Summer holidays are made for lazy days spent basking in the sun at the beach or splashing lazily in the pool. But fret not if you’re feeling a little worried about how you look in your swimwear. Believe it or not, many women have at one point or another felt insecure in their bikinis. Instead, check out our handy guide to picking a swimsuit that works best for your body type - and then rock it with confidence. We bet nobody will even notice your perceived “flaws” when they’re too busy admiring your body confidence!
For flabby tummies
It actually isn’t that difficult as you might think to conceal a flabby belly. A high-waisted bikini bottom like the Duskii La Kasbah High Waisted Bikini will help to create the illusion of firm, toned abs. Strategically positioned colourblocked designs like Heidi Klum’s Savannah Sunset, will do the trick too. Plus, it has a plunging neckline will draw attention to your top instead of on your tummy. You can also check out designs with vertical stripes or ruching (or better yet, both at once!) to conceal a small bulge and visually lengthen your torso for a slimming effect.
For well-endowed busts
Those with a sexy cleavage might be the envy of other women but sometimes, you can’t help feeling self-conscious about your own assets. If so, wear a swimsuit that offers fuller bust coverage, like the Duskii Oasis T-back. It comes with a front zipper so you can decide how much you’d like to show. Or if you’re feeling more daring, wear a lace-up swimsuit like this sexy number from Wolf & Whistle. The lace detail will keep your girls snugly in place while still offering them plenty of time in the sun.
For flat chests
If you have a smaller cup size, bikini season is the perfect time to indulge in your inner fashionista. You can easily wear tiny bikini tops with trendy designs such as cutouts or body chains with ease. Do also look out for fun prints like Stella McCartney’s Iconic Prints Bandeau Bikini or pretty ruffles to distract from your flatter chest (if that bothers you). By the way, it isn’t that difficult to make the most of what you have - simply opt for an underwire bra for a lifting effect.
For boyish figures
Athletic types or those with boyish figures tend to have a rectangular torso that could make them look “boxy” in some types of swimwear such as bandeau bikini tops or vertical and horizontal stripes. Instead, draw attention to your sculpted shoulders and defined arms with halter or triangle bikini tops. The L'Agent by Agent Provacateur Cari Bikini is a great pick for showcasing your toned bod. If you’re looking to create the illusion of a curvier figure, asymmetric swimsuit styles or even colour-blocked suits will do the trick.
If you’re wondering if there is even a swimsuit style that is flattering for all body types, there actually is one - the classic one-piece. Trust us, you’ll never go wrong with this evergreen number. Conversely, itsy bitsy string bikinis are probably the toughest swimwear to pull off unless you’re genetically blessed with hourglass proportions.
Now that you know what styles work best for you, go forth and strut your stuff on your next vacation!