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The Bikini : Finding your Fit

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"Statistics are like a bikini : what they reveal is suggestive , but what they hide is vital " - Aaron Levenstein

The bikini was invented in the year 1946 by French designer Louis Reard. It was named after Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands where the U.S.A was conducting nuclear tests. Reard predicted that he new design would have an " explosive" effect and he was right. It was made popular by Ursula Andres in 1962, where she starred as a "Bond Girl". This "costume" as described by Andress could not hide anything and indeed made her famous. In 2001 this famous swimsuit was auctionned in London for 35,000 pounds ! In that same year Halle Berry brought  back the bikini in "Die Another Day". Not everyone is as confident as Ms. Berry. I have come up with some tips on how to find the bikini that is right for you. First of all , you should know your body shape. There are five major body types :



Hour Glass Figure : If you have an overall curvy body with wide hips , full rear and busts a small waist , you are considered an hour glass or pear shaped body type. Look for swimsuits that accentuate the waist.
The best swimsuits for women with the hourglass body type tend to have halter tops, V-necks, allover prints and side details, which highlight the curves and give good accent to the waist and legs















 

 

Oval


If you have a full bust, waist, and upper back, but less full hips, a flat rear, and a pronounced tummy and midriff with slim arms and legs, you should look for suits that provide a steady balance to your body type, especially any swimsuits that can elongate your figure.
Swimsuits with a built-in under-wire bra and skirted bottoms can be very flattering and balancing, and wide or square necked suits can narrow the shoulders. Look for surplices to provide a longer and more balanced look to your figure, or consider blouses to camouflage and downplay your midsection while accenting your other attributes.




















 

 

 

Triangle


For women with more prominent hips, thighs, and rear, less prominent shoulders and bust, and average to large legs, swim dresses and skirtinis can be a great way to provide balance to the figure.  Look for swimsuits that use a print or light colored top and a solid, dark bottom. Or try something with an embellished bust-line to draw the eye up toward your face and shoulders.
Women with fuller thighs should look for dresses, skirts, and shorts that flatter the figure, and other slimming designs include one pieces or swim dresses with princess seams and empire waistlines.




 

 

Inverted Triangle


If you have a full bust, waist, and upper back, but less full hips, a flat rear, and a pronounced tummy and midriff with slim arms and legs, you should look for suits that provide a steady balance to your body type, especially any swimsuits that can elongate your figure.
Swimsuits with a built-in underwire bra and skirted bottoms can be very flattering and balancing, and wide or square necked suits can narrow the shoulders. Look for surplices to provide a longer and more balanced look to your figure, or consider blousons to camouflage and downplay your midsection while accenting your other attributes.





 

 

Square


This body type includes women with a bust, waist, and hips of a similar size.  If you consider your figure as “boyish, it can be very beneficial to your figure to create curves by trying halter top swimsuits, twists, wraps, and skirts to add shape for a very flattering and feminine look.
Look for shirring at the waist and bust or pretty details like ruffles to add the illusion of curves.


























I really hope i helped and hopefully you will make the right choices as it relates to choosing the right bikini for your body type.
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