Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A Connecticut Expert

April 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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Kelly Kegan and Kathryn Peloso are owners of Swim ‘N Surf of Fairfield LLC. They opened the shop in 2005, just minutes from the Fairfield beach. Friends since elementary school and both having an affinity for swimming, fashion and experience in the swimwear industry gave them the spark to combine their interests into a retail shop.

Kelly Kegan
Swim ‘N Surf of Fairfield 
43 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 292-6351

Kelly specializes in swimwear with style, swim team outfitting and helping in designing banners and caps. She has been working in the industry since high school. Her college degree came from the College of New Rochelle. Swim ‘N Surf sells swimwear for women, men and children, with sizes beginning at 2T. Designer suits by Sophia, Marc Jacobs, Anne Cole, Cabana Life, Ella Moss and others can be found. The shop also carries accessories, beach bags, hats, goggles and cover-ups, sold year round.

Tip 1

If you are tall and thin, frills and ruffles add curves and distractions. A tankini looks great and you can always wear a suit with horizontal stripes. Swimsuits with a belt are just right to add body definition to your figure. A bandeau neckline will help achieve your beach look. Also, look for a top that has a push-up bra. If the padding is insufficient, add a pad to create a curvier you.

Tip 2

A quick fix for a short torso is a bathing suit with a high-cut bottom that creates the illusion of a longer leg. This body type is perfect for a bikini with a halter top. Also, one-piece suits with a high neck are becoming popular, creating length and keeping the eye moving upwards. They are great to swim in and will give a taller appearance. Find a suit that is solid or at least not too busy of a pattern.

Tip 3

The easiest way to minimize a large bottom is to not wear a suit that cuts you straight across your thighs, like boy shorts. Choose a suit where the bottoms cut higher up and gives the look of an inverted “V”. Your suit should have a bold color or design on the top half. This will cause the viewers’ eyes to move up the torso. Swim skirts/dresses are popular and are a fashionable option.

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Tip 4

If you want to tame your tummy, there are many designer suits, both one-piece and tankinis, with tummy control. A textured fabric or ruched design give similar results. Look for a patterned suit that has a print or color blocks that slim. A “V” neck swimsuit works well, drawing the eye upward and away. Showing off with a plunging back is sure to make a statement.

Tip 5

If you are large on top, wear a suit with bra support construction. Wear a swimsuit with adjustable and wider straps for added support. A good strap fit should have a one-inch space when you slip your finger between the shoulder strap and skin and lift up. Sweetheart necklines support and flatter a bustline.

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