The new wave of swimwear is here and it’s all about figure-flattering cuts and cool colour palettes. While finding the right fit, support and all in a stylish design can be a challenge, our handy swimwear guide will help you hunt down the perfect swimsuit and bikini for you.
Best swimsuit for… The sporty type
If sports are on the agenda, you need something that feels secure and fits well. Choose styles with high coverage and made of performance fabrics that will stand up to all the activity. Styles to look out for are those with sportier features, like a racerback for freedom of movement, a zip front, belting, and even long sleeves for added sun protection. This summer, swimwear can be both flattering and functional.
Best swimsuit for…Beach time
Swimwear for the beach can be anything from ruffles and prints which make for a playful beach vibe or a simpler style with block colours and a minimal design. Comfort is key when you are both lying around and swimming. Bigger style bikini bottoms are continuing trends from previous seasons and are great if you don’t feel that confident about your midsection. The classic triangle and string bikini is always a winner and with playful raffia accessories, you’ll be all set for a day of sun, sea, and sand.
Best swimsuit for.. Poolside lounging
A bikini is a great choice here if you are comfortable baring your midsection and high-waisted bikini bottoms will give that instant retro style. Sitting above the belly button, they give more coverage than a traditional bikini and are a great alternative to a swimsuit when you want to show more skin. Cut-out swimsuits are also a big trend and are great if you feel uncomfortable in a bikini but still want to show off your body.
Best swimsuits for the body type
/ High-cut swimsuits will flatter long legs and create a leg-lengthening effect on shorter legs. A deep scooped back and low sides will elongate all body shapes and create a curvy effect.
/ An underwired bikini top is universally flattering and will give you great support and boost your natural shape.
/ Neutral colours like black, beige, and brown and in sophisticated silhouettes like a classic one-piece or a simple, fuss-free triangle bikini is always a favourite.
/ For a smaller bust, halter tops can help accentuate the bust as do triangle tops. A lightly padded bra suit and underwire will also enhance your shape.
/ Swimsuits with a gathered panel, a colourful top or dark, solid colours on the bottom are great swimsuits to go for if you have a thicker waist.
Top tips for buying swimwear online
+ Measure yourself. Measure yourself in the comfort of your own home with a tape measure and compare the results to the size guide from the brand you are shopping from. These will give you the bust, waist, and hips (the widest part of your bum). This will help guide you to choose the right size from the brand.
+ Go for styles with adjustable straps. If the swimwear has adjustable straps, then it allows you to find the perfect fit to suit you. Sometimes you may not need another size it could be that you just need a slight adjustment with ties and straps.