Do you have Short Legs? If you want to lengthen the look of short legs, look for a one two piece swimsuit that lengthens them. Find a swimsuit that is cut high on the leg openings to help lengthen the look of your leg. Many 1980's swimsuits are cut high on the hips.
Do you have Wide Hips? Look for boy shorts, skirted suits or dressmakeer suits to camouflage the problem or try a one piece that sits high on the thighs. This will lengthen the legs and draw the eye away from the hip area.
Do you have a Small Bust? Look for a top that lifts the bust. These usually come with straps that tie around the neck or go for that classic halter style. Deep V cut open front suits will also help pull the eye to the waistline. Tops that offer a little padding will help in this area as well.
Do you have a Long Torso? Tankinis are perfect for you. Unlike a bikini, the longer top disguises the fact that you are long and lean. If Tankinis aren't too your liking, look for a swimsuit that sits high on the leg. This will emphasise their length instead of your torso. Or a high waisted vintage two-piece suit might be right for you. Some vintage 50's swimsuits by Rose Marie Reid were made for the taller longer torso gal. Look for ones labeled 'Magic Lengths'.
Do you have a Thick Waistline? Tankinis work for you too. Or check out one pieces that are all one dark color. Patterns running on an angle can give the illusion of a narrow waist as well. Sarong style suits will also help accentuate the waistline. They will cinch you in quite nicely.
Do you have a Short Torso? One piece swimsuits with a high cut neckline will stretch you out and make you look just like a model! Or look for a two piece that will sit low on your hips.
Do you have a Tummy? Look for suits that offer a mask cover-up that covers the problem area. You might also look for suits that built-in tummy support in the lining or in the fiber itself. Many vintage 50's style swim suits have a modesty panel, a straight cut panel that extends across the front of the tummy, and offers girdle like support.
What era swimwear is best for your body type?
Swimwear in the 1940's offers clever details, cutouts and usually no bust padding. Satin stretch fabrics with Lastex were popular.
Many of the swimsuits from the 1950's are made in the hourglass shape to form and mold the body with construction details and fabric similar to undergarments which help to emphasize assets and camouflage flaws.
Suits from the 1960's still offer support devices and the two piece suit gains popularity with the midriff being the focus.
In the 1970's the thong is introduced, the legs openings reach higher on the hips and spandex/nylon combinations are prevalent. String bikini's become popular.
The 80's brought the athletic body with shoulders and backs into focus. We begin to see a reemergence of the one piece, low cut bodice, bandeau tops, racer backs and T backs.