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Washington DC Expert’s Tips For Swimsuit Shopping

April 2, 2013 9:00 AM

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As with all clothing, finding a flattering swimsuit is all about balance and dressing for individual body types. Devote time and put effort into discovering just the right style. While trial and error may prove discouraging, slimming and flattering suits prove satisfying and appealing. Once you find an approved style, buy it in every color to ensure you’re set for summer.

Cyla Weiner
Sylene of Washington
4407 S. Park Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 654-4200
www.sylenedc.com

Sylene of Washington is a trusted lingerie and swimwear store in Chevy Chase. The experienced staff is comprised of fit experts and helps clients find their inner confidence and outer sex appeal. Cyla Weiner opened Sylene in 1975 and runs the shop with her sister Helen. They both worked in their parents’ lingerie shop as young adults. Weiner has decades of experience in the body-fitting field.

After being in business for close to 40 years, I have never met a woman who enjoys bathing suit shopping. For most, it is a dreaded experience that is always at the bottom of the list of things to do. We at Sylene make it easy for you, regardless of the shape your body is in. It is important to emphasize the good-looking parts of your body and minimize the ones you aren’t as pleased with. There are many different types of suits from which to choose. You can definitely make your suit turn heads,” said Weiner.

Tip 1: Busty

For busty women, a bathing suit with superior support is key. Sized bathing suit tops are the way to go and even those in sizes D-G can be both sexy and supportive. Bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits can minimize your bust. Mixing and matching prints and solids offers excellent variety. For example, wear a solid bikini top paired with a coordinated, printed bottom. Durable straps are also an important consideration.

Tip 2: Smaller Bust

Flattering bathing suits can give you what Mother Nature didn’t. Enhance yourself with ruffles, ruching or swim push-up pads. Any one of these options will make your bust line appear larger. A is definitely okay, because the correct choice will create cleavage where there once wasn’t any. Triangle tops and padding should do the trick.

Related: Best Lingerie Stores In Washington, D.C.

Tip 3: Tummy
If your stomach is not so flat, opt for a suit that compliments and flattens the mid-section. Suits that feature shearing, color blocking or asymmetrical patterns all do this easily. A surplus wrap suit is always a wise choice. The trend of the moment is high-waisted bikinis, which are perfect for flattening. It is also helpful to find a suit with tummy control or spandex inside.

Tip 4: Curvy
To deemphasize the hip and torso area, search for a suit that focuses on your legs. Contrary to popular belief, the higher the suit is cut on your leg the longer your legs appear, thus making your hips look smaller. Dark, solid bottoms and a printed top is also a safe selection. If you want to minimize the bottom half, strive to draw the eyes up.

Tip 5: Long Torso
Not to fret, there are suits made specifically for those with long waists. A bikini or tankini break up the hips and shoulders, adding proportion. The options are endless. Classic halter tops and deep V necklines elongate and highlight the chest.

With knowledge of the ideal bathing suit for your shape, the suit-buying process is made easy. This season, say goodbye to hours spent under those awful dressing room lights because you will be in and out in no time. Hey, you may even buy a bathing suit online. Who would have thought?

“The good news is that whatever shape you are in, there is a fabulous suit that will look good on your body today. You just need to come to the experts where we work with clients everyday and find you the perfect suit,” said Weiner.

Related: Best Swimwear Shops In D.C.

Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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