When it comes to quintessential California-chic fashions, few designers come to mind quicker than Trina Turk. Turk’s women’s wear collections—known for impeccable fit and gorgeous prints and colors inspired by the Southern California lifestyle—has been a high-end department store mainstay since 1995. In 2007 the former surfwear designer forayed into the swimwear category and is now celebrating the launch of her first capsule collection with Grace Bay Club resort in Turks & Caicos fittingly called Trina Turks & Caicos.
SHAPE caught up with Turk to get a sneak peak at the collection just in time for summer and of course, snag her top tips to finding the perfect swimsuit to flatter your figure.
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Identify your body type and then choose a silhouette to flatter it best. For example, if you have a smaller bust, a padded style, ruffles, or horizontal stripes will add volume on top. Also, triangle bikini tops really look best on smaller-busted women.
If you’re busty, choose a supportive style with a halter neckline that has a band under the bust and a wider strap that ties behind your neck; a one piece with a V-neckline; or a bra-sized swimsuit with built-in underwire.
To minimize your booty, sometimes a lower-rise cut or rings on the sides give the illusion of smaller hips. Avoid anything too tight—elastic that digs into the skin makes you look bigger. Another trick is to wear a darker color bottom with a lighter color top—dark always minimizes. If you really want hip coverage, go for a sash bottom or a boy short. And to completely distract from your hips, go for a one piece with a plunging V-neck.