How to Find the Best Swimsuit for Your Figure
Advice for picking the right swimsuit for my figure

Does thinking about buying a new swimsuit fill you with fear and trepidation? Being wearing the same swimsuit forever? Here is an easy five step plan to buying a fabulous flattering swimsuit.  Knowing what to look for in a swimsuit will take the fear factor out of holiday shopping.

STEP 1   Look realistically at your figure... whilst thinking loving positive thoughts. Decide which parts of your body you would like to accentuate and which you would like to detract attention away from.  The right swim suit with highlight your best assets making you summer ready and willing.

 STEP 2  Match the Body Shape Stylist Tips below to your body type... still thinking positive thoughts.

STEP 3   With a sunny disposition and your Shape Stylist Tips hit the shops with an open mind and a firm resolve to find the most flattering Stunning swimsuit for you!

Step 4 Whilst shopping, be kind to yourself, and try not to be too critical. Take into account the less than flattering lighting featured in most change rooms.

Step 5 The perfect swimsuit is only one part of your beach ready style. Picture yourself on a sun caressed beach or relaxing poolside will definitely need a coordinating summer throw, a jewelled pair of thongs, a simply perfect beach bag packed with all the essentials like 30 plus sun protection, and don’t forget the fabulous movie star sunglasses to top off your summer chic look. This is the picture of someone who is tranquil at the end of a busy year, making plans for the next... looking glam and self assured. Who doesn’t deserve that?

Shape Stylist Tips for buying a Flattering Swimsuit.

Curvey Bust solutionCurvy Bust

To enhance and flatter your ample bust look for a swimsuit that offers support. Steer clear of saggy string ties and flimsy strapless numbers. Instead opt for designs that have inbuilt bra cup fittings, such as a supportive under wire or wider straps. A halter neck is almost always, the best option especially if paired with a fitted band under the bust. The V-neckline and wide straps will give that positively perky look leaving you to enjoy your summer jiggle free.

Small bust rufflesSmall Bust

Adding soft curves can be as easy as choosing a style with a little helpful padding. The triangle shape top is flattering for a smaller bust and is always fashion right. Look for tops with styling features such as a cute bust tie or feminine ruffles as this will also give the illusion of a fuller bust.

Big bottom swimmersBig Bottom

Take the focus from booty to bust by toning down any details or colours on the bottom half of your body. A bikini is the best option, take advantage of the mix and match options many retailers offer. Choose a bottom shape that has moderate coverage, avoid too skimpy as too much will be on display and equally unflattering is a boy leg which will appear like excess fabric. Look for tops that direct attention to your bust line with contrasting colour or with attention grabbing details such as a bust tie or buckle.

Well -rounded Stomach

A tankini will be your best option or a one piece with ruching detail across the waist as this will disguise your tummy. A cross over style has the added benefit of defining the waistline giving a svelte look.  Also some designers are now offering inbuilt shaping panels giving customers a little confidence boost.

For short legsShort Legs

Look for a one piece with a high cut leg to elongate your silhouette. This doesn’t need to be boring try a glam cut out style for a fashion edgy look or alternatively opt for a fun print or a brilliant new fashion colour.

Full figured

Look for a high quality Lycra one-piece with an ultra flattering wide v- neckline that crosses over to the waist, a little ruching detail in the side seam will disguise any tummy trouble.  Additionally opt for a high cut leg to optimize the overall slimming effect. Dark colours work best, try a deep blue or red as a fun alternative to black.

For Boyish figureBoyish figure

For that fresh sporty look that your more curvy friends can’t pull off, try a boy-leg bottom. To create curves contrast your boyish frame with a ruffled bikini or one-piece and showcase your girly side.

The perfect swimsuit for you makes the most of your shape. By carefully mixing colour, print and cut you can enhance and flatter your way through the festive summer months.

Images courtesy of Jets



Guest Writer Louise Coccione

Guest Writer Louise Coccione

Louise Coccione is the head stylist at Style Friend and believes that every woman has the right to develop her own unique fashion style that celebrates her beautiful self.

Style Friend aims to teach clients how to sift through the fashion trends and fads and choose styles that Fit and Flatter, without getting stuck in a Fashion Rut or being a Fashion Slave. Making the right Fashion decisions ensure fashion dollars are delivering value, all the clothes in the wardrobe should be working as hard as you do. Find out more at


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