Miami swimwear designer Red Carter, who launched his own popular swimwear line in 2004, took time from his busy schedule to comment on his recommendations for swimwear that best flatters short women. Red Carter got his first exposure to swimming and swimwear on Southern California beaches. He attended design school in Los Angeles and worked as a designer for Victoria's Secret, Oscar de la Renta, and others before moving to Miami and launching his own swimwear line. Here's what he has to say about swimwear for short women:
Will a Red Carter one-piece suit fit a short woman who has a short torso (typicaly 2-3 inches shorter than regular)?
The great thing about the new Red Carter collection for summer is that there are a variety of separate pieces that can be put together to look like a one-piece by using a tankini. This style will flatter any figure whether short or long in the torso. There are also a few bandeau one-piece styles that will look good on any body shape, regardless of height.
Would it be better for a short woman to choose a bikini or tankini style rather than a one-piece suit?
I think that every body type, no matter how tall, can find the perfect bikini if they mix and match the sizes of the tops and bottoms. But what I love best about the tankini is that it truly can flatter a figure when trying to hide a short waist.
Red Carter Swimwear For Summer 2012
For Summer 2012, Red Carter swimwear features black and white color palette punctuated by tangerine hues. There are animal prints and ruffles with bikini, tankini, and one-piece swimsuits available. Red Carter designed the collection for figure flattery with the help of some optical illusions: "pinstripes are aligned to flow with the body's curves, while plunging necklines and asymmetrical cuts slim the waist and flatter the figure graphically without contorting the body."