Swimsuit season is upon us, and for some of us, it's not always the easiest time of year. The thought of shopping for, much less wearing, swimsuits can bring unnecessary, yet understandable, dread.
But it doesn't have to. Much of the trick to overcoming the stress is looking for silhouettes and patterns that best "suit" your shape.
Since we at Verily are supporters of featuring real, non-photoshopped women as our models, we enlisted the help of five wonderfully unique and talented women to model fabulous one-pieces and tankinis. In addition, each woman pictured also shares her honest advice on how to get past fears and wear your swimsuit with confidence. It's a good reminder that we're all in this together—and that together we can help each other embrace the best versions of ourselves.
SWEETHEART & RUCHED//
The sweetheart neckline and halter option is great for women with fuller busts. The ruched detail helps camouflage any lines or areas you don't want to draw too much attention to and creates an all-over stylish look! Solid colors also work best for those that have more curve to their shape, and this cool teal looks stunning on Celestial.
Celestial Williams, 37, Owner/Designer of Just Ruby Clothing
Confidence and a smile are a women's best assets. It doesn't matter what size you are or what body shape you have. When trying on swimsuits, hold your head high, keep your shoulders back, and focus on positive self-talk. It may sound silly, but try it! I promise any suit you try on will look ten times better!"
A one-strap shoulder suit is a fun and feminine alternative to the traditional sporty suit. It provides coverage and support while beautifully highlighting your shoulders. This suit features the always-in-style combo of black and white, and the diagonal lines elongate your form—best for women who are a bit shorter. Add fun jewels and a polka-dot sarong to lounge poolside!
"Swimwear is possibly your most visually vulnerable fashion opportunity. The trick is to realize you are a complete package, not a disembodied bottom or underarm or stomach. You are so much more than the sum of your parts. Your body is a miracle, and your swimsuit is merely an opportunity to have fun and relax."
If you have a small bust-line, wearing a swimsuit or tankini with ruffles or texture across the chest can create more shape. Mix and matching a tankini top and bottom is also a great way to break up the silhouette and create variation for a flattering and slimming look.
Rashguards aren't just for surfers anymore; they are also a great alternative to the run-of-the-mill one-piece, especially if you relate to the tomboy and sporty aesthetic. Besides, they are extremely comfortable and look great on all shapes, in addition to guarding you from sunburn!
"The best piece of advice I can give any woman is to know what's best for your body type. Embrace it! You are unique and will always look fantastic if you keep that in mind."
Rashguard and bottoms, Charade from Albion Fit
A classic, sporty one-piece typically looks great on all shapes, but its higher-scoop neckline works best for more flat-chested, petite figures. If you're planning a daylong outing, bring along a chambray shirt as an easy and stylish cover-up!
A retro classic, the maillot silhouette is one that can flatter many women. The sweetheart neckline with sturdy straps and bottoms in a brief cut that cover your hips while still flattering your natural shape—what's not to love? If you think an all-black swimsuit is boring, add a bold hat to accessorize.
"Be confident in your beautiful body, and find a swimsuit that makes you feel great—you won't regret it!"
For the ultra-feminine gal, sweetheart necklines and peplum ruffles are the way to go. Peplums also draw attention to your natural waist—the smallest part of a woman's figure—and are especially flattering on those with pear-shaped figures.
If you're long, lean, and tall, go for bold and bright large patterns to get a fantastic look! The graphic polka-dot pattern of this darling single-shoulder one-piece is playful while still mature.
Summer Bellessa, 34, Actress/Creator of The Girls with Glasses. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @summerbellessa and @thegwgshow.
"You have to put the time in. Try on as many as you need. Once you find a fit that is flattering, figure out why and stick with what works. It's better to stay classic and look your best than be trendy and look bad."
One-piece, Charade from Albion Fit
Want to see more from our photo shoot? Click through the slideshow below to get inspired!