Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A Las Vegas Expert

April 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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When Kate Upton took the world by storm with her first Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, she did it wearing a suit by Kathleen Bruening. The red and black ombre string bikini was one of 250 custom suits Bruening submitted for the annual swimsuit edition. More than 35 swimsuits created by Bruening were included in the 2012 and 2013 issues. The same suits are available for purchase on her website at
 Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A Las Vegas Expert

Kate Bruening of Kate Swim (Credit, Christa Emmer)

Kate Bruening
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Henderson, NV 89014
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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.

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Tip 2: Don’t Be Afraid To Go Outside The Box

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.

kateswinfringecrystals Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A Las Vegas ExpertTip 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.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at

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