Women's Biggest Bikini-Buying Mistakes from yahoo.com
Let Your Body Talk. You need to really come to terms and make friends with what you look like . After all, when it comes to finding the suit that suits you, it's all about accentuating your body type. Selecting a color or shape which is trendy but not flattering to your body" is a serious "don't. Ask yourself, 'Does the color make your eyes, hair color and skin tone come alive?' You want that answer to be yes.
Women who have athletic physiques can go girly with ruffles, which soften a less-curvy figure with a feminine touch ($76 - $82, Bloomingdales.com).
On the petite side? Take your style to new heights with a top that draws the eye upward; think prints and bright colors, like a suit from Xhilaration ($14.99 - $17.99, target.com). Another trick to make you look taller: Flaunt those gams with a high-cut leg line that sits almost to the hip.
Trying to minimize your midsection? A fold-over waistband, such as a blue and red bottom from Volcom ($38, Zappos.com).
Self-conscious about your hips? Suit up with a skirted bottom that hugs your curves the right way Try a Becca by Rebecca Virtue style ($70, Zappos.com).
Don't Be A Total Showoff. There are better ways to impress the lifeguard. Busts should be covered up three-quarters of the way. It's still sexy, and it's not like you're wearing a T-shirt.
This daisy-print halter-top from Roxy passes the test ($42, roxy.com) — and it will totally hold up during a shore side volleyball game, if you're set on impressing that lifeguard.
Know What's Up. Fun in the sun can mean hanging ten in the ocean — or working on your tan poolside. So think about what you'll be doing while you don your bikini. Very often, if you buy a strapless [bikini], it will end up down and around your hips. f you're going to be running around chasing little kids on the beach or being sporty, or maybe you're more of a sitting-by-the-pool-drinking-a-cocktail person, you need to make sure the suit you're going to buy is going to serve you well in all those different roles.
Plan on taking a dip? Opt for a swimsuit with straps, like a floral Betsey Johnson stunner ($82 - $128, Bloomingdales.com).
And if that role is the latter, take your summer day sip by sip in your pretty-as-paradise attire, like a fringe-embellished top from L*Space ($68, Zappos.com).
Show Some Support. How can you look fabulous and fit in your bikini? The answer: a fabulous-fitting bikini. Saggy bottoms and loose tops — that's no way to make a stylish splash this summer. There's no reason to walk around showing off your body in a poor-fitting product. Your bathing suit will likely stretch a little bit, if it's a little too small, then it's probably going to be fine.
If you want to show off your, um, below-the-belt assets, opt for a bottom with less coverage instead, like a neon hipkini from Victoria's Secret($18, victoriassecret.com).
Don't Sweat It. Between tan lines and sunburns (and that hot lifeguard!), you have enough to think about when you strip down into your swimwear. So leave your insecurities back home in your closet with your winter ware because the true secret to looking hot doesn't have a price tag. There's something about a woman who wears a bikini with confidence. She still looks spectacular. So mix and match bold prints and colors, and build your bikini wardrobe based on staples, like the classic triangle top — it's the universal top.
Try Roxy, which is available in summery favorites such as orange and yellow ($40, roxy.com).