- Step 1: Pick your bottom Pick a flattering bottom. Elongate a short torso with one that sits below your waist; lengthen short legs with a style that's higher on the hips. Prevent hip and thigh bulges with a bottom that ties at the sides. If you have a belly, skip bikinis made with Lycra; go with a loose-fitting bottom containing elastic instead.
- Step 2: Choose a top Look hot in the right bikini top. Choose one with boning or underwire if you're big-breasted; go with ruffles or ruching if you're small-busted. As for style, the bandeau works well on small busts, while halter tops and criss-cross back straps lend support to heavier bust lines. Go for a string bikini if you have a boyish figure.
- TIP: There should be no more than 3 inches of string between your breasts.
- Step 3: Ditch the flip-flops Ditch the flip-flops for sexier beach footwear, like wedge espadrilles. If you're very tall and slim, go for gladiator sandals.
- TIP: Get your feet sandal-ready by soaking them in equals parts warm milk and water; the lactic acid dissolves dead skin.
- Step 4: Accessorize Add some glamour with a straw hat, oversized sunglasses, and a delicate piece of jewelry, like an ankle bracelet. Have a sexy cover-up -- a sheer tunic, a crochet top, or a sarong.
- Step 5: Strike a pose Strike this classic model stance to look slimmer: Stand up straight with your shoulders back, stomach in, and chest out; twist your torso a bit at the waist; put one leg slightly in front of the other, bent at the knee; and put our hands on your hips.
- TIP: Flexing your armpits makes your arms look toned.
- Step 6: Slather on the sunscreen Slather on the sunscreen -- because keeping skin healthy is definitely hot.
- FACT: A third of women polled cited their bust as their best physical asset in a swimsuit.
You Will Need
- Flattering bottom
- Hot top
- String bikini
- Wedge espadrilles or gladiator sandals