Current swimsuit styles
In western culture, men's swimsuit styles include boardshorts, jammers, swim trunks, briefs and so on.Women's swimsuits are generally one-piece, bikinis. The most recent innovation is the burqini, a more modest garment designed for Muslim women, which covers the whole body and head (but not face) in a manner similar to a diver's wetsuit. These are an updated version of full-body swimwear, which has been available for centuries, but complies with Islam's traditional emphasis on modest dress. In Egypt, the term "Sharia swimsuit" is used to describe full-body swimwear.
Swimsuits range from garments designed to almost completely cover the body to garments designed to reveal as much of the body as possible without actual nudity, the choice of garment depending on factors such as how much or how little sun protection the wearer desires, air and water temperatures, fashion trends, and modesty. Swimsuits can be skin-tight or loose fitting.
How to Buy Women's Swimsuits
For competitive swimming as well as aquatic fitness activities, such as lap swimming and water aerobics, a good swimsuit will increase your efficiency in the water, keep you feeling comfortable during your activity, and stand up better to the deteriorating effects of chlorinated water than most fashion swimsuits.
Determine Your Size
To determine your swimsuit size, you'll need to measure yourself using a tape measure.
. Take your measurements while wearing only your underwear
. Stand in front of a mirror
. While measuring, make sure that the tape measure is straight, not twisted
. To get an accurate measurement, the tape measure should be snug, but not pinching or tight
Step-by-Step Measuring Guide (For men)
. Find your natural waistline by bending to one side. While standing straight, measure around your waistline
. Men should measure just above the hipbone (or about an inch below your natural waistline) to determine the appropriate swimsuit size
Step-by-Step Measuring Guide(For women)
. Step one: measure your waist
Find your natural waistline by bending to one side. While standing straight, measure around your waistline.
. Step two: measure your bust
Measure around the fullest part of your bust. If this measurement is between numbers, it should be rounded, either up or down, to nearest whole number.
. Step three: measure your torso
Run the tape measure around your body from your shoulder where your bra strap rests over the fullest part of your bust, down through the center of your crotch, and back up to the starting point at the shoulder
Matching suit styles and designs to your body type will help ensure that you'll not only feel good and perform well in your new suit, but look good, too.
. Ample bust
A dark solid color at the top of the suit with a pattern at the bottom will draw the eye downward
Sturdy straps and full coverage at the neckline and armholes will add support
. Smaller chest
Bright colors, prints or diagonal stripes across the chest area will visually enhance your chest
. Large Tummy/Waist
Slimming stripes or color blocking at the waist can create the illusion of a slimmer middle
High-waisted bikini bottoms may also divert the eye from the midriff
. Long torso
Look for suits offered in long torso sizes
Two-piece suits can also eliminate fit problems for lady swimmers with long torsos
. Large hips and thighs
Look for suits with vertical patterns and stripes, or suits that feature a bright color at the chest and a darker color below to draw attention away from the lower body
Higher cut leg openings can also create a slimming illusion, but don't sacrifice appropriate coverage for style
When to Replace Your Swimsuit
Despite the advances in fiber technology, chlorine will eventually deteriorate swimsuit fabrics. When your suit begins to bag or feels looser than when it was new, it is time to replace your suit.
Editor: Yvonne Huang