We can safely say we’re now into the depths of summer – July! My favourite month of the year, mostly because it’s my birthday and I suppose fond memories of being the month you shout ‘SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER’. It’s also the month that many of us pack up our bags and hobble along Gatwick/Heathrow (delete as appropriate) moving walkways to a check in desk with too many bags, very much excited for what’s in store the other end.
We’ve spent the winter in punishing Body Attack classes and kept our legs hidden under tights and jeans for too long so it’s time to unleash that bod onto the beautiful beaches of the world….so here’s a guide to wearing the most flattering bikini/swimsuit for your shape!
Okay so either you’re going to be in the ‘small’ camp like me or have been blessed with some generously sized melons. It’s important to think about the shape of the bikini top in regards to this – too many times have I gone for underwired and basically flashed the entire beach when bending to pick something up (I just don’t fill the space!). You can get away with quite a lot though without drawing too much attention, personally I love bandeau style and adding ruffles or a twist can also help give the illusion of having a little bit more there. Remember padding is your best friend but underwire is not!
For larger busts, you probably do want a bit of support there and underwired bras will fit more like a glove. Stringy bikinis probably aren’t going to help you too much with support but if you feel confident…go for it! If not confident, then a sexy but supportive swimsuit might be a good option for you to try as well.
Been doing your squat routines in the gym or need a bit of help lifting the toosh? A good bikini shape can make the difference to show something peachy or flat… If you’re confident but have a smaller behind, wearing a thong style bikini can be really flattering – or just showing a bit more cheek than normal will usually do the job. I found this weird at first but am learning to love this style. If you’ve got a bigger booty then high waisted bikini bottoms can slim you down but keep you looking pert (and the classic Tula Rosa style is reeeeally in right now!).
There’s nothing wrong with having an athletic shape at all but sometimes we want to create the illusion of curves when on the beach and strutting in a bikini. This can be done with some ruffles, girly prints and a swimsuit that pulls you in at the waist. Definitely think about some padding up top as well if your toned and athletic figure has let you down in the boob department. (NB: consistent gym use can shrink boobs! That’s the excuse I’m using anyway)
If you’ve got that perfect Kylie curve then well, I can’t help you – basically anything goes. But if you’re on the curvy side and want to avoid any muffin tops then I always recommend going up a size in bikini bottoms if you can (not that they’re going to fall down though). I don’t have the curviest shape but I do suffer from storing fat just below my waist on my back no matter how toned my abs are so I size up in bottoms. I would actually really avoid stringy bikinis on bottom as they can usually dig into the side (you’ve got the keep them up right?) and it’s not always a good look.
This is probably the most difficult for me as I have short legs and a normal/long torso – don’t ask me how I buy jumpsuits. If you want to elongate both areas think about super low rise bottoms for a longer upper body or high-cut bikini bottoms that climb up your hips for longer legs – it’s a bit of an either/or situation I’m afraid but both probably involve a trip to the salon beforehand if you get what I mean…
Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you find this quick and easy guide useful! On a scale of 1-10 how naked does this swimsuit actually make me look?
Photographs taken at the beautiful Tobacco Bay in Bermuda