Now that summer has officially started, it’s time to start shopping for the most important purchase of the season — a swimsuit. And not just any swimsuit, a flattering swimsuit that makes you feel confident and beautiful in your own skin. This seems like an impossible feat, but it looks like some of our favorite celebrities have already done the shopping for us!
Several celebrities have taken to Instagram to post their favorite summer swimsuits, and they seem to unanimously favor one in particular: the Mara Hoffman Lattice Maillot swimsuit. Celebrities from Beyoncé to Mindy Kaling have posted pictures wearing the suit, both looking equally gorgeous in the flattering style.
The Insta-famous swimsuit retails for $253, and because of all buzz created around the suit, it has become unavailable on most websites, including the Mara Hoffman site. But, the elements of this swimsuit that make it so flattering can be found in other looks. Here are a few details to look for when you go shopping for swimsuits this season:
- Well-placed cutouts – What makes the Mara Hoffman suit so flattering is that the cutouts are positioned in the most flattering spot for anyone who wears it. By placing the cutouts from the center of the chest down to the hips, it creates a slimming effect; it allows us to focus on the narrow strip of material at the center of the suit, tricking us into seeing a slimmer silhouette.
- Proportional prints – Kaling’s suit delivers a pretty bold print, but it doesn’t overwhelm her. That’s because she chose a print that is proportional to her frame. When shopping around for printed swimsuits (or printed anything, for that matter), the print must be proportional to your stature, meaning that women who are bigger in stature (in height or weight or both) can wear bigger prints, while women who are smaller in stature (in height or weight or both) can wear smaller prints.
- Open necklines – One of the reasons why the Mara Hoffman swimsuit works on a variety of body types is that it has a v-neck construction, which is universally flattering. A v-neck not only helps to elongate your frame by making your neck look longer, it can also emphasize your bust, making it seem a little bit bigger to help balance out a fuller hip. So when you hit the stores in search of the perfect swimsuit, try on a few styles that that have a v-neck; you’ll be surprised how flattering it can be!