For a couple of months now, I have tried on different styles, from daring two-piece string bikinis to cutout one-pieces. I realized that I am more flat-chested than ever, my lower abdomen underneath my navel is usually bloated, and my torso is too long. Even though I love a modest swimsuit, I find that one-pieces actually emphasizes how long my torso is and how short my legs are in comparison. When I tried on the skimpy two-pieces, especially with the low-rise bottoms, my belly seemed to protrude and gleam for all to see, much like those little children with the distended bellies per side-view.
Luckily, through trial and error, I found the perfect style that made everything more flattering!
*Frill/ruffle on top - You think I would gravitate towards the padded push-up tops, but they tend to be molded in a way that I cannot fill out the cups and are quite uncomfortable. Thus, the more favorable solution are the tops with the frills/ruffles, providing an illusion of oomph, especially on bandeau styles.
*High-waisted or mid-rise bikini bottom - I am ever so grateful that high-waist is now in trend. These cover my lower belly perfectly, drawing the focus up towards the small of my waist instead. To avoid looking like a diaper though, I prefer the mid-rise (hits right at or slightly below the navel) and staying away from solid colors, especially white or pastels.
1. ASOS Neoprene Frill Bandeau Bikini Top ($29) size US 4
love that it has removable halter string to change up the look
2. Missguided Lace Up Palm Print Bikini Brief ($16) size US 4
best part is the lace-up tie to adjust for bloated belly comfort, ha!
3. Old vintage runner shorts makes for a cute bum cover
(other keywords to search: runner shorts, dolphin shorts, track shorts)
4. Oversized tee as cover-up (Forever 21 men tee in size M)