How to Choose a Tankini Top


If you want to freshen up your swimwear collection, consider getting yourself a tankini. As the word says, a tankini is a combination of a tank top and a bikini bottom and it was introduced during the late 1990s. In other words, even though it isn’t that new, it is still very popular. Here is how to choose one that is perfect for you.

Why tankinis?

Tankinis are the best for several reasons. First of all, you can mix and match them to flatter your body type in the best way possible. Second, it can cover your curves but in a sexy way and protect you from the sun. Next, there is a wide choice of necklines that are super comfortable. Finally, you can always get a little fancy and easily dress them up with various accessories. In other words, every woman should own one of these.

Things to consider before getting yourself a tankini

Before shopping for a perfect tankini that will flatter your body, consider the sizing, your bust measurements and your hip measurements. Your old swimsuits can help you, and if you think you gained some weight, take a soft tape, measure yourself and write your measurements down as a guide.


Types of tankini tops

Tankinis don’t just come in one single type. There are plenty of styles and cuts to choose from. In order to emphasize your best qualities, make sure you find the right one.

Halter top

This top has thick and wide straps and it fastens around your neck. It is the best option for plus size women, or women that have large breasts since it is super supportive and provides a great coverage. Also, its underwire is going to give your breasts the lift they need. Halter tankini tops come in several styles when it comes to necklines. There is a straight horizontal line, deep V neck or a shirred neckline for a hint of drama, which is also a great option for women with smaller breasts since it can make them seem larger.

Push Up top

This top supports what you have and creates the illusion of having it if you don’t. In other words, if you are small chested and want to create an hourglass figure illusion, go with the push up tankini top. Its padding and underwire provide you with the support and lift you need with an addition of sex appeal.


Plunge top

These tankini tops are for confident wearers only, since they definitely ooze the sex appeal. They work the best for small to medium chested women and they have underwire support that makes sure your breasts won’t fall out or feel uncomfortable. If you are slim, you can embellish your plunge tankini top with bows or ruffles in order to create more shape.

Select the color

The color of a garment is the first thing you see. A good choice of color can draw eyes to the person wearing it and enhance the overall look. To pick the best possible color for you, make sure you are well aware of your tan, the color of your eyes, hair, your skin undertone (find it by checking your veins – if they seem blue, you have cool undertones, and if they seem green, you have warm undertones) etc.

If you have cool undertones, you should opt for blues, greens, turquoises and purples, and if you have warm undertones opt for pinks, reds, maroons, golds and oranges.

Pattern vs. solid

Patterns are those that draw the eye towards them while solids are more blendable and not that noticeable. You can play with them and their combinations depending on what you want to hide and what you want to accentuate. For example, if you want to show off your legs and hide your midsection, choose a tankini that has a dark and solid top and combine it with a vibrant bottom.

And that would be it. We hope you found this guide useful. If you have some more tips, feel free to share them with us in the comment section below. Also, share this article with your shopping buddies so they can also learn how to pick the right tankini for themselves.


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