The Best Swimsuits for a Short Torso

Short-waisted figures are flattered best by a two-piece that sits low. This gives the illusion of a longer torso.

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Ahhh, the often dreaded swimsuit. They've come a long, way baby. From the days of complete coverage to being barely there, the biggest challenge today is choosing something that suits your body type, and feels comfortable all at once. If you're aren't blessed with a long and lean torso, you will generally have the hardest time finding a flattering swimsuit. Don't let perfectly airbrushed swimsuit models get you down. It is possible, with determination and patience, to find a style that suits you and your short torso. Get ready for some fun in the sun.

Figure it Out. Are You Short-Waisted?

Do you find it difficult to find pants, underwear and swimsuits that look and feel good off the rack? Do pants that are designed to sit a few inches below your belly button sit on or right near it? Is your mid-section rather thick and not defined by a little waist? If you've answered yes to these questions, chances are, you have a shorter-than-average torso. No question, this makes it challenging to find a flattering swimsuit. And, if you have some fat on your frame, it will likely require more effort to find what you need to look and feel your best. The good news is, once you know what to look for, you'll have won half the battle.

Avoid the One-Piece if You Can

If you have self-perceived figure flaws or are shy to bare your midriff, you may be inclined to cover up your torso with a one piece. This can be a big mistake. If you're short in the mid-section, one-pieces can make you look even shorter and thicker as they may tend to bunch up around your belly. If you aren't long enough to stretch the one-piece out, you may also find yourself with straps that slip off your shoulders -- annoying, and that could also cause an unwanted peep show. If you just can't wrap your head around a two-piece, then look for a strapless or racer-back one piece without any gathered material or ruching through the middle.

Two-Piece Tips

Short torso figures are flattered best by a bottom that sits at the hips, not near the belly button. Bottoms that rest too high visually chop you in the middle and make you appear shorter and thicker than you really are. Whatever you do, make sure the bottom doesn't dig into your flesh -- this will give the illusion of a muffin top and no one wants that. It might take many a try-on to find the right fit, so when you hit the shops, pack some extra patience in your purse.

Found Your Fit? Stock Up

Once you find a fit you love, if your budget allows, consider buying two of them. If your favorite style comes in a variety of colors and patterns, invest in one more. If the store doesn't have them, look online. Once you know the brand and your size, it isn't risky to buy over the Internet. Or, source a good tailor and have some custom made. Swimsuits don't last forever, and variety is the spice of life. To save yourself from scouring the stores year after year, stock up when you've found your fit.

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