Tuesday, January 02, 2007



Oh, No! Not the beach!


Yes, my thoughts exactly. Is this torture for Mums or not? My body, and the bodies of many other mums, has never been the same since having kids. Here are some hints to make being seen on the beach less of a torture.


1. Tanning lotion.
Pass me the nearest bottle – I have a beach emergency!

Nothing slims like a tan does, and I prefer mine to come out of a bottle. Apart from stopping the glare from your legs blinding everyone else on the beach, the tan covers imperfections. It helps to minimise lumps and bumps. Before applying any fake tan, be sure to exfoliate so that you have a smooth skin surface to work on. Test the colour before applying it all over – you don’t want to turn orange. And just a hint – don’t apply it with bare hands. Your palms and nails are not intended to be brown.

2. One piece – or shorts and tankini?
What about the stretch marks? What about the tummy bulge? I’m in favour of the old neck to knee variety bathing suits but they are a bit hard to find these days.

The next best thing is the one piece or the shorts and tankini style suits which cover up any unfortunate middles. Separates are great because they can be in diffferent colours. Black shorts help make the bottom look smaller while a colourful top will draw eyes upward, and away from the disaster areas below. The one piece is great too. The high cut ones make your legs look longer, and there are many styles now that have the wonderful side gathers and draping that minimises the tummy area. Many suits now have tummy control panels built in too.

No matter what style you choose make sure it fits properly. No matter what size you are, if you have little rolls popping out from the straps or at the bottom you will look fatter than you really are. Make sure that you are properly contained within the suit and that includes your bottom area. Keep those cheeks covered if they are not your best asset!

3. Buy the best.
You may only wear this suit once a year, but you might as well feel good in it. A really good suit is made of quality materials that maintain their stretch for years, and won’t deteriorate each time you wear it. It will hold you well for years to come. The cut is often better too, so the chances of finding your perfect suit are much higher. Knowing that your suit is strong as well as beautiful gives your confidence a boost.

No matter what style you choose make sure it fits properly. No matter what size you are, if you have little rolls popping out from the straps or at the bottom you will look fatter than you really are. Make sure that you are properly contained within the suit and that includes your bottom area. Keep those cheeks covered if they are not your best asset!

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4. The big cover-up.
You still want to cover up? Fine, I don’t blame you. Many women choose a sarong these days. There are many available at a decent price and in beautiful colours and materials. If you are widest at the hips then try it on first. All that extra material slung around the hips probably adds weight rather than covers it up. If you must wear one then use a sarong buckle, rather than tying it in a knot, and you will look less bulky. Be careful too, if you are the woman who ties it above the chest. This is guaranteed to make even a slim woman look huge. Remember, extra material means extra kilos.

Have you thought about the kaftan? There are many lovely and light weight pieces around now and they are nothing like the 1970’s horrors. They come in all lengths too. Their lovely straight lines skim over the body giving just the suggestion of your shape. No lumps, bumps or sags to be seen……….

5. Support yourself
Absolutely the most youth killing thing for any outfit, and even more so in a swimsuit, are the sagging breasts. Now we all know that they go south with age and breast feeding, but do we really have to admit it to the world? For pity’s sake, get a decent bra! In this case, find a suit with inbuilt support. Many have shelf bras built into the top which give you support without discomfort. If that is not enough then invest in a top with underwire support.


The beach may never be your natural habitat but at least you won’t look quite like a beached whale in your all covering, all supporting swimsuit!

Anne Maybus [B.A., GradDipBus (HRD)] , Colour and Style Consultant, owner of Diva Days.

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