By Alexandra Taylor
As the warm-weather months begin to become a reality, it’s that time of year again when swimsuit season is upon us. Whether you excitedly await the sun-soaked months or begrudgingly avoid them, knowing the tips and tricks to finding the best swimsuit is key to all beachside happiness.
Voda Swim’s top designer Yulia Drummond gives us her swimsuit expertise to rescue you from any bikini bind!
1. DO OR DON’T: Get a new suit every year?
I think it all comes down to each woman’s budget and how often you use your swimsuit. I like to get several new swimsuits each year, because I like to freshen up my collection with new colors of the season and I wear my swimsuits all the time. It just makes me feel great when I get to wear a brand new bathing suit. Plus, a new suit helps to get you excited to put it on and show it off at the beach rather than dread it!
2. BEST ADVICE: How to buy a swimsuit?
First I would recommend shopping for swimsuits online. The great thing about shopping online is you can try on the swimwear in the comfort of your own home. This can make all the difference – you’re not afraid to step out of the dressing room to get a better look in the mirror, or check out what your derriere looks like! The other great thing is that you can find a lot more variety online, giving you a better chance to find the right bikini for your body type. Also, make sure to shop at websites that offer free shipping and free returns. This way you can purchase a wide variety of styles and find the one that is perfect for you. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting the right swimsuit for your body. It will make you feel great, and look great too!
3. SENSITIVE SPOT: Arms…and how to draw attention away from them.
I would wear a suit with a solid color on top and a pattern on the bottom; it will draw eyes away from your arms and chest.
4. CHOICES, CHOICES: Slimming colors and patterns.
It all depends on complexion and personal preference. Even though black is always considered a slim choice, great colors like indigo, mulberry and charcoal have been the hot trending colors and offer a similar effect. I love stripes and dots in my clothes wardrobe and I think they are fantastic in a swimsuit selection as well.
5. SENSITIVE SPOT: Thighs…and how to draw attention away from them.
Many women are very critical of their bodies when they shouldn’t be. I like doing lots of squats and lunges, they’re easy to do even at home if you have 10 minutes, and work wonders to tighten up your thighs and butt. If you’re sensitive about your thighs, I would recommend an adjustable swimwear skirt or a cover up skirt to go over your existing suit. I would also recommend accentuating other areas of your body, such as your bust. Bring those eyes up to your chest with a pushup top and a fun, bright print.
6. BEST ADVICE: Buying a cover up.
I am all about functionality, so I like buying a cover up that matches many of my swimsuits and can be worn at the beach, but also a casual restaurant (either with or without shorts).
How to Play Up or Down your most Alluring Assets
1. Bust minimizing swimsuits
Support is the key and a little lift never hurts to create some amazing looking cleavage. Stick to halter style suits that provide more coverage and support at the same time. Voda Swim’s Envy Push Up ® Crisscross Top will help hold your girls in place. The crisscross top goes up to a DD cup and the wide underbust band and crisscross on the back provide great support while helping to get some weight off your neck.
2. Bust enhancing swimsuits
Ruffles and other accentuating details – and don’t be afraid of bright colors. Contrary to popular belief I recommend staying away from bandeau tops, as these tend to flatten the chest rather than enhance it. Stick to triangle shape tops that draw the eyes towards your cleavage. And of course, a little push up will always help. The classic Envy Push Up ® String Bikini will do the trick of creating an illusion of a bigger bust, or if you’re not afraid of a little detail, try Voda Swim’s Fringe Top or Ruffle Tie Front Top.
3. Play down a fuller bottom
Why hide it? Flaunt it! Trying to hide a Fuller Bottom only draws more attention and not the good kind. Instead wear bottoms that accentuate your hips such as tie side bottoms. Try Side Tie Hipster Bottoms or if you must cover up get an Adjustable Scoop bottom. These bottoms will show off the legs with the help of side ties but will still cover all the right areas.
4. Enhancing up a flat bottom
Create the illusion of a scrumptious toosh with ruffles or scrunching on the back of the bottom. If you’re feeling risqué, go for the Brazilian style suit. This will show off more booty, which will create a bigger looking butt. Voda Swim’s Envy Push Up ® Fringe String Bikini pairs up with a bikini bottom with a full scrunch to create the illusion of a bigger booty.
5. Belly minimizing swimsuits
For a bigger tummy I would recommend a one piece or tankini with built in tummy control and shirring on the waist. The shirring will disguise problem areas and tummy control will tighten your stomach. Voda has both a shirred one piece and tankini options.
6. Flat-belly flaunting swimsuits
A cut- out monokini is a perfect solution to break up a long torso. While most women stray from stripes, women with long torsos should give them a go to add visual appeal. Go for an Envy Push Up ® Fringe Monokini.