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Yes ladies, the bittersweet reality of swimwear season is upon us!

With hot weather and outdoor lifestyles around the corner after a long winter of hibernating, it can be a shock getting used to the idea of “exposing all” in a few short weeks.

Now … how to lessen that anxiety and make the most of your fun in the sun? In a word: get some expert help.

Don’t be afraid to embrace your curves by taking the time to be fit for a swimsuit that suits your body, your comfort level, and your lifestyle.

While bra fittings have become common practice, swimwear shopping at the best of times can be daunting. Often, the closer a woman is to a “perfect 10″, the more critical she can be when seeking the perfect suit. Alternatively, a woman who has struggled with her weight for years may choose to focus on fewer criteria when shopping, as she feels she has to settle only for a bathing suit that “fits”.

Just as being fit by an expert bra fitter offers solutions that you never thought imaginable, the same magic can apply to swimwear.

So, to answer the question of whether you have the luxury of being selective when it comes to your swimwear purchase, the answer is a resounding YES! In fact, the most difficult part of your fitting should be making the final decision!

If your curiosity is piqued, and a swimsuit fitting is on your “to-do list”, keep an open mind but also keep in mind what the trends are telling us this season. Here’s a roundup of this season’s leading style trends:

Like in outerwear, colors trend in and out of swimwear fashion. Keeping this is mind, it is always important to work with not only your preference, but your color palette. Bold solid colors are being showcased this season, with corals (autumn color) and cobalts (winter color) standing out as favorites. If understated elegance is your taste, gravitate toward the taupes and soft floral prints that we saw on the runways this spring.

When it comes to bikinis, women are not only mixing different styles on the top and bottom in order to best complement their figure, but different color palettes as well. Let’s face it, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and color blocking or ombre prints, used to distract the eye to certain areas or details, offers a very contemporary yet flattering effect.

While it is now common practice to mix and match tops and bottoms when exploring bikinis or tankinis, don’t worry if it’s just not working out. The full one-piece has had a complete revival, and can not only be a very flattering and slimming look, but also very sexy! In addition, retro-inspired swimwear, with high-waisted bikinis, stripes and polka dots, offer some coverage and exude confidence by still showing off a little tummy. You can find great deals on cheap bikinis here.

Once the swimwear has been selected, the fun begins! Cover-ups and cruisewear — what we wear over our suit from poolside to bar side, and even out to dinner in many cases — complete the look and make travelling seamless. Less is more when it comes to packing, and versatile maxi dresses and kaftans are definitely all the rage right now.

Speaking of vacationing, it is crucial to have a checklist! You’ve packed your shades, beach bag, sandals, and jewellery. Now, what swimwear to bring?? Whether work, play, girls getaway, family holiday, or sheer romance, your swimwear wardrobe may not break your trip, but it can certainly make it! A few ideas to keep in mind…

  • While the halter may be the most flattering or the most supportive bra style, do you need a bandeau for tanning?
  • While you’ve invested in a gorgeous quality toe dipper, if the kids are on board, make sure you also have room for a bit of “functionality”! A beautifully supportive tankini comes in handy for quick washroom breaks, playing in the pool, and kids climbing all over you!
  • While the full one-piece is most comfortable, should you be brave and bring that sexy black bikini you’ve always been not quite ready to wear?
  • While black is your staple here at home, a sexy red or white, fun floral print, or soft feminine pastel may be just what the doctor ordered to put both you and your company in the mood!

Don’t fall into the habit of waiting until the very last moment (if at all) to begin the thankless search for the perfect swimsuit. Instead, indulge in the experience and take time for yourself. With the proper fit and the right style to suit your figure and lifestyle, you may surprise yourself and find that you look better than you thought possible!

Truth be told, all women share the same desire to feel beautiful. Why not make that a priority and a reality this season as you embrace your curves in the sun!

Styles Shown (from top):

  • Karla Colletto, ‘Outlines’ collection
  • Shan, ‘Anemone’ collection
  • Vix, ‘Betsey’ collection
  • Vix, ‘Betsey’ collection
  • Seafolly, ‘Sophia’ collection
  • Vix, ‘Uluwatu’ maxi-dress
  • Jets, ‘Lighthouse’ collection


Melmira Bra & Swim Boutique is a Toronto lingerie salon. Melmira’s staff offers expert bra shopping and fitting advice to Lingerie Talk readers each month.

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