Common Swimwear Myths That Need Busting

Posted on 9 July 2022
By Jo Ching
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With summer here and more time spent at the beach, in pools, and on vacation in sunny climates, now is the perfect time to start shopping for a new swimsuit. However, as you browse, whether online or in-store, it pays to keep some tips in mind.

In particular, it helps to know some of the most pervasive myths about bathing suits that need busting sooner rather than later so you don’t buy the wrong item for your wardrobe.

Myth: The Best Colour for Looking Slimmer is Black

One of the most pervasive myths in our culture is that you need to wear black swimsuits if you want to look slimmer. While the dark shade doesn’t hurt when it comes to giving the impression of a lean physique, you don’t have to only rely on black. Other appropriate hues to give a slimming effect include plum, dark green, navy, brown, olive, and grey, among others.

Also, remember that different colours work differently on women with various hair shades, so it’s worthwhile trying different options to see what suits you best. Some shades look fantastic on ladies with blonde or grey hair, while others might particularly suit women with red hair or those who are brunettes. Some people can wear multiple hues well, while others are more limited. It does depend on your complexion, too.

As you search for new bathing suits for women, also be on the lookout for products with vertical or diagonal stripes, as these can help you look and feel slimmer. Similarly, tiny prints can have an appealing effect.

Myth: Only Thin, Young People Should Wear Bikinis

As we age, many of us think we have to dress radically differently. While it’s wise to update our style as our tastes evolve and our bodies change, we don’t have to throw out every cut or colour we loved when we were younger. This is the case regarding bikinis, for instance.

Although social media posts, blogs, magazine articles, and societal norms, in general, may make us feel like a two-piece should only be the domain of the thin and young, this isn’t the case. Anyone can wear such bathing suits with confidence if they want.

Look online or in-store at swimwear options, and you’ll see a vast array of bikini products to select from, with something to suit every body shape, age, and taste. What is vital is understanding your particular body shape and what looks best on it. Once you know this, it’s easier to source two-piece swimsuits that flatter you.

For example, if you have a petite build, you might like to look for a bikini with a halter-neck top to balance out your shape. However, if you have an ample bosom, you’ll want to source a bralette top to give you enough cover or another style of bikini top that provides the support you require.

Myth: Ladies with Petite Chests Require Padding

Another myth that continues to do the rounds is that women with flat or petite chests must pick swimwear with padding. While you might like to get an extra boost up top by picking products with this kind of addition, you certainly don’t need to. Other choices will suit well and are worth considering.

For example, you might like to consider the fact that you can wear a much deeper, more plunging neckline than many other ladies because you have less to worry about keeping in check to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. Have fun feeling sexy and free in barely-there bathing suits that many full-chested women would love to be able to wear safely.

Myth: Ruffles and Patterns are a Must for Rectangular, Athletic Frames

If you have a more rectangular, straight-up-and-down, athletic frame, you’ve probably been told at some point that it’s essential for you to wear swimming costumes with lots of ruffles on them, especially around the chest, or that you need to opt for patterned swimwear rather than plainer materials. However, this isn’t necessary.

If you don’t like frills or busy designs, you can create the illusion of more curves in other ways. For instance, you might like to buy a bathing suit in a simple colour with some sexy cutouts and seaming, to create plenty of oomph and draw the eye. Or, colour-blocked options also work nicely on athletic builds.

Other myths you want to be aware of include that more coverage is always better than less and that you should buy swimwear in the same size as your standard clothes. In fact, though, too much material is not only uncomfortable but can also add unnecessary bulk to your frame.

Plus, you often need to buy swimsuits in smaller sizes than usual to ensure the product doesn’t get too big when it stretches. Some brands create products in large or small fits, too, so you must try swimwear on to find the right size.

Take your time shopping for new swimwear since it’s not the easiest product to get right the first time. Research and try on many options and think about your goals and needs for the bathing suits you purchase.