How to find the best swimsuit for your body type

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DENVER -- It’s time to get ready to toss the sweaters, sweats and heavy coats and prepare to sport your swimsuit.

Fitness trainers say exercising three times a week, drinking plenty of water and eating several small low fat meals a day will get you in shape.

Most people who begin fitness programs now will see results within about two months. Experts say when it comes to looking good at the pool, half the battle can be picking the right suit for your body type (and getting a suit now is great incentive to stick with a workout program).

We talked to two Denver moms, Stephanie and Dia , who say every woman has a swimsuit wish list.

Stephanie told us she wants something that’s  “attractive and cute but doesn't make you look like a total mom.”

Dia said she needs a suit that’s good at “hiding the stretch mark flame details that come with pregnancy and supporting larger breasts.”

They received expert advice from Cindy Johnson, owner of Sol Lingerie in Cherry Creek, which not only features top of the line lingerie, but also a selection of fine swimwear made to fit  and flatter all body types.

Johnson said swimsuits should be fitted just as carefully as you would fit your bra.

She has heard plenty of “wish lists” from women who want to hide flaws or who need extra support and stability so they can focus on taking care of their children, not worrying about a swimsuit that won’t stay put.

“All of those types of things can be fixed really easily by working with a fitter and finding the right size style and shape,” Johnson said.

Johnson recommended an adorable one piece gingham suit for Stephanie that looks fun and flattering but isn’t cut too low.

"If you're out frolicking with the kids or in the pool and you're toddler pulls your top you're not going to expose yourself,” she said.

Dia was fitted in a fun “tank-ini” ( separate tank top with bikini bottoms) that provides coverage but still has lots of flair.

“You could have the (bottom of the) top down or you could lift it up if you want to just to be sunbathing,” Johnson said.

The “tank-ini” is made by luxury bra label Prima Donna and is a great choice for full breasted women looking for the right fit.

In fact, Johnson carries one and two-piece suits that range from regular bra cup sizes  to as large as a G-cup.

A well fitted swimsuit can even encourage you to improve your posture, holding your shoulders back and head up.

Johnson recommends that women have two swimsuits, one for activities with the kids and another for just enjoying time with the adults.

For more information on putting together a workout plan you can visit  GoodHouseKeeping.com/Health.

For information on how to choose the right swimsuit for your body type visit Sollingerie.com.

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