Rules of Thumb

  • Divert the eye to your assets.
  • Color and shape create imaginary curves.
  • Lines create optical illusions.
  • Cutouts, fabric changes and motifs create focal points.
  • Dark colors, lined suits and delicate prints are slimming, both wet and dry.
  • Light colors, flimsy fabrics and shiny fabrics add dimension to slim figures.
  • White and light colors become transparent when wet, if they are not fully lined.
  • Neon, fluorescent and extremely bright colors look best on dark or tanned skin.
  • Fill out shortcomings with full details such as ruffles, shirring or gathers.
  • Control abundance with support linings.
  • The suit length should have a sleek fit and not yank up or drag down.
  • The top of the swimsuit should be as flattering as your best bra.
  • Thongs, G-strings, tongas and triangle-back bikini bottoms should only be worn on toned, firm, cellulite and stretchmark-free behinds.
  • For a sure terrific fit, always check your rear view in a three-way mirror.
  • The skimpier the suit, the tighter the body should be.
  • Whisper-light fabrics exaggerate lumps and bumps.
  • A light tan slenderizes… don’t forget a strong sunscreen.
  • There’s nothing wrong with wearing a paero to cover up if that makes you feel comfortable.