Fashion | Swimwear to suit your body shape

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Having forked out for the holiday package, insurance and everything else, it is hard to justify spending a lot on bikini wear.

But after spending so much time on getting beach ready, it is essential to invest in a good style that complements your body shape.

But what is the best style to suit your shape?

  • Pear Shape: You are curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top. You need to balance your proportions and get the coverage you need for your bottom half. A plunging neckline or eye-catching top draws the eye upwards, minimizing the bottom. Avoid reaching for a boy short or thick-banded bottom. For a traditional fix, look for a clean-skirted bottom that falls just below the largest part of the upper leg.
  • Curvy: The key is to highlight your curves while providing enough support and coverage. Asymmetrical suits draw the eye toward the neckline while colour-blocking can help highlight your shape, as do retro suits.
  • Large Bust: Support is key if you are more well-endowed on top. Opt for suits with underwire or molded cups. Avoid ruffles or embellishments up top if you’re hoping to minimize the focus on your chest.Higher backs are also a good fit.
  • Small Bust: Look for styles with more minimal coverage or embellished detailing, bows, and patterns to create the illusion of a larger chest. Bra tops and padded push-up tops offer extra lift and can create cleavage while triangle tops create the illusion of curves, as do tops with bold prints or embellishments with ruffles.
  • Athletic: Play up your curves with styles that flaunt your frame. Tops or bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments add feminine flair and can create the appearance of more curve at top and bottom. Tie-side bikini bottoms enhance curves and adjust perfectly to your size.
  • Tummy Concealing: There are a number of one-piece and two-piece suits, like high-waisted or tankini styles, that help to smooth out your middle. Gathered fabric hides bulges and creates definition in the waist. Try on a retro-inspired, high-waisted suit. They’re on-trend and ace for covering the abdomen.