Choosing a swimsuit can be frustrating. Many magazines give advice based on body shape but in my opinion a swimsuit leaves little to the imagination, so it’s better to focus on individual body characteristics instead. For example, you may have a beautiful hour glass figure but recently had a baby so might not feel great about your tummy.
The key to finding the perfect style for you is to look at your body and find a swimsuit that highlights your assets and disguising the parts you feel less confident about.
When shopping, the first thing to think about is fabric and colour. Look for swimsuits with bright colour, pattern and details on the areas you want to highlight and a dark, solid colour on the area you want to hide.
Then choose a swimsuit style to best suit your individual assets…
If you have broad shoulders or large arms look for a halter neck or scoop neck style with a thicker strap. This will visually draw attention up towards your face and give the illusion of a slimmer upper body.
If you have a large bust look for a swimsuit that is going to provide enough support with a wider strap, in either a bra or V neck shape. Also try a boy leg bottom to create a balanced silhouette.
If you have a small bust, look for a style that enhances your natural shape think ruffles or embellishments.
If you don’t have a defined waist choose a style that gives definition, think a belt or a contrasting band of colour. Also look for panels, print or piping to create definition. Alternatively look for deep plunging neckline or side cut outs to visually create the illusion of a waist.
If you have a tummy, look for a high waisted bikini or a one piece in a solid colour across tummy. A swimsuit with shirring or ruching can also help to disguise a tummy.
If you have a large bottom look for a swimsuit with lower cut leg line with the bottom in a solid colour, use colour or pattern on your torso to draw attention up, creating a balanced silhouette. A swimsuit with panels or piping detailing will section your body and visually slim your silhouette too.
If you have short legs look for a style with higher cut leg, this will visually elongate your leg.
Finally choose a swimsuit that suits your lifestyle. Are you going to be relaxing on a deck chair next to the pool or will you be chasing children up and down the surf beach?