Figure flattering, great fitting
swimwear is worth waiting for
12 3 Boyish figure
Ladies with smaller busts can wear bikinis with triangle cups. By Áine Toner
These provide little support so work better for those with neat
busts. Bandeau styles will also emphasise a petite figure. Boost your
cleavage with gel bikini tops and twist bandeaus. Layers of frills
will add volume if you don’t like padding.
If you want to create the illusion of curves, boy shorts will look
fab as they create the illusion of a bigger, more feminine bottom.
Choose one with a dramatic, bold print.
Avoid vertical stripes, which will elongate you and make you
4 5 6 look boyish but slim horizontal stripes will accentuate width where
you want it, be it bust, bottom or both.
1 Top and bottoms both €14.99 from New Look
2 Swimsuit €38 from V by Very @ Littlewoods Ireland
3 Top €30 and bottoms €20 from Dickins & Jones @ House of Fraser
4 Swimsuit €25.95 from Zara
5 Bikini €14.99 and bottoms €9.99 from H&M
6 Top €14.99 and bottoms €11.99 from New Look
Curvy ﬁgure Pear shape 1 Swimwear
Halternecks give a great look to ladies with High leg bottoms really, really, do make 3
larger busts. e neckline is very ﬂattering your legs look longer. e cut shows oﬀ more We love
and will draw attention to feminine shoulders. 4
An underwired option gives shape and and creates the illusion of long, lean legs.
deﬁnition, lifting the bust and emphasising Avoid shorts as they tend to stop abruptly 6
your waistline. However, avoid large patterns, at the top of your leg, emphasising the most
horizontal stripes and shiny fabrics that over-
emphasise curves. unﬂattering part.
Choose a plain dark block colour for your
Look for styles with control which will bottom half and co-ordinating but patterned
smooth your stomach but still show oﬀ your top. is draws the eye upwards so the focus
ﬁgure. is away from the thighs and hips and focuses
Be cautious: retro high-waisted styles can on the bust and shoulders instead.
make your bottom appear bigger but are Draw attention upwards with embellished
perfect for concealing lumps and bumps. necklines and prints and enhance shoulder
12 width and create balance by sticking to
1 Swimsuit €6 from Penneys
2 Bikini €46 from V by Very @ Littlewoods Ireland
3 Swimsuit €63 from J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams
4 Swimsuit €54 from Figleaves
5 Swimsuit €35 from Next
6 Swimsuit €54 from Evans
3 4 Apple ﬁgure
56 Women who are stomach-conscious
should opt for a tankini with an
5 adjustable waistline or a swimming
costume that will provide more of a
We love cover-up in this area.
1 Top €36.50 and bottoms €19.50 from White Stu Look also to disruptive prints that
2 €29.99 from New Look confuse the eye and de-emphasise
3 €45 from Evans bigger stomachs.
4 Swimsuit €49 from Figleaves
5 Swimsuit €21.90 from F&F @ Tesco We love
6 €40 approx from M&Co
1 Swimsuit €63 from FrostFrench @ Debenhams
2 Swimsuit €29.95 from Zara
3 Swimsuit €47.50 from M&S
4 Top €54 from HOBBS
5 Tankini from €40 from M&S
6 Top €20 approx from Tu @ Sainsbury’s
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Triangle We love
figure 1 Top €72 and bottoms €54
56 from Seafolly @ House
As an inverted triangle you will have of Fraser
narrow hips and a slender waist with
wide shoulders or a full bust. Your 2 Top and bottoms €4.99
legs may be one of your best features, each from H&M
so try a bikini bottom with adjustable
long tie sides that will make them 3 Top €22.90 and bottoms
look even more enviable - and won’t €19.90 from Accessorize
squeeze into your body if you carry
weight around the middle. 4 Swimsuit €28 approx from
Love by Julien Macdonald
If you’re top-heavy due to a @ Matalan
bigger bust, look for a simple, well-
structured bikini top and steer clear 5 Swimsuit €42 from Next
of deep-plunging V-necklines.
Choose shorts, hipsters or detailed 6 Bikini €14.99 and bottoms
bottoms to draw the eye downwards. €11.99 from New Look
Pick swimsuits with a low cut leg for
Avoid halterneck styles that will
enhance your top heavy imbalance.
T he good fit guide
:: Know your body shape, proportion and, :: Be brave with colour, print and texture.
especially, fit. Make sure that you try Hold pieces/colours against your skin in
on items before you hit the beach - use daylight and see if the colour works with
underwear sizes as a guide. your skin tone. A bold colour statement
on the right skin tone will deflect people
:: Support is essential. Remember from looking at the bits you dislike.
swimwear needs to hold you in and up.
Find out what’s good for you, what suits :: It’s all about the detail. All-in-ones with
you and which areas you want to flatter. cut-out detailing in specific areas of the
body look sexy in a demure, teasing way.
:: Posture is everything. You don’t need Racer backs show off great shoulder lines,
a Baywatch body to look good poolside! high hip cuts show proud thighs and a
The biggest killer to all fashion is bad tie or clasp halter neck with plummeting
posture, lazy shoulders, slouching and neckline will draw frontal attention to any
dragging feet. Instead, hold your head chest size.
high, pull shoulders back, tuck that
tummy in and walk tall.
€62 from V by Very €42 from €47.50 from M&S €51 from €12 from Penneys €29 from River Island
@ Littlewoods Ireland Cotton Edits FrostFrench @ Debenhams