Fashion

Flattering Swimwear for your Body Shape

June 16, 2017

 

Hi everyone,

Coming from someone who has literally bought 4 bikinis online in the past two days, and searched this exact topic myself yesterday – I think it’s fair to say that this is an important topic at this time of year. You gotta dress that ‘summer bod’ right and cater to your own shape. It makes all the difference to how you feel in your swimsuit. After all, the sexiest thing you can wear is confidence.

I’ve given some general shopping tips below, some examples of styles that work well as well as listing my favourite places to buy swimwear.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with holidays on the brain right now, so hopefully this post will help you get somewhat organised with your holiday shopping,

Happy Friday,

Louise x

Tummy concealing

Hiding your tummy is actually a lot easier than people think, the simple goal is to draw attention away from the mid-section. You can do this by covering it up, or cleverly disguising it.  See my tips and swimsuit picks below:

Shopping Tips:

  • Peplum shapes are not just for the office! They work wonders on the beach too.
  • If you carry your weight in the lower part of your belly, try on a retro, high-waisted suit. They’re on trend and great for covering the tummy
  • A full-piece with ruching can also help to conceal your stomach.
  • Choosing any one-piece with a plunging neckline with help to keep the focus upwards, rather than on your mid-section.

Large Bust

If you’re more well-endowed on top, then support is key. Opt for swimwear with underwire or molded cups to get the support you need. Avoid ruffles or embellishments up top if you’re hoping to minimize the focus on your chest.

Shopping Tips:

  • Bra-style bikini tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide are best for the bust 😉
  • Look for higher backs that help support your chest
  • Molded cups provide that little bit of extra support

Examples:

Small Bust

You can look for styles with more minimal coverage or embellished detailing, bows, and patterns to create the illusion of a larger chest.

Shopping Tips:

  • Triangle tops create the illusion of curves, as do tops with bold prints or embellishments with ruffles.
  • Bra tops, halter necks and padded push-up tops offer extra lift and can create cleavage.
  • A smaller bust always means you can wear tiny scoop tops or bandeaus — embrace them!


Big Bum

If you’ve got an ample backside, string bikinis and high-cut swimsuits can often be uncomfortable and a bit too revealing. You’ll need a suit with enough fabric in that area so you’re not constantly tugging for more coverage or picking a wedgie.

Shopping Tips:

  • Avoid Brazilian and other skimpy cut swimsuits
  • Look for designs with solid bottoms and printed tops – they will help balance out your curves.

Examples:

No Bum

If you are lacking in the bum department, there are certain styles you can buy to create the illusion of a more bootiful behind.

Shopping Tips:

  • This is another time when frills and ruching come in handy, as they give the illusion of a bigger behind.
  • Opt for bottoms in bright colors and loud prints to try and distract from a flatter tush.
  • Showing a little cheek is preferably to full-coverage bottoms.

Examples:

Short Body

The trick to elongating a short body is adding length and lifting the bustline.

Shopping Tips: 

  • Low-rise bottoms make your torso appear longer
  • Halter straps draw attention to your neck and shoulders, making people skim over your short mid-section.

Examples:

Love Handles

I think we all love to hate our Love Handles. But fighting the bulge is easier than you think.

Shopping Tips:

  • A high-waisted bottom works wonders — just make sure it goes above your belly button to prevent any bulge.
  • Always go a size up in bottoms to prevent an overspill.

Examples:

Athletic Body

You’re more straight up and down and have fewer curves, so the name of the game is playing up your curves with styles that flaunt your frame. Suits with less coverage help to create the illusion of a more shapely figure.

Shopping Tips:

  • Tops or bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments add intrigue and feminine flair and can create the appearance of more curve at top and bottom.
  • One-pieces with slashes or strategically placed cutouts create a curvy-looking appearance.
  • The smaller the swimsuit bottom, the fuller and curvier the derrière appears.
  • Tie-side bikini bottoms enhance curves and adjust perfectly to your size.

Examples:

Short legs

Shopping Tips:

  • If you want to elongate shorter legs, go for suits with high cuts in the leg.
  • If you’re really brave, go for a thong for optimal lengthening potential.

Examples:

 

Some other nice ones:

My favourite online shops for swimwear:

Boohoo

Missguided

Pretty Little Thing

Asos

Forever 21

Revolve

Shopbop

H&M

Topshop

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