Get to Know Yourself
Take a look at yourself in the mirror wearing pants and a bra. You want to take a look at your outer shape, bust, waist, hips and bottom. The question to ask yourself is: Do I have curves or straight lines?
If you have a curvy figure, typically your main concern is tummy control and bust support. If you’re looking for a bikini then you want to choose a bikini bottom with a slightly higher cut leg. These bikinis also come with higher waist lines if desired with hidden or belted tummy control. As for a top, choose a banded halter or underwire bikini top for support.
If you are looking for a one piece swimsuit, you can again choose a suit with higher cut legs and hidden control panels if desired. Look for styles that have ruching over the mid-section, and molded supportive cups. Try a rounder or plunging neckline; avoid halter-necks if you are a pear shape. Square or rectangular necklines don’t suit curvy busts
Challenge areas: Full hips? Avoid detailing around the hip area. For full thighs, check where the swimsuit finishes on the leg – the eye will focus there. Look for adjustable sides on the swimsuit that will allow you to lift or lower sides for optimal placement.
For the straighter thinner body type choose a bikini bottom that is cut straight across, string bikini tops or sport bikini tops are excellent for a smaller bust.
If you are looking for a one piece swimsuit try a one-piece with detailing around the bust and hips. Or sleek one-piece suits with a central panel in a darker colour – this creates the illusion of a slimmer shape. As for the neckline try square or rectangular cuts.
Challenge areas: This body shape looks best in clean, uncluttered styles. Avoid frills and flounces and beware of high-waisted bottoms on bikinis.
Common Swimsuit Blunders
No support – a full bust can pancake without support. Get properly fitted, as you would for a bra. For smaller busts, padded styles work, as does ruching and vertical chevron lines, which give the illusion of more curves.
Buying on the cheap – swimwear is a case of getting what you pay for. A good swimsuit, well-cared for, will last for years to come, without fading or sagging.
Tight-fitting swimsuits if you’re rounded around the mid-section – opt for a looser fitting tankini style instead.