It’s that time !!  Holidays are looming and it’s time to Bikini Bare.

If like me you have been promising yourself for the last 10 months to “drop a dress size” or “tone your thighs”, and still not got around to it, do not despair.  Recent reports have said women should steer clear of bikini’s past the age of 46!!  

What rot
If you follow the simple guidelines below and find a style that suits your bodyshape, colouring and personality then EVERY WOMAN can look and feel fabulous on the beach and by the pool

Help is here in understanding the best Bikini or swimsuit for YOUR BODY SHAPE
So whether you are curvy, straight up and down, have small or big boobs, wobbly tummy or large hips and thighs – here are my Style-tastic Top Tips for you to feel more confident.  

Draw the eye away from any area you don’t like …
and draw attention to those bits  you do prefer.  We may not be able to immediately change our shape, but WE CAN IMMEDIATELY CHANGE how it appears.
My absolute TOP TIP for any body-shape is to not draw attention to any area you may not like, and draw the eye to your slimmest areas or areas of your bod that you love.

What draws attention?

  • Horizontal emphasis!!  This doesn’t just mean stripes.  This also means where a garment ends on your body or where there is a colour change.
  • A single motif, Tassles, Bows, Belts

Avoid these on your largest areas and add them to areas you wish to emphasise or add fullness to.
READ ON to discover the BIkini or Swimsuit for YOUR Body Shape …

 

Large hips

Go For:

  • High waisted, retro style bikinis are very fashionable right now and look absolutely gorgeous if you have wider hips and a slimmer waist.
  • The material of the bikini bottoms draws the eye up to the high waist band and emphasises that lovely slim waist that ladies with wider hips generally have..  A belted feature around the waist area will emphasise the slim waist even more.
  • Any vertical detailing such as piping or seams on the bikini bottoms will draw the eye UP to the waist and away from your hips.
  • Bold all over prints
  • Add extra detail on your top half to balance out your figure
  • Wear darker colours on the bottom half, as dark colours recede.  This doesn’t have to be black  – any darker shade will work

Avoid:

  • Anything that sits across your widest point. Ruffles etc will only add width and draw attention
    A low waisted bikini bottom
Perfect for larger hips

Here’s a great example from ASOS.com by Seafolly. Note how floral pattern in the centre draws the eye from the hip and up towards the waist. There are even vertical stripes underneath the floral design. 

 

Large legs / Short legs

Go for:

  • High cut bikini bottoms will elongate and slim the legs.  It may seem strange to expose the area you don’t like so much, but trust me here – the trick is that the eye travels up to the fabric and elongates and slims the leg.

 

  • Boy-Short type bottoms and bottoms with little skirts as these will usually end on the widest point of the leg which will shorten and widen them.
From the Freya Spirit Range at House of Fraser Note how the eye goes straight up to the colour of the bikini bottom rather than to the thigh

From the Freya Spirit Range at House of Fraser
Note how the eye goes straight up to the colour of the bikini bottom rather than to the thigh

 

Narrow hips / boyish figure

Go for:

  • Add some fullness  with ruffles at the hips to create the illusion of curves
  • Have detail such as bows / ties etc at the hip
  • Horizontal Patterns or Stripes to create width to the hip Lighter colours on the bottom
  • If girly / frilly styles are not for you – boy shorts will work well

Avoid:

  • High waisted styles as these will draw attention to the waist which is often the widest point on someone with narrow hips.
  • Vertical emphasis or patterns as these will narrow the hips even further
Seafolly Goddess Bikini with frilled bikini bottoms which add curves to a boyish figure

Seafolly Goddess Bikini with frilled bikini bottoms which add curves to a boyish figure

 

Flat bottomed girls

Go for:

  • Adding ruching or frills to the bikini bottoms will add the look for more curves / fullness.  Also anything bright and eyecatching and any detail on your behind will do the same

Avoid:

  • Full cover big “pants”.  Showing a bit of cheek will be more flattering
The frills and ruching addvolume and curves. From Luxela.co.uk

The frills and ruching addvolume and curves.
From Luxela.co.uk

 

 

Big butt

Go for:

  • Full coverage.
  • Solid colour bottoms with coloured top to draw the eye upwards

Avoid: 

  • String bikini or Brazilian G string style (for obvious reasons)
See how the all over pattern of this Tankini top distracts the eye and stops it settling in one place. Tankini by S.Oliver

Full bottom coverage with detail on top of Bikini Bottoms and top draws the eye upwards. From Espirit.co.uk

 

Fuller tummy

Go For:

  • A tankini or an all in one.
  • All over pattern is great so the eye doesn’t focus on one area.
  • Ruching or texture around the tummy area
  • Low cut top or top with detail to draw the eye upwards

Avoid:

  • Cut out style all in ones
  • Horizontal emphasis on the tummy
  • Under bust gathers as this will make the top flute out like a maternity top and make the tummy look larger.
See how the all over pattern of this Tankini top distracts the eye and stops it settling in one place. Tankini by S.Oliver

See how the all over pattern of this Tankini top distracts the eye and stops it settling in one place.
Tankini by S.Oliver

 

Small boobs

Go for: 

  • As for Slim hips, flat bottom – add volume with ruffles or embellishments to give the illusion of a bigger chest.
  • Don’t forget padding can always give you that something extra.
  • Triangular style cups are also very flattering.
  • Horizontal emphasis and higher necklines are also flattering.

Avoid: 

  • Darker shades on the top – dark colours make things look smaller.
  • Brighter colours with pattern will be more flattering than those with no detail at all
Sporty yet feminine. This high necked bikini with embellishment really flatters a smaller bust. This is from Asos.com

Sporty yet feminine. This high necked bikini with embellishment really flatters a smaller bust.
This is from Asos.com

 

Big boobies

Go For:

  • You need support, so shop for bikinis with a Cup size rather than  those that come in S, M, L.
  • Look for underwiring and double stitching as well as thicker straps for the most flattering results

Avoid:

  • String bikini’s that won’t keep your boobs in place.
  • Flimsy straps that look like they won’t support the weight of your boobs.
Good support is vital if you have a large bust Ravello bikini top from Leialingerie.com

Good support is vital if you have a large bust
Ravello bikini top from Leialingerie.com

 


 

So here’s to becoming Bikini Brave and looking and feeling fabulous and beach confident this summer.

Any questions, please do comment below or email me 

Until next time …

Stay gorgeous

Claire xx