Selfridges’ Swimwear Buyer, Jordana Morrison, comes to the rescue with a one-stop-shop guide of how to find swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes, accentuating what you love about your body and hiding the parts you don’t.
Swimwear For Top Heavy Figures
The golden rule here is support. Before ruling out that game of beach volleyball, look for styles with a band below the bust or a hidden underwire. A wide halter neck and supportive cups are also great for a bigger bust. Try bust-defying Seafolly, Melissa Odabash and Heidi Klein swimwear.
Look for: A band below the bust
Avoid: String tops
Swimwear For A Bottom Heavy Figure
The quickest fix here is to avoid brief shapes that cover up too much – it’s all about the illusion of longer legs so opt for higher cut styles, such as JETS by Jessika Allen’s plunging swimsuit. Despite what you might think string bikini briefs are great for bottom heavy figures as the adjustable ties make bulging a thing of the past. If you’re not ready to brave Melissa Odabash’s perfectly patterned string bikini, Seafolly’s Havana side-tie briefs provide more coverage.
Look for: Higher-cut legs
Avoid: Covering up too much
Swimwear To Suit Small Busts
For the smaller-busted, ladies swimwear with plenty of detail on top is a must. Create a focal point and the illusion of cleavage with strategically placed ruffles, prints and features. Bandeau styles work well but make sure you opt for a moulded cup, such as Heidi Klein’s pleat and ruche, the broderie print from the Vilebrequin swimwear range, or Pistol Panties’ heart-embellished top.
Look for: A little padding
Avoid: Buying as a set
Swimwear For The Leaner Body
If you have an athletic, boyish figure, create some curves with eye-catching prints and bust and hip enhancing details. Briefs with ruffles, like Paul Smith’s pineapple print, create the illusion of hips and a focal point on the top, like Heidi Klein’s tropical ring bikini, adds a little extra. One of the latest trends in designer swimwear, is the monokini, an effective way of breaking up a straight line; take a look at Pistol Panties’ Tatiana suit with its daring cut-out sides.
Look for: Monokinis
Avoid: Plain colors
Swimwear For The Curvy Figure
If you’re naturally curvy, look for swimwear that will cover your stomach and accentuate your shape. Onepieces in a single color look best here, creating a long, sleek look. Ruching and corset-style panels at the front help to smooth any bumps for an even and flattering silhouette – Gottex and Jets swimwear are the go-to labels for this. If you’re after separates, look to Seafolly bikinis for briefs with a little extra coverage.
Look for: Ruching and corset-style panels
Avoid: String bikinis
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