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It’s time to start thinking about your summer break and for many that will be a beach holiday. With that in mind it seems the perfect time to offer some advice on finding your perfect swimwear. For me the days of wearing a skimpy bikini are far behind me, so I’m delighted that there are so many more options these days for those of us who want to cover up our midriff. Many of you will continue to opt for a bikini to ensure you get a great tan (taking the appropriate precautions to stay safe in the sun of course), and to show off the hard work you’ve put in to keep your body looking ‘beach ready’.
No matter what your shape and size, there is something available for everyone, so knowing how to
flatter your body shape in this most exposing of garments will help you feel more confident. There are a number of ‘illusions’ you can employ to help your body look more slender and gorgeous. So, whether you are heading to Bournemouth or Barbados this summer, here’s a few pointers to help you look drop dead gorgeous, based on your body shape.
Choosing darker shades in a matt lycra fabric will work best for you – this will have a more flattering look than that created by shiny fabrics. Many swimsuits also offer built-in tummy control too.
You could also consider a tankini as an alternative to a one-piece. Higher cut legs will give the illusion of longer legs, especially if you carry weight around your hips. A skirt or dress-style swimsuit with mini sarong is great for covering up a larger bottom.
Loud prints and very pale colours are best avoided.
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If you are slender you will have no worries wearing a bikini if that is your preference, but if you prefer a little more coverage, look for styles that have some interest around the waist to give you definition and the illusion of a narrower waist. A shaped vertical panel with darker side inserts will give you a more shapely appearance.
Halter-neck styles and a plunging neckline will draw attention away from broad shoulders.
Strapless or square cut necklines will prove less flattering.
By choosing a design which is darker at the bottom and lighter around the bust, you will balance out your smaller bust. You can also try a pattern or some detail, such as a twisted bandeau style. An underwired and padded top will give you a great shape.
Built-in cups will help to give you great support. Don’t choose anything with too plunging a neckline or a very low back as this will not offer you good support or shape.
If you want to find some great swimwear that gives you a better choice than the regular high street stores, you’ll find plenty online.
Some great websites to try are www.figleaves.com, (which also has a section on choosing suitable styles for different body shapes), www.landsend.co.uk have an excellent selection for petites and those with a longer body, as well as regular sizes and for those with a larger bust, you will find a good range at www.bravissimo.co.uk (you will also find them on the high street, just check their website for your nearest store).
Should you need a more specialist supplier of mastectomy swimwear, you can find a great range at www.nicholajane.com.
Once you’ve got your swimwear sorted, you just need to add a wide brimmed hat, some statement sunglasses and a co-ordinating sarong and you’re ready to rock the beach babe look. Just don’t forget your sunscreen.
No matter where you are heading this summer, I hope you enjoy lots of sunshine and a relaxing break.
If you’re not exactly sure what body shape you are, do get in touch to book a consultation.