Monday, 23 September 2013

Bikinis for every body shape: how to look great on the beach

With so many types of swimwear for women available, it's little wonder that many ladies end up feeling exhausted by the mere thought of holiday shopping. If the idea of standing in a changing room with everything exposed under bad lighting fills you with dread, this quick guide on how to choose the most flattering swimwear might be exactly what you need. The first place to start is with your body shape:

For women who have a larger bottom half and a more petite top half (i.e. curvy hips and a relatively small bust), the trick is to not try and hide your bum in big knickers or shorts. Instead, make sure the knickers are high on the leg to lengthen the thigh - and ruffling around the bust will draw the eye upwards and add volume on top. A tankiniwill also lengthen your body.

Support your bust with underwiring and shaped cups, and keep the straps on your bikini top thick – halternecks are the perfect style for hourglass shapes. Balance hips with a matching bikini bottom. If you’re conscious of your stomach, a swimsuit with a differently coloured strip around your waist will showcase the slimmest part of your body.

As an apple-shaped woman, you’ll carry most of your weight around your middle. Ruffling around the hips can help to flatten the stomach, while a deep v-neck will draw attention to your assets. 

Plus-size ladies have plenty of choice these days, with collections like the So Fabulous plus size fashion range at Littlewoods offering a plethora of options for the beach. Colour blocks are really flattering, so try a swimsuit or tankini that's made up of two block colours, such as black on bottom and white on top.

Create curves with frills and ruffling. You can afford to wear skimpy bikinis with detail, and tie-front bikini tops and tie-side knickers will add to your hips and bust. Bold prints also work well on slim or athletic figures, so you can be as adventurous as you like with your beachwear choices!


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