Taiwan Fun Magazine, August 2004


Finding The Best Swimsuit


     The long, hot, sunny days are back, so it's time to turn up the WOW! Factor with this season's hottest swimsuits styles, ranging from wild tropical African prints to sexy slashes, sporty stripes to classic modern blacks and whites!

Looking one's best on the beach is not always the most ego-boosting experience if the suit is wrong. Most designers, it seems, forget that 90 percent of the world's females aren't itsy bitsy. But worry not, for this season's swimwear collection caters to all heavenly bodies. In fact, this season sees the launch of the largest-ever swimwear collection for each body type. Designers have gone so far as to create suits that not only hide tummies, but create curves and elongate legs and hide butts.

Slim Tummy: A well cut one-piece in a very bold print helps camouflage bulges, whittling the middle to create a smoother, more lean line. Or, if that's too much print, why not try vertical stripes which elongate--a girl can't ever be too tall!

Creating Curves: Feeling like a surfboard? Fear not, playing with patterns is the best way to create the perfect illusion of a more feminine curvy silhouette. Why not try mixing horizontal stripes that elongate with diagonal stripes that widen. Cut outs, especially on the back, are also great to fill out one's figure and make it appear less boyish. A scoop neck and larger stripes on the top of a halter style creates cleavage while a demi-cup makes breasts appear fuller!

Looking leaner: This season's halter styles and plunging neck lines are the perfect way to not only elongate your torso but also clinch it in. Subtle ruching and pin-tuck details around the tummy and breast are great camouflage tools, too--especially on a backless or strap suit, as this helps flaunt your bony bits.

Hide Butt: With sporty bottoms, flirty skirts and wraps, today's full cover suits are far from nun-like. An A-lined swimsuit mini is a very chic way to achieve this season's look. For a more sassy type, why not try the boy short bottoms with a ban due top. And if its more butt that you want, then try suits with cargo-pocket details on the rear--great shape creators!