Better.TV's Rhiannon Ally talks to Jene Luciani about choosing a swimming suit.
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How to Choose a Swimsuit
Rhiannon Ally: Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means, it's almost swimsuit season but before you go screaming for the hills, you should check out some figure-flattering swimsuits that are made for any body shape.
Author of The Bra Book and style expert, Jene Luciani is here to show us some of the latest styles for all shapes and sizes. And Jene, we all have problem areas we want to hide.
Jene Luciani: Yes, I mean it's really important to remember with swimwear that fit is the most important thing. You don’t want an ill-fitting swimsuit and also, just to be aware of your body shape when you're shopping for a swimsuit.
So, just like shopping for a great dress. You know, you want what is appropriate for you. Some things are age appropriate and like we've talked about with the body types. So, we've broken them down today in two different body types.
Rhiannon Ally: Okay, so let's get started with the first one.
Jene Luciani: Yes. So, we have Crystal first and she is our full figured gal.
Rhiannon Ally: She looks great.
Jene Luciani: She looks amazing. This miracle suit has a really fabulous print and it is very slimming. The sharing at the waist and the way it crisscrosses at the top really draws attention to the thinnest part of her body. So, the miracle suit actually makes you look a size smaller.
Rhiannon Ally: Maybe it’s even two sizes smaller. She looks fabulous.
Jene Luciani: Yes, it looks great and that is available at SyleneDC.com and that is about $130.00.
Rhiannon Ally: The next one we have is the Apple-Shaped.
Jene Luciani: Yes. This is Mary. She is the Apple or the inverted triangle as some would call it and she really needs to create balance on the top and the bottom. So, we put her in a great one piece, it's black. It's very slimming, the tank style is very minimizing on the top and she has the bright colored Pereo on the bottom.
Rhiannon Ally: So, it draws more attention to the bottom?
Jene Luciani: It draws more attention to her bottom half, really creating that proportion that we all strive for, that hourglass figure and that is actually her own design. It's $75.00 via Tucci swimwear.com.
Rhiannon Ally: No wonder she looks so beautiful.
Jene Luciani: Yes exactly.
Rhiannon Ally: Designing them for her. Now, the next one we have is the pear shape and this is a common shape.
Jene Luciani: The shade of the apple, yes a lot of women are bigger on the bottom than they are on the top. So, we put her on this great swim mini by Land's End which you can get the Land's End shops at Sears or landsend.com and the halter bikini top with a built in bra to really give her that support on top. And as you can see, I mean it really gives the illusion of an hour glass figure and that will run around $90.00 for both and again, landsend.com or the Land's End shops at Sears.
Rhiannon Ally: Okay, now the next one, the athletic body. She has amazing abs.
Jene Luciani: Yes.
Rhiannon Ally: I would be smiling too.
Jene Luciani: Yes. She is a wellness fitness trainer, so she is in amazing shape and she is what we call sort of banana shape. She doesn't really have any curves and a great swimsuit can kind of create those curves for her and give her a little support up top. So, we put her in the Voda swim bust boosting bikini. Yes and it actually makes her look a cup size larger on top. So, it really gives her those curves that wouldn't already have and the color looks great on her.
Rhiannon Ally: She looks fabulous.
Jene Luciani: Yes.
Rhiannon Ally: So, what about women over 40?
Jene Luciani: Women over 40 can really find an age-appropriate bathing suit but still be sexy. So, we put her in this Asian Provocateur. They make lingerie but they make swimwear now and it's a one piece.
It's strapless, so it shows off her décolletage and that's $330.09. So, she's really not showing too much. She's age-appropriate.
Rhiannon Ally: Thank you so much for showing us all of these designs today.
Jene Luciani: Yes, no problem.
Rhiannon Ally: They all looked wonderful.
Jene Luciani: And for lots of other flattering looks for all shapes and sizes, you could pick up a copy of Jene's book, The Bra Book available now.