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Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A Charlotte Expert

April 2, 2013 9:00 AM

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(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Although it’s still a little bit chilly out, summer is on its way. Bikini season is right around the corner. And what better way to prepare for baring skin than tips from a fashion expert?We recently chatted with Nordstrom personal stylist Bianca Moreno, about finding the best swimwear for every body type. Moreno, who has the responsibility of curating looks for her clients at the Southpark mall location, loves to “make shopping a breeze” for everyone. What’s more, she specializes in finding “the most flattering looks for every body type”. Therefore, relieving body insecurities and making every woman feel beautiful is priority on her agenda.

So, whether you are shaped like an hourglass, exceptionally petite or athletically built, Moreno has perfectly stylish insight for swimwear shopping.

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Know Your Body Type
Moreno suggests that the first step every woman should take is analyzing her individual body type to select the best swimwear for her shape.“Are you shaped like an hourglass? If so, you have a curvy, voluptuous body type,” states Moreno. “However, other female body types can be compared to fruit…If you are top heavy with broader shoulders and narrow hips, you have an apple shape. Wide hips, yet smaller up top? You have a pear shape. Last, but certainly not least, if you are petite up and down, you have a banana body shape…All equally gorgeous!”
A One-Piece Is Not Always The Answer
Instead of covering up your body, Moreno actually encourages her female clients to show more skin.“Though many women believe a standard one-piece swimsuit is the solution to all their body woes and insecurities, believe it or not, that is not always the case,” says Moreno. “Often, one-pieces put your lumps and bumps on display more than a bikini.”

Accentuate Your Favorite Body Parts
Related: Hot New Beauty Tips And Tricks For Spring In CharlotteMoreno, an avid believer in loving your body, also offers advice for women to highlight their most-beloved parts and draw away from less favorable areas.

“If you love your curves, flaunt them, don’t cover them up,” explains Moreno. “String bikinis do a great job of showcasing your figure in a flattering way. [If you] Have great cleavage, try an underwire cup for extra lift and extra va-va-voom.”

A Bathing Suit Can Create Optical Illusions
Whether you are concerned about your tummy, lack of curves or small bust, Moreno has a workable solution.“For instance, if your tummy is your main concern, try an empire-waist on a tankini or [a] one-piece. It will instantly divert attention,” reveals Moreno. If you have an athletic, banana build, try a monokini that exposes your midriff in an unexpected way and creates the appearance of a curvier figure. Want to create legs that appear long and sexy? Opt for a high-cut swimsuit.  Halter tops and ruffles [on a bikini top] also draw attention to your bust and gives the illusion of a bigger cup size.”

Confidence Is Your Best Accessory
Despite any anxiety that may surface while donning your swimwear, Moreno urges women to remain poised and self-assured.“No matter what your body insecurity may be, it is possible to look good in a swimsuit,” explains Moreno. “No matter your size or shape, it’s all about your body language. Own it!”

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Jennifer Brix is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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