As a woman, there are plenty of times I have been shopping on my local high street and picked up an item that I simply must have, only to be disappointed when I try it on in the changing rooms and find that it doesn’t suit my body shape. The thing is we are all different shapes and sizes so something that looks great on my size 8 friend isn’t necessarily going to look good on me, and vice versa. Most of us are aware of that but have you ever thought about your body shape when it comes to swimwear? Me neither!
Here’s how to shop for swimwear according to your body shape.
If you have a pear shaped body then your hips and waist will be wider than your shoulders with your waist being smaller than your hips. If this is you then we recommend that you choose a swimsuit with a pattern, shirring detail or embellishment across the tummy. This will help to define the waistline and balance out the figure. Also a swimsuit which is darker at the bottom will also draw the attention away from the hips and towards the upper body. Recommend the Miraclesuit Centrefold www.next.co.uk
If you have an apple shaped body then your shoulders will be broad and your hips small. To balance your figure you should aim to draw attention to your bottom half. This look can be achieved by choosing a swimsuit with pattern, embellishment or shirring detail to the waist or lower part, keeping the top half in a solid colour or less embellished than the lower half. Recommend the Miraclesuit Escape www.simplybeach.com
If you have an oval shaped body then you will have a fuller bust and shoulders and a more rounded waist and hips. We recommend for the shape of the swimsuit a deep V necked style. Also halter neck styles with bust support would suit your shape very well. The bottom should have a fuller coverage. With regard to the fabric, we recommend pattern, shirring or draping in the bust area. This will give the impression of a smaller waistline. For the lower part of the swimsuit we recommend darker or block colour. Recommend the Miraclesuit Sanibel www.ukswimwear.com
If you have a box shaped body then your hips, waist and shoulders will all be around the same width. To simulate a smaller waistline we recommend you look for a swimsuit that has shirring or embellishment detail around the waist. This will give you a curvier look. Another good option would be the tankini. If you have a long torso the tankini appears to shorten the torso area. Recommend the Miraclesuit Temptress www.justemoi.co.uk
Choose a well-fitting and supportive bikini top, underwired balconette styles are very good to support and shape the bust. Halter necks can be fine as long as they are not string types which can very easily leave you showing off more than you bargained for! Also avoid large prints which will distort your proportions. Recommend the Rosa Faia Blue Lagoon bikini www.anita.com
The simple use of a sarong tied over a bikini gives the appearance of wider hips resulting in a more balanced silhouette. Recommend Rosa Faia sarong www.anita.com
A good trick to take the attention off wide shoulders is to choose a well-fitting halter neck bikini or swimsuit like the suggested one here. The halter straps create a pleasing ‘v’ around the neck line that serves to draw the eye up and away from the shoulders. If you choose a bikini like the attached from David Swim with halterneck straps you can adjust the tension (or lose them altogether) to avoid tan lines once you are settled in your sun lounger. Recommend the David Swim bikini www.ukswimwear.com
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