Enhance bust with pattern

December 25, 1997|By ELSA KLENSCH | ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I secretly dread trying on swimsuits because I have a flat chest and heavy thighs.

When I went shopping recently, the saleswoman insisted I try on a padded top to "fill me out."

I left the store empty-handed. Any ideas about enhancing my bust without padding. Any ideas?

There are ways to use design to your advantage. Look for suits with draping or shirring across the chest. Both give a natural roundness. Bold patterns or prints are also effective. A brilliantly colored, eye-catching pattern on the bust will visually build it up and give the illusion of fullness.

As for heavy thighs, a suit that is cut high makes legs look long and the curve of the thighs less obvious.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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