We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!” – Maya Angelou
With the recent passing of one of my favorite heroines, Maya Angelou, I have been thinking about this quote and how her wisdom can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. When it comes to confronting ourselves and looking in the mirror, I feel certain Angelou was not referring to bathing suit shopping, yet it’s hard to imagine an occasion that calls for a more honest, candid assessment of our confidence and courage than shopping for a new swimsuit!
For many women, bathing suit shopping can be one of the biggest shopping challenges. Just for the record, I have never had a client that hasn’t squirmed or winced during a bathing suit consultation. Whether we are in the client’s home or in a store’s fitting room, my goal is for my client to eventually stand in front of that mirror and embrace the reflection looking back at her.
Are you planning to sunbathe, swim, or participate in active water sports? Swimsuit fabrics are created with unique characteristics, so keep these facts in mind:
- Polyester-Lycra is the sleekest fabric choice, but may not hold up well in a chlorinated pool, as the spandex in the Lycra will eventually break down when exposed to chlorine.
- The colors in a nylon-Lycra suit will fade over time, but not as badly as polyester-Lycra.
- In the end, unless you are planning to participate in competitive sport, I would opt for polyester-Lycra.
This is a wonderful time to take a look at your reflection in the mirror and seek to highlight the body part you like most, whether it is the bust, waist, leg or bottom. Remember that a higher leg cut always makes your legs look longer.
- If you have a thin frame, look for suits to add volume to your shape. Ruffles, cutouts, multi-colored fabric, texture and ruching are options to consider.
- If you are bottom heavy, choose a solid color or a small, simple print. Look for details or embellishments around the chest or neck for visual balance.
- If you have a large bust, opt for a v-neck or plunging neckline, and look for straps that are supportive and not too thin.
- Lastly, always size up one size and take several styles into the fitting room with you.
You may prefer to do this in the privacy of your home by ordering online. To save time and increase your likelihood of success, always order more than one size. If you luck out with the first round, you may have a second career ahead of you! If you do decide to try purchasing a swimsuit online, here are a few of my favorite sites:
One last tip: Avoid trying on suits after a meal. Be determined, strong and hopeful – there is a swimsuit out there for everyone!
From my closet to yours-