Swimwear and beachwear are different. It is almost akin to going out shopping in your underwear. Everyone you come across gets to see exactly how each garment fits. If it pinches in a particular place, or hangs loose in a certain place, then it is there for everyone to see. It is the same on the beach. As you walk past, people can see if your bra is a little too big or your pants are a little too tight on the hip. You might be forgiven for thinking that if you have an athletic body shape that it would be relatively easy to shop for swimwear and beachwear, as let’s face it, the chances are that when you are shopping for clothes, you don’t particularly have a problem finding things that fit. This is usually fine for your outer garments, the ones that are on show, because, in general, they aren’t necessarily meant to show your body shape off.
One of the first tips to ensure you look your best is not to impulse buy your bikini. This is true for everyone, but for those women with an athletic body shape, or a body shape bordering on boyish, it is particularly the case. The thing you need to do is figure out first of all what will look the best on your body. Plan your purchase and go shopping with individual styles, colors, and shapes in mind. Colours, patterns, and shapes can have a huge effect on how you look at different patterns and colors can accentuate your weak points rather than your best bits if you’re not careful. So, the woman with the athletic body tends to have a smaller bust, but her legs and bottom are probably nicely in proportion as the muscles there are probably carefully developed and toned. If you go for a bikini with the same colors on the top and bottom, then you will, unfortunately, look a little out of proportion, with your top looking smaller than your bottom.
To fix this, you need to use bold colors and patterns on your top half while toning it down slightly on the lower half. This has the effect of drawing the eye of the onlooker up away from your bottom and creates the illusion that you bust is larger than it is. You can also get a similar effect with a ruched top or a top with some frills etc. Anything, to draw the attention of the onlooker upwards will be to your advantage. By the way, there is one thing that is certain here – a traditional, triangle bikini will look fabulous on you. Just ensure you get the colors and patterns right. Yes, it is possible to get one…at a price. I do not know of any models. I do custom crochet work and Reversible Swimwear. I can do this, but I do not use a pattern. I assume your reluctance to use the non-chlorine bleach (usually called color safe bleach on the boxes) is out of fear of damaging the garment. You must consider that a swimsuit is designed to go swimming, and swimming pools usually contain chlorine. This is the principle ingredient in regular bleach and is pretty aggressive. Also, garments sold in the US must meet certain standards for use and care, which include having a label with care instructions and standing up to those care instructions. If the label says use non-chlorine bleach, then you should have no reservations about doing so.
My bigger concern is why the yellowing to being with. If the suit is older, then this can be expected, and may not be reversible. If the suit is new, however, this seems to me to be a manufacturing defect. A reputable dry cleaner or the International Fabricate Institute might also be helpful to you in this case. As to your particular situation, I can only think of two possible explanations: A sun/heat reaction to suntan oils or other personal care items. A suit not manufactured to US standards. I would try a machine washing of the suit to see what you get. It does not sound to me like you will get a lot of improvement, but it is worth a try. Your caution about using bleach is warranted. Typically, chlorine bleach is to be avoided on nylon, spandex, etc., natural fabrics for swimsuits. However, in your case, it may be the only thing left to try. What does the care label say? I’m assuming that the suit was sold via a US retail outlet? If so, you can probably rule out the manufacturing quality issue, but not with complete certainty. It might be worth your time to stop in and ask the store where you bought the suit if they have had any other issues. It is possible that you have a color bleed from the lining, even though it is a different color. Many dyes experience pigment changes over time, when they suffer, or even as a result of a reaction from some catalyst.
But again, for this to be the case, then there would have to be a manufacturing fault. You might also try taking the suit to a reputable dry cleaner, or avail yourself of the “Ask an Expert” utility on the International Fabricate Institute. They may have more technical knowledge from the fabric standpoint than I do. You bet I’ve got an idea. RIT (the dye people) have several products to keep things white. The type you would want would depend on the fabric content of your suit. So find that on the label (probably nylon, lyre, and spandex) and find the right type of your suit. Follow directions, and you’ll keep it white! It’s always good to wash and rinse your suit after each use.If you don’t have many curves around your bottom area, you can enhance what you do have by going for a bottom that is gathered on the side.Don’t forget that what I said about color above works in reverse too. So, if you want to accentuate your bottom, go for bold colors and patterns to enhance your curves.