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Kate began designing clothing at the age of eight, and by 16, she was selling swimsuits in her home state of Hawaii. Kate designs swimwear to fit any body, not just supermodels. She designs custom suits for models and the pageant girls. She also has a new retail line launching this month. Kate shared great tips for choosing the best suit for your body.
Tip 1: Focus on Your Best Feature
Look in the mirror and pick the best feature on your body. It could be your legs, chest, waist or eyes. Base your swimsuit choice on that feature. Kate’s first rule in bathing suits is that less is more. Covering with more fabric will only serve to highlight size. If your hips are on the larger side, go with a higher cut bottom or one that ties on the side. Choose bottoms with a center back seam. It makes your rear appear flatter and smoother and your body won’t be fighting the material.
Tip 2: Go Outside The Box
Most women pick the same swimsuit design year after year. Flood the dressing room and try on multiple styles by multiple designers. You may find a that particular designer you never tried has a lot of suits that look great on you. You may even end up mixing and matching bottoms and tops from different lines. And don’t be afraid to change it up and wear different colors together.
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Tip 3: Go Three Dimensional
When trying to highlight smaller breasts or hide larger ones, pick suits with embellishments like fringe, rosettes or crystals. The eye focuses on the embellishment, not the size of the body part. It will also give that needed boost without adding that annoying padding. Suits with ruffles and ties around the body draw attention to small waists.
Tip 4: Choose Colors Over Black And White
Many women opt for a black suit thinking it will make them appear slimmer. Instead, it ends up washing you out. Choose bright shades or ones that enhance your skin, hair or eye color. Stay away from busy or loud patterns. You don’t want to draw too much attention to the fabric.
Tip 5: Pick Quality Over Quantity
Not everyone can afford a custom-designed suit. Kate suggests buying say, one and half swimsuits – one top and two different coordinating bottoms – that you can mix and match. A quality suit will have a better cut and design and will be made from quality material that will keep you looking your best all summer long. Don’t exercise in your cute suit. Buy a separate athletic suit for swimming laps.