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Don't be afraid to get out of the water

Choosing  the perfect swimsuit doesn't have to be painful. Most women find shopping for a bathing suit about as much fun as cleaning out the fridge. The bright lights of the dressing room do little to flatter winter white skin.
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Choosing  the perfect swimsuit doesn't have to be painful.

Most women find shopping for a bathing suit about as much fun as cleaning out the fridge. The bright lights of the dressing room do little to flatter winter white skin. And every bump and jiggly bit is out there for the world to see!

Sears Canada's apparel trend manager Sarah Chrystman offers advice on how to choose a bathing suit-one piece or two -that looks great, feels comfortable and enhances your best features while minimizing those trouble areas -waist, hips, tummy and bust.

"Knowing your own body shape can help you narrow down what looks best on you and takes away a lot of the stress associated with buying a new swimsuit," says Chrystman. It's just a matter of knowing what to look for to enhance your best features.

Shopping for the hottest and best fitting swimsuit is as easy as 1,2,3:
1. Look for styles that flatter your body type.

Sears fashion experts have classified swimsuits into body type categories and have assigned each body type an icon.

A-Shape: These suits draw attention away from your hips.

I-Shape : These suits give you the illusion of a waistline, often with tummy control.

V-Shape: These suits play up your bust area.

X-Shape:  These suits have a balanced effect whether due to pattern or cut.

Specialty Suits :These suits provide support and shaping for those with special requirements (e.g. long torso, post-mastectomy)

2. Measure your bust, waist, hips and torso correctly.

3. Look for construction details that appeal to you.

Hottest swimsuit trends for 2006:

Colour, mix and match separates, belts and buckles, and retro influences.

Sears offers a wide variety of swimsuits. Visit your local Sears store or visit www.sears.ca to find the perfect one for you.

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