CAROL’S CORNER

Welcome back to my own little spot in the blogosphere that I affectionately call ' Carol's Corner”. Well it looks like warmer weather is here to stay. Seems like we bypassed Soring and went straight to Summer. Today was the first day you didn't have to have a coat or even a sweater. Love my outfit for the day. I love the whole ensemble from start to finish. The color is just divine and the blouse is exquisite in every way, from the style, to the floral design, to the beautiful lace. We are calling this one, ” Tropical Lace”.

The boldness of the bracelet just seems to work with the rest of the jewelry I selected to wear with this.

So with Sumner weather starting to appear, what is one thing you start to think about, maybe with trepidation? You have it, finding the perfect swimsuit. In looking for something to base tonight's blog, I found a really cool article. It's found in the May 6th style section of the Huffington Post. It is titled”. The No-Bullsh*t Swimsuit Guide for EVERY Body Type”. So let's explore what advise they have to offer us in finding that perfect swimsuit.

It seems our body types are always described in shapes, “The Apple, The Pear,The inverted Trapezoid “. It's almost impossible to keep track of the ways our bodies are being categorized. When you're at the mall do you ever hear yourself say, “Ugh, I can't wear this top because I'm apple shaped ?” Of course not, but you might hear this,”I can't wear this because my boobs are too big/too small or my torso is too short/too long”. While the outdated categories frustrate us on a daily basis, they become even more annoying when swimsuit shopping — a task that is difficult enough without us having to figure out if we're banana shaped or not. If these fashion editors couldn't decipher their body shapes it's safe to assume most of the female population couldn't either.

So to help everyone out they decided to come up with a guide to bathing suit shopping using language we actually use when we talk about outselves. Whether you want to conceal cellulite, have back fat, or provide enough support for the girls, they have a bathing suit for you.

TEENY TINY BUST:

If you're a member of the itty bitty committee, finding a suit that flatters your bust can be a challenge. The best bet for a girl who has a teeny tiny bust is to go with a top that has embellishments or ruffles to give the illusion of a bigger chest. Alternatively, a suit with padding can help to give you a little something extra.

LARGE BUST:

For the girls with big girls, string bikinis aren't your friend. Nor are bathing suit tops that come in S,M, and L. Cup sizes and underwire will offer you the support you need so the girls won't be all over the place when you take a dip. Also look for thicker bathing suit straps and double-stitched bands for the most flattering results.

BROAD SHOULDERS:

There are a few things you can do to balance out your body when you've got a set of broad shoulders. First, opt for a solid covered suit with printed panels along the side. This will help create the look of an hour glass figure, thus evening out a boxy upper body. You can also rock an asymmetrical neckline, which will draw the eye up and away, instead of straight across.

FLAT BOOTY:

This is another time when frills and ruching come in handy, as they give the illusion of a bigger behind. Opt for bottoms with bright colors and loud prints to try and distract from a flatter tush. Also showing a little cheek is preferable to full-coverage bottoms.

LARGE BOTTOM:

If you've got an ample backside, string bikinis and high cut swimsuits can be uncomfortable and a bit too revealing. You'll need a suit with enough fabric in that area so you're not constantly tugging for more coverage or picking a wedgie. So beyond avoiding Brazilian and other skimpy cut swimsuits , you should look for designs with solid bottoms and printed tops–which will help balance out a bigger bottom.

COMPACT ATHLETIC BODY:

The goal here is to give the illusion of more curves, which is easily done with a top with cups, padding and gathering, and by picking girlie prints and bright colors. Don't go for straight-across bandeaus, boy-cut briefs, or shapeless full-pieces, as this will only enhance your athletic figure.

LOVE HANDLES:

Oh how we love to hate our love handles. But fighting the bulge is easier than you think. A high-waisted bottom works wonders— just make sure it extends above your belly button to prevent a muffin top.

SHORT TORSO:

The trick to elongating a short torso is adding length and lifting the bustline. Low-rise bottoms make your torso appear longer and halter straps draw attention to your neck and shoulders, making people skim over your short mid-section.

BACK FAT:

The last thing you want is a suit with thin straps that will dig into your straps and make those dreaded flesh folds even more pronounced. So reach for designs with thicker straps and high backs to smooth any lumps and bumps.

SHORT LEGS:

If you want to elongate shorter legs, go for suits with high cuts in the leg(a la Kelly Kapowski). Since you are showing more skin, it will will make your gams appear longer. And if you're really brave, go for a thong for optimal lengthening potential.

FULL THIGHS:

To try and flatter a fuller thigh, opt for bottoms with a little more coverage. Borttoms with a skirt can help to conceal part of your upper leg( and feel free to skip the bikini wax).

A TUMMY POUCH:

Hiding a tummy is actually much easier than most people think. Peplums, for example, aren't just great to wear to the office—They are also perfect for a day at the beach. A full-piece with ruching can help to conceal your stomach. Choosing any one- piece with a plunging neckline can help to keep the focus upwards, rather than on your midsection.

BIG HIPS , SKINNY LEGS:

The key with this body figure combo is balancing out your shoulders and hips. And since you got plenty of hip, pick a suit that gives the illusion of an elongated clavicle. These off the shoulder numbers will do the trick.

PREGNANT:

Since you don't want anything too tight around your mid section(obvi), it's best to look for tankinis since they provide ample wiggle room, sun protection, and easy access to your growing belly. And speaking of easy access–a two piece makes going to the bathroom a breeze.

CELLULITE:

Whether your slender, curvy, short or tall–cellulite doesn't discriminate. And simply trying to cover it up with those tiny skirted suits isn't going to work. But there's no reason to turn into “Modest Molly” or sacrifice your personal style when attempting to keep those unsightly dimples under wraps. Look for swimdresses and tankinis with longer hemlines, but still pack plenty of sass.

SCARS:

ThIs is a tricky category–especially since we don't know where your scars are located. However there are tons of suits out there with unique cuts and interesting shapes, so your bound to find something to conceal a scar or two. Consider a crop top if your scars are located on your chest, upper back, or shoulders. And suits with mesh inserts allow for full coverage while still showing a bit of skin.

BURN EASILY:

Sun-sensitive ladies have it tough. You want to catch some rays , but you don't want to look or feel like a boiled lobster afterwards. But beyond having a cover up and SPF 50 sunblock at the ready, your swimsuit can also provide a bit of stylish protection. Consider the rashguard. The long-sleeved tops aren't just for serious surfers anymore and they also come in a variety of fun, eye catching prints.

So there you have our swimsuit issue of Carol's Corner. Although skinny models were used in a good portion of the pictures, I'm sure you can use the tips for different types of bodies when you go hunting for the perfect suit this season. The suit that I fell in love with while putting this together is the high waist belted two piece floral. I would love to see if I am able to wear one like that. I also loved the two one piece black suits that were shown in the back fat section and the one piece black ruched suit.

I hope you enjoyed this and found some useful information. With all the summer months coming up and the weather getting better by the day, stick to your plan and get out there and get moving! Till next time, God Bless.

 

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