swimwear advice | lingerie fitting service

Now this is part of a ladies wardrobe which we do not necessarily give enough time or attention to. As women we usually leave our holiday shop (for ourselves) to the last minute, possibly even leaving it to the departure lounge! This could either be down to ladies putting others before themselves or because there is such a vast array of choices, from:

Bikinis                      Bandeau
Skirts                        Low Leg
One-Piece                Underwired
Briefs                        Brazilian
Tankini                     Padded Underwired
Halter-Neck             Shorts
High Leg                   Balcony – the list goes on…!

There really is something for everyone and in a style to not only suit but flatter all body shapes. Below, you will find our guide to find the perfect swimwear for you:

Apple body shape

Ladies who are an apple body shape tend to carry their weight around their mid section meaning there is little waist definition. Apple shapes tend to have smaller hips and fantastic legs!!

• In a one piece, look for either ruching or a hidden support panel. A deep V neck will keep eyes focused away from the mid-section

• Tankinis are perfect for giving the illusion of curves, the top should be a deep V again with a peplum bottom to add dimension around the hips where they narrow in apple shapes. Ensure the top is long enough to cover the top of the tankini bottom.

• Avoid fussy prints, instead opt for simple styles and plain colours. Try the tankini experiment with different colour bottoms drawing attention away from the mid-section and highlighting slim legs!

Athletic body shape

The athletic framed ladies normally have shoulders and hips of the same width with slight waist and fairly small bust, few curves but a strong body. Athletic frames are not limited like the apple shape – no need to brag ladies!

• With a smaller bust look for bold prints, cut out detailing and ruffles – not all at once though! These will add curves to an athletic frame

• High leg briefs will give the illusion of curve to the hips.

• Avoid triangle bikini tops they make a small bust look even smaller!

Hourglass body shape (the Monroe)

Ladies with the Monroe shape have shoulders and hips of approximately the same width, a defined waist and generally awesome cleavage! This shape is not restricted as the apple, however keep it simple and timeless!

• Classic bra style bikini, tankini or one piece with either underwire or moulded cup for added support.

• If you are conscious of your bust and don’t want to draw attention to it, keep your cleavage under control and opt for a well-structured bandeau-style top with a sweetheart neckline.

• Fuller briefs cut high on the leg will add length and slim the thigh.

• Avoid tie sided briefs.

Pear body shape

Pear shaped ladies have slimmer shoulders in comparison to their hips. Pear shapes carry their weight around the hip, bottom and thigh area however they are likely to have an enviable and tiny waist and a fairly flat stomach..

• Halter-neck one piece, bikini and tankini styles maximise the bust and broaden the shoulders.

• In tankini and bikini mix it up!! Wear darker coloured bottoms to slim your lower half and add volume to your upper body.

• Flirty skirt detail or a peplum top balances out wide hips.

• Avoid high-rise and short style briefs, the high-rise will detract from your small waist and the shorts will highlight wide hips.

Inverted Triangle/ V frame

Ladies who are wider in the shoulders than the hip are described as having an “inverted Triangle or V” shape. The inverted triangles tend to have smaller hips, bottom and legs.

• A two piece is better for this shape whether it be a tankini or bikini, A one piece will not help slim the shoulder and bust line.

• Halter or scoop neck tops work best with a wider strap to slim the shoulder line.

• A bandeau or strapless top also works well in accentuating shapely shoulders.

• In briefs, boy shorts are an option creating curve on the hip. Details such as prints, ruffles, belts and ties also add another curve dimension. All at once however would be too much!

Why not visit the shop to find your perfect swimwear, where professionals will be on hand to provide you with expert, honest advice.