Thursday, November 29, 2012

Swimsuits to suit your body shape

Yes it is that time again - swimsuit shopping!  The thought of bearing the body after being hidden over winter can send shudders down your spine. To help, we have put together some tips and tricks on what swimsuits suit what body shapes.  Follow our tips below to have you beach ready!


You will look great in most swimsuits.  We love an hourglass in a vintage inspirted swimsuit that celebrates your curves. The key is to keep your proportions balanced.  The one we have chosen is $145 at Prue Trollope for a bit of fun. Look for:

  • Tops with straps that sit mid-way across the shoulder.
  • Match patterns and colours of your top and bottom.
  • Balanced ruffles, padding and embellishments can enhance your curves.
  • Bottoms that cut straight across your hips. 
  • Strapless tops look great too if your bust size is not too big.
  • Halternecks or cupped styles, and anything that brings in the waist to play to your hourglass shape.


The nautical look illustrates sophistication at sea. Wear a mix of red, blue and white to follow the sailor trend. Stripes are a popular summer bikini trend that you can use to your advantage by adding volume at the top half. We have chosen (below) a Seafolly one piece for $159.95. Horizontal stripes around the bust can create the illusion of your top half seeming broader and balancing your lower half.  Look for bottoms that will minimise your lower half and tops that add volume to your bust.  Things to look for:

  • Wide-set straps
  • Moderate to full coverage bottoms
  • Lightcoloured tops that are ruffled, embellished, patterned or padded.
  • Dark bottoms or waist bands
  • Scoop or high-cut legs/

Inverted triangle

When choosing a swimsuit for an inverted triangle, remember the objective is to balance your body and break-up your broad shoulders a little. We have selected a khaki Seafolly tankini for just $179.99.  Things to look for:

  • Use ruffles to your advantage by conversely adding them to the bottom to balance your hips with your bust. 
  • Avoid string bikinis if they don’t offer any support; instead stick to structured styles and simple halternecks.
  • Patterned or light coloured bottoms paired with solid tops.
  • Bottoms that cut straight across your hips.
  • One-piece suits with side cut-outs are also great.


For a rectangle body shape, it is all about creating the illusion of curves.  We chose this stunning Zimmerman mesh panelled one piece at $395.  Other styles to look for:

  • Wide-set straps
  • Moderate to full coverage bottoms
  • Light coloured tops that are ruffled, embellished or patterned
  • Light coloured bottoms or waistbands with ruffles or embellishments
  • Waistbands that are cut straight across from hip to hip


Look for swimsuits that will define your waist and add curves to your figure to make you seem less round.  We have chosen a Miracle Suit that has curves in just the right places for $269. This summer, indulge in the extraordinary prints inspired by India. Things to look for:

  • Tankinis and one piece suits with hourglass prints
  • Skirted skirts with light coloured busts
  • Straps that sits mid shoulder
  • Suits with wrap or crisscross details
  • Bottoms with hip details such as ties.


We have selected a Baku one-piece that has tummy control for $159.95.  Your body shape is all about creating the focus on your bust and de-emphasizing your tummy and hips.  Things to look for: 
  • Ruffles, padding or embellishments at the bust
  • Straps that sit mid-shoulder or strapless suits to broaden your shoulders
  • A-line skirts that skim your body without adding volume
  • Suits that are light/patterned at the bust and dark at the waist and hips
If you are still not sure what to do, or just need a trained pair of eyes to help you look your best on the beach this summer, please feel free to book in for a CHIC Style Session - call 0416 644337 or email us.

1 comment:

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