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!!
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 …
- 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
- Anything that sits across your widest point. Ruffles etc will only add width and draw attention
A low waisted bikini bottom
Large legs / Short legs
- 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.
Narrow hips / boyish figure
- 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
- 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
Flat bottomed girls
- 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
- Full cover big “pants”. Showing a bit of cheek will be more flattering
- Full coverage.
- Solid colour bottoms with coloured top to draw the eye upwards
- String bikini or Brazilian G string style (for obvious reasons)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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 …