After two pregnancies, my six pack is a little more cuddly than cut. Luckily choosing a flattering swimsuit for the midsection follows some of the same techniques as parenting a toddler: boundaries and distraction.
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The draped panels on this Bleu Rod Beattie Chain Reaction Halter offer confident concealment from both sides. The drapes cut towards a V, narrowing the torso, while providing core coverage right where you need it. While the unexpected chain detail strategically draws attention to your lovely legs.
The Kamalikulture Shirred Mio Suit is a middle figure classic. Rouching or shirring over an area you’re less than confident about immediately minimizes and disguises superfluous bulges. The seamed panels on the side offer an optical illusion of a narrower waist.
Small appropriately placed prints like those offered on the Jessica Simpson Women's Safari Chic One-Piece act like optical illusions. A tiny print helps blur and camouflage everything underneath it. Unlike the deservedly dreaded wide horizontal lines, small series of horizontal lines like these accentuate the smallest part of your body, creating instant hourglass perfection.
This Jersey Lomellina Colorblock Tank from J.Crew was so cute on my linear figured, athletic bestie that I had to try it on. Unfortunately what it flaunted on her, it failed on me. The silky, thin fabric offered no structure while the large blocks of solid color left me unmasked with an arrow pointing to the softest area of my squishy, delicious center. High cut leg lines can elongate legs, but they can also overexpose thighs, which was a cost not worth the benefit in my case. And the unsupported bandeau led to a frowning, droopy bust.
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I wouldn't have trusted just anyone to capture my swimsuit clad figure on film. I thank the trustworthy Breanne of Red Poppy Photo for posing me, photographing me, and giving me the courage to put my real body into a swimsuit for educational purposes. Her camera is just as kind as the operator behind it. Check her out.