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Compass F a shi o n
There are some kinds of swimsuits that will make
your body look gorgeous, others that won’t. Life
is too short to spend it hiding. So stop hiding, and
start showing the best of you this summer. The most
important thing to keep in mind before you head out is
the fact that you need to identify your body type. Once
this is established, you will be able to use certain little
details to your advantage to make your figure pop out!
If your body is curvy-hourglass, this means you have
a proportioned body shape with shapely shoulders and
curvy hips being equal in size. Your bust probably will
be medium to full. Your waist is very defined, while
your thighs and bottom are full and curvy as well. I
recommend you wear a solid-color bathing suit that gives
balance to your curves. If you have a full bust, you need
extra support on top like underwires. Avoid bandeaus,
tiny triangle tops, or ultra thin fabrics. Look 1 is perfect
for a curvy silhouette, has support on the top, and the
V-neck will make sure to streamline your shape.
If you have a straight-column shape to your body,
you don’t have a lot of curves. That’s OK. Your Torso and
upper body are the same width as your hips with little
waist definition. Our challenge here would be creating
a more curvaceous figure. Look for feminine styles
with ties and ruffles, which are essential to create extra
curves. I suggest wearing prints that add visual curves
to your body. Look 2 works great for this type of body
because it features prints, a halter-top and details like
bows on the top and bottom that add curves.
The last important thing to keep in mind is that
confidence plays a key part in how great you look and
feel. Whichever swimsuit you prefer to get drenched in
this summer, make sure to wear it with your head — and
shoulders — held high.
› Marisol Gomez is an Image & Style Consultant who has spent most
of her professional life working in the fashion industry. Her passion
in life is to help individuals find their inner essence and then coach
them on how to best show it to the world through their personal
image. After taking several image consultant training courses,
she’s now working at The Image Resource Center of New York, one
of the pioneering image-consulting firms worldwide. For more
information, visit Marisol-Gomez.com.
Look 1 Bathing suit, Carioca Collection
Piage @ Passion Swimwear, Miami Beach;
Necklace, JennySalinas.com; Bracelet,
Emamo @ Passion Swimwear.
Look 2 Bathing suit, Delfina Swimwear
@ Passion Swimwear, Miami Beach. For more
great summer looks like the ones seen here, visit
Marisol-Gomez.com. Brief Time
“Ah, summer, what power you have
to make us suffer and like it.”
— Russell Baker
36 Be Square
If you’ve got the body for it, and that’s
not easily accomplished, nothing
beats the classic brief-cut suit at
the beach this season. If you don’t
have the physique, wear pants; $34,
SpeedoUSA.com. A sexy alternative to the classic
Speedo, this unique body-hugging
style is fitted with a square-cut
leg, making gents feel a little more
comfortable than Speedos. No peep
problems here; $39, Sugoi.com.
Remember how crazy all those bikini-
clad girls went over The Beach Boys?
Well, their fitted, classic pair of board
shorts may have done the trick; Just
make sure to find the right size for
your shape; $30, SpeedoUSA.com.