The best thing about living in the tropics is that you don’t have to wait for summer to put on a sexy swimsuit. Whether it’s for a staycation slash dip in the definitely-Instagram-worthy infinity pool atop Marina Bay Sands or a trip out to one of our gorgeous neighbouring islands for a spot of sun-sand-sea, there’s a swimsuit worthy of the occasion.
Armed with the right knowledge, you’re going to score one that makes you look a million bucks. And here’s rule number one: Own your body and wear what makes you feel good. There are just tips, not hard-and-fast rules. You’re in a swimsuit to have fun and if someone is going to get all judge-y on you, that’s a reflection of their own insecurities and nothing on you. With that in mind, here’s a handy guide to get you on the way.
Accentuate your waist
A one-piece with cut-outs at the sides flaunts a tiny waist and also helps to create the illusion of an hourglass figure. Darker panels along the sides have the same effect. Also try swimsuits that feature an optical belt around the waist for a cinched-in look. A striped bikini also works — the stripes will make your bare middle look slimmer.
Hide a less-than-flat tummy
If you are not happy with the bulge on your middle and would prefer to camouflage it, bundling up is hardly your only option. One-piece swimsuits with cut-outs at the sides not only flaunt your waist, they also conveniently help to conceal belly bumps. Plus, revealing just enough skin also serves to act as a distraction.
You think your chest is too small
Underwire and padding is one way to go about balancing proportions, but also consider embellishments your best friend. Whether it’s ruching, ruffles, stripes or the wildest prints, you can wear any of them to your heart’s content.
You need support for ample boobs
Big girls need adequate support if you want to have a good time without worrying about spillage. Full-cupped swimwear can sometimes feel mumsy so opt for bright colours or sexy halters with a deep V-neck instead of just focusing on covering them up. String bikinis are mostly a no-no — they’re not going to hold you together — and neither are many of those flimsy pieces that come in S, M and L. Instead, look for swimwear with underwire and actual cup sizes for a good, flattering fit.
Add oomph to a flat bottom
Play with details like frills and ruffles to create the illusion of a fuller behind. Wild colours and crazy prints also serve as good distractions. Alternatively, flaunt some skin. Bikini bottoms that show off butt cleavage work better than going full-coverage. Got legs to envy? Go for a swimsuit cut high on the hips.
You think your butt is too big
You want something with enough coverage to make you feel comfortable, so you won’t be tugging at your bottom the whole time. A good tactic is to pair a dark-coloured bottom with a printed top, so as to even out proportions.
Hide love handles or back fat
If you have some extra at the sides and would prefer that they stay reigned in, opt for one-piece swimsuits or high-waist bikini bottoms. The latter should finish well above the belly button and fit properly to reduce any muffin-top spillage. The right fit is equally important for those pesky back fats. You’d want to try on the swimsuit to make sure that there aren’t any straps or cut-outs digging into your skin or creating lumps and bumps.