How to Choose the Right Swimsuit for Your Honeymoon

South Shore Swimwear owner Dana Duggan helps you narrow down from a sea of choices.

That dream honeymoon at a tropical paradise awaits. But you’re still rocked by memories of last season’s swimsuit shopping nightmare. Wake up and smell the sea air. South Shore Swimwear owner Dana Duggan is here to help with tips for matching your suit to your shape.

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Big Busted Women

When the girls are your biggest concern, Duggan suggests going with a suit that is bra-sized—such as a 34B, 36C, etc.—and has bra detailing such as cups, underwire, boning, or other support. And sagging isn’t sexy. “They should have wide straps at the neck for the best lift,” she recommends. Halter-style tankini tops are another good choice for a flattering look.

Courtesy photo/Photo by Steve Sullivan

Courtesy photo by Steve Sullivan

An Athletic Build

Sports-influenced styles such as sports bra tops, halter tops, bandeaus, strapless tankinis with shorts, or mid-rise bikini bottoms are Duggan’s choices for a boyish build. You can even go all out and try design details such as piping, color blocking, and embroidery that are inspired by pro sports team uniforms. Plenty of designers are going surfer chic with rash guards and scuba jackets. These styles are practical and functional, protecting you from sun and surf.

Courtesy photo/Photo by Justin Mayotte

Courtesy photo by Justin Mayotte

An Hourglass Figure

You’ve got that enviable womanly form, so show it off. The world’s your oyster, according to Duggan, with one-piece swimsuits in almost any style working well, but especially the monokini. She also suggests tankini tops with bra styling, bra tops along with your choice of mid-rise bikini bottoms, high-waisted bikini bottom, or the classic string bikini bottoms. While cutout designs are tricky for most, you can rock them with ease as they can draw attention to your little middle.

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A Pear Shape

A halter-style tankini top that ties behind the neck with a high-waisted bikini bottom, a short, an A-line skirt, or wrap, gives you a more balanced form, says Duggan. “A one-piece swimsuit with an empire waistline or one with princess seams is also very flattering and feminine. … I like to combine contrasting fabrics and will often mix solid and printed fabrics for a slenderizing optical illusion.”


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