May is what I call the ‘gateway to summer’ month. Aside from post-New Year’s Day, it’s the time of the year when my Instagram feed is filled with images of people working out and eating healthy in hopes of getting swimsuit ready for summer. Whether you’re working on slimming down or not, the key to looking and feeling good in a swimsuit is to choose the best suit for your body type.
Besides car shopping, there’s nothing I enjoy less than swimsuit shopping, but I’d rather take the time to find the right swimsuit than not and wish I had. Here are some tips for making sure your swimsuit hunt is short, sweet and successful.
Top Heavy – To balance a full bust and not so full hips, look for a patterned swimsuit with a built in bra to hold you in and give you the support you need. A one-piece suit with gathering at the high-hip between the chest and lower hip will flatten your belly and balance out your bust and hips.
Small Bust – While a padded, push-up top might do the trick, often times they don’t create the classy look I know you want. Instead, try a thin-strap halter suit with a high-waist bottom. This will draw attention down to your legs and away from the appearance of a smaller chest. Either a one-piece or two-piece will do the trick.
Pear Shape – You want to show off a small waist but downplay wide hips. Look for a swimsuit with a dark vertical pattern or detail down the middle. This will elongate your midsection and balance out your curves.
Plus-Sized - You’re not forced to wear a one-piece. In fact, there are many flattering two-piece options that will give you the look you desire. Look for solid colored suits or suits with a lighter pattern on top and darker pattern on bottom. You’ll also want to find a suit with ample back coverage and sturdy straps so that you’re not constantly adjusting.
With all of these looks, you may feel most comfortable wearing a netted sarong or even a floor-length sheer robe. This very popular option offers full coverage without looking like you’re hiding.
L.A. native, Shatieko Wilson (pictured above) is a ‘renaissance woman’. She’s multi-talented and great at everything she puts her mind to. Muse of June is a passion of hers that started back when Shatieko was a child playing in her closet, which she admittedly still does.
This one-of-a-kind online accessory boutique slated to launch in June, no pun intended, will offer all hand-made pieces made from metal, dyed woods, resin and silks.
These pieces are designed with the intent of sparking a conversation as they can easily stand alone as the statement piece of your outfit.
Shatieko, who also goes by Tieko Nejon, is extremely passionate about everything her hands set to do. She believes she has what she has because God saw fit to uniquely equip and charge her with it. She chooses everyday to accept His grace and live out her calling unashamed and with no apologies.
Meet Shatieko on June 29th at her pop up shop. For more information about Muse of June and her upcoming pop-up shop dates visit www.museofjune.com