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Right Swimsuit or Bikini
Choosing the Right Swimsuit or Bikini
for Every Occasion
by Vanessa Lausch
Most women own at least a couple of swimsuits or bikinis.
Some of these swimsuits may be old, comfortable favorites,
while some may be trendy and new for the summer season.
Doubtlessly, some of the swimsuits are more modest; others
are sexier and flashier. With all of the choices that
most women seem to have in their swimsuit wardrobe, choosing
the right swimsuit for every occasion can become quite
a daunting task. Swimsuits are designed and intended for
a wide variety of purposes and activities, from swimming
laps to attracting men at the beach. With all of these
different swimsuits to choose from, it can become quite
difficult to select the most appropriate swimsuit for
the occasion. In the following paragraphs, you will find
a brief guide to several of the most common swimsuit-wearing
activities or outings, along with a recommended swimsuit
style and color for that activity or occasion.
Swimming: Of course, almost every woman knows that a sexy,
skimpy bikini is hardly the best choice for swimming laps.
No matter how much spandex is contained in that small
amount of material, it is not likely to stay put and remain
comfortable for serious swimming. However, swimming laps
at the local pool or gym does not have to merit your drabbest
or most boring swimsuit. For a good fit and look while
swimming laps, try a one-piece swimsuit with a polyester
blend. A polyester-blend swimsuit should stay put and
go the distance with you. Vertical stripes down both sides
of the suit can help define the waist and add a little
style to your swimsuit. While white is probably not the
best color choice for lap swimming (it has a tendency
to show through), almost any other color is appropriate
for this activity. Feel free to indulge you inner sense
of style and fashion when choosing a swimsuit color for
serious swimming activities. To test the comfort and fabric
flexibility in your swimsuit, be sure to circle the arms
and rotate the shoulders in the dressing room.
Beach Volleyball: Beach sports like volleyball or Frisbee
require a swimsuit that will stay in place during extreme
amounts of bodily movement, similar to lap swimming. However,
being on the beach where hundreds of people are likely
to view your swimsuit or bikini also requires a sexier,
more attractive swimsuit than lap swimming would warrant.
In this way, beach volleyball and other beach sports pose
a rather challenging problem for swimsuit selection. The
best bikini option for beach sports is a halter top with
a tie front and back paired with either short boy shorts
or brief-style bikini bottoms that sit on the hips. This
type of bikini wont gap or give, whether you are
spiking a ball or diving for a dig. It will also retain
a sense of beach-style sexiness. As far as color is concerned,
the sky is the limit on appropriate colors for beach sports.
Try some fun tropical prints or sporty stripes to indulge
in summer style.
Country Club Visit: Every so often, an occasion such as
a visit to the local country club requires a more sophisticated
swimsuit look. A general rule to follow with country club
lounging is: if a membership card is required, a chic
and classic swimsuit style is also required. While swimsuits
no longer need to be prim and proper in order to be appropriate
for country club display, they do need to be somewhat
more tasteful and modest than the suit you would typically
wear on the beach. To achieve a tasteful sexiness at the
country club, try a bandeau-style bikini or a one-shouldered
maillot. Feel free to try floral prints, cheerful colors,
and stripes, but stay away from bright neon or shiny metallic
swimsuits. If you feel the need to wear a white swimsuit,
make sure it is double or even triple lined to ensure
modesty and opaqueness. A country club visit does not
need to be an extreme show of propriety, but your swimsuit
should be tasteful and classic.
Yacht Party: For a party out on the bosss yacht,
country club rules generally apply. It is likely that
you will not be doing much swimming in your swimsuit;
so feel free to experiment with the newest trends in swimsuit
fashion. You will want to maintain a tasteful look (depending
upon the company of the yacht), but you can still indulge
in some trendy, new looks. The latest swimsuits designed
for lounging include one-pieces with revealing cutouts
or plunging necklines. While these swimsuits are not designed
for serious swimming, they can get wet. In other words,
you should not worry if your ice cubes drip a little.
For the yacht, you should generally choose understated
colors or a simple black and white bikini combination.
This look is fresh and sassy, and wearing the white up
top is flattering for the figure. Be sure to remember
a cover-up or sarong in case it gets windy out on the
Backyard Barbecue: For the summer fun of a backyard barbecue,
anything goes as far as swimsuit choice. It is likely
that you will be surrounded by family and friends, so
feel free to indulge in your own personal style with bright
colors and fun prints from the latest trends. However,
depending upon the guests at your backyard barbecue, you
may want to show some restraint in your swimsuit or bikini
choice. If there will be children at the party, be sure
to wear something tasteful and fun, such as a cute, ruched
tankini. It goes without saying that, if you have invited
your future in-laws, you may not want to wear your newest
thong bikini. Nevertheless, a backyard barbecue or neighborhood
get-together is one of the most casual occasions that
require a swimsuit. You should use this time to indulge
in any swimsuit style you choose.
Beachcombing: If you are planning a visit to the beach
to do some serious lounging and relaxing, feel free to
bring along your skimpiest swimsuit or bikini. The beach
is the perfect location to show off that sexy string or
thong bikini you have been dying to wear all winter. To
get the pipeline perfect style in terms of color, try
pairing boy shorts or briefs and a halter-top in a Hawaiian
motif. If you want to add a little more modern funk to
your style, try a floral-and-stripe combination in your
bikini. Or, if your beach visit requires a little more
sophistication, try a one-piece suit in a floral print
or a mellow lime color. Regardless of what you bring,
be sure to embrace the beach as the prime location for
relaxation and style exhibition.
Cruise: If you are headed out on a romantic or fun cruise
in the near future, it is likely that you will be packing
several swimsuits to bring along. You may want to use
a combination of styles and colors from the occasions
listed above. There will likely be plenty of opportunities
for lounging by the poolside in a skimpy bikini or one-piece
swimsuit with cutouts. You may also be able to do some
lap swimming in the on-board pool. Also, there may be
some opportunities for beach visits in fun Hawaiian print
suits. For a cruise, you may just want to bring the entire
swimsuit wardrobe along and use your best discretion for
choosing among the options for the best swimsuit for each
outing. In fact, a cruise just may be the perfect opportunity
to practice your newly acquired skills in choosing the
most appropriate swimsuit or bikini for every outing.
About the Author
Vanessa Lausch is a technical writer for More Swimsuits
(http://www.moreswimsuits.com/) an online swimsuit store.