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Fashion Forward: 6 Tips to Help You Use Your Wardrobe to Show off Your Summer Body

You’ve worked hard shedding those extra winter pounds. After hustling at the gym, you’ve earned a rockin’ summer bod that deserves to be shown off. Your summer wardrobe is the lightest collection of clothes you’ll get to wear all year, so embrace your physique, show some skin and look as good as you feel with these five summer fashion tips.

Dress for Your Body Type

Everyone’s natural physique is different; some people are bottom-heavy, others carry more weight in their upper-body and some are leaner while others tend to be on the curvy side. Health is always more important than numbers on a scale, and as long as you’re nurturing your body, you should celebrate its natural shape!

Are you an apple shape that tends to hold weight in the middle, or do you fill out toward the bottom like a pear? Understanding your body type will make it much easier to choose the right cuts and fabrics for your summer wardrobe.

Use the Right Cuts to Accentuate Your Best Assets

Different styles of clothing can draw attention to your favorite features. If you have a taut waist, play it up with contrasting colors, fitted tops and a belt. V-necks are a good way to lengthen and smile a torso as well as make large breasts appear smaller.

If you are shorter, keep all of your bottoms right at the hip. Low-rise or high-waisted shorts and jeans can make a short body appear imbalanced.

Choose Clothing that Empowers You

Dress to impress yourself. Rather than sticking to the trends and confining yourself to what’s “in,” choose clothing that showcases your personality and makes you feel like you’re living your best life. Sometimes, it can be nerve-wracking to dress in a certain style, but you’ll automatically look better when you radiate confidence.

Don’t Go Overboard with Texture

Ruffles and flounces can exaggerate fuller figures and make even a great fitting swimsuit appear unflattering. Aim for colors over texture, sticking to light, breathable fabrics that are airy and keep you cool throughout the day. Rely more on your accessories than bold prints to complete an outfit since it’s easy to go overboard with the latter.

Try before You Buy

When it comes to summer wear, especially swimsuits, it’s best to stick to physical retail stores. There may be some awesome deals online, but it’s difficult to gauge how well something will fit and feel when you move. Bathing suits are especially hard to place, and you may even find that you fit in several different sizes from the same brand depending on the particular style.

You need clothing that doesn’t just look good but also withstands movement and activity; if a bathing suit sags or bunches, then you won’t have a great time lounging poolside.

Remember that lycra, a common material in most swimsuits, expands half an inch when it’s wet, so the initial fit is crucial.

Focus on What Makes You Feel the Best

While you might feel proud of your summer body, you aren’t obligated to show off as much as possible. Stick to clothing that makes you feel comfortable is the best way to showcase your physique. Modesty has nothing to do with sexiness, either. A one-piece can be just as tantalizing, if not more so, than a string bikini.

Stick to your own tastes and your natural confidence will shine no matter what you choose to wear. If you’re unhappy with how you look, maybe it’s time to see a professional. Anyone from a therapist to a coolsculpting specialist could be the one that can help you look and feel better about yourself.

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