With Summer rapidly
approaching, our thoughts are turning towards long days at the beach with good
friends, warm water and cocktail binging. However, we all know how much of a
nightmare finding the perfect swimwear outfit can be. It’s no secret that we
all come in a vast array of different shapes and sizes, and for many of us
finding swimwear to complement our individual figures can be nothing short of a
daunting task. To ease this headache, this guide has been put together to help
you choose the right swimwear according to your body shape; one that offers a
flattering cut to accentuate and highlight your best assets, and has a functional
design that looks and feels great on sand or in water.
Body shape: Apple shaped women have a
large bust and broad shoulders. Hips are narrow and the waist is less defined.
This shape should invest in swimwear that balances proportions and offers
coverage across the bottom half.
– Opt for swimwear that
offers support and has a hidden underwire, supportive cups or a wideband just
below the bust.
-A vertical striped
pattern is a great option as this will elongate the body and give a slimming effect.
– For those who are
concerned about their belly, a wrap style swimsuit is a great choice. The
overlapping layers of fabric will disguise the middle, and create the illusion
of a flatter stomach.
– Apple’s have a beautiful
voluptuous body. A belted swimsuit will clinch the waist in the perfect place,
bringing more focus to those sexy curves!
– String bikinis.
– Shiny or textured
swimsuits as these can highlight and bring focus to any unflattering areas.
1. Cross control swimsuit – HERE
2. Phase Eight bikini – HERE
3. Long line bikini- HERE
Body shape: Hourglass shaped women have a petite waist alongside a fuller bust and shapely legs.
-Make sure that the swimsuit/bikini
has a hidden underwire if you have a large bust.
-A plunging V-neckline or thick-strapped
triangle top provides support whilst making the bust the prominent feature.
– Bottoms with string at
the sides downplays the bottom part of the body, giving a more balanced
–This body type can pull off pretty much any style of swimwear!
1. TRIANGL bikini in “Peach Soda” – HERE
Body shape: Pear shaped women have wide hips, bums and thighs. Shoulders are narrow and the bust is smaller. This shape should search for swimwear that balances out her proportions.
– A push-up underwired
styled bikini will give the impression of defined and larger breasts.
-Ruffles, padded cups,
pleating, embellishments and other different textures and details on the bust
will divert the attention from your lower half.
– A plunging v-neckline
will bring the attention to your upper body, giving the illusion of a more
– Mix and match! Darker
bottoms will make the booty appear smaller, and a lighter top will bring focus
to the bust; this in turn will balance and even out your figure.
-Avoid bandeau bikini
tops as this will only emphasize a small bust.
3. White V-front swimsuit- HERE
Body shape: A Slender body
is rectangular in shape, straight without curves. Swimwear for this body type
should seek to add curves.
– Opt for styles with a
lot of upper and lower body details: ruffles, fringes, embellishments, prints,
embroidery, and other frills will create the illusion of a more defined,
-Horizontal lines will
create the illusion of a fuller and broader body shape.
– Triangular shaped tops
will bring focus to your upper body, creating the illusion of slightly larger
-Swimsuit with a belted
waistline or cut out sides will enhance the waist and give the impression of a
-Bandeau bikinis will make
your bust appear smaller, bringing further focus to your boyish shape.
– Thick strapped halter
bikinis will make your breasts appear smaller.
1. Bandeau Cut-out swimsuit – HERE
2. Ruffle Triangle Bikini – HERE
3. Cut-out Zip Back swimsuit – HERE
Body shape: Petite women
are shorter in height and have a slender frame. Swimwear for this body type
should seek to elongate a short torso and give the illusion of curves.
– A plunging neckline will
create the illusion of an elongated torso, making petite women appear taller.
-Opt for swimwear with
ruffles, padded cups, embellishments, waist belts and different textures to
accentuate your small curves.
-High cut string bikini
briefs are the best option to create the illusion of lengthened, leaner legs.
-Avoid shorts as these
will simply bring attention to the lower half of the body, making legs appear
3. Scalloped bandeau bikini – HERE
What are your thoughts on this post? Are you Summer ready?
Lots of love, Ana
This was not a sponsored post.
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