I recently asked my Facebook followers, what are your main swimwear issues and what do you struggle to find? I received a great response and a varied list of struggles. Given the approaching school summer holidays, I have tracked down some of the best styles on the High Street and online to assist you and give you some ideas. I hope that this post helps you to choose your perfect swimwear and help you feel confident in it.
- First thing to do is to identify your body proportions, are you smaller on the top half and bigger on the bottom half or vice a versa?
- To create balance in your swimwear, put colour and details on the smaller half of your body, keeping the larger half in darker or plain colours. This will visually re-balance your proportions.
- The swimsuit on the left will minimise a larger bottom half, whilst maximising a smaller bust and highlighting the waist. Perfect for those with a pear shaped body.
Swimwear that creates curves
- Look for swimwear with patterns and colour variations that will keep the eye moving and divide up the torso.
- If you prefer a solid block colour, choose suits with other details like cut outs, belts, frills or buttons which will provide a visual break and create curves.
- The stripes on the left create an optical break in the torso and will break up a rectangular or longer body.
Swimwear for Bigger Busts under £50
- You want the support of good swimwear, but want to find something contemporary and affordable.
- ASOS have a great selection of styles in their DD+ section includes bikinis and swimsuits from their own Fuller Bust range aswell as those from independent brands such as Poi Moi and Wolf and Whistle. There is a great selection ranging from a DD cup to a G. Prices start at £20 for a swimsuit and £12 for a bikini top.
- Boux Avenue have some very on trend bikinis from a 28DD to a 38G, with tops at £30 and bottoms at £16.
- Figleaves have good classic styles and Debenhams Gorgeous range have an extensive range of colour and prints.
Tall Swimsuits for those over 5'8"
- A few high street brands have their own 'Tall' ranges, but like many 'specialist ranges' now tend to be available only online.
- Marks and Spencer and Boden stock classic style longer length swimsuits. ASOS tall range has more trend led styles and beach cover ups.
- Also try Dutch based brands who tend to come up longer in the body to accommodate the averagely taller population, such as Espirit and Hunklemoller who ship to the UK.
Swimwear with Tummy Cover
- There are many ranges which have been developed with 'secret' support and sculpting panels which keep the tummy supported. If you want to wear a bikini, a retro style higher waisted brief will keep the lower half of your tummy supported. Ruched details or patterns will provide a distraction to a heavier tummy.
- Try high street brands Marks and Spencer, the Speedo Sculptural range (around £50) and Miraclesuit (around £130).
- The swimsuit on the left has the look of a tankini with the benefit of it being one piece so there's no worry about the top half riding up.
Fashionable Plus Size Bikinis
Enhance a Small Bust
- Higher 'sporty' style swimsuits will visually enhance the size of a bust, as will voluminous details such as ruffles.
- Alternatively enjoy the freedom to not require underwire and go for a swimsuit with a plunging neckline.
- The frill on the left will add volume to a small bust and the bardot neckline will add width to narrow shoulders.
Large briefs and a non-underwired bikini
- Large briefs have become very popular over recent years thanks to a retro comeback and so there are many higher waisted styles around.
- Just beware of the style of leg, although you may wish to get as much cover as possible for your bottom, a very lower 'boy' leg or boxer style will actually make your bottom look larger because of the amount of fabric. Opt for a mid to higher leg instead.
Swimwear for the over 60s
- There are no specific guides or ranges for different age groups and it really depends on your proportions and preferences.
- If you prefer a classic swimsuit that covers and brings control to your torso, see 'Swimwear with Tummy Cover' above.
Stylish Cover Ups
- For ultimate flexibility on holiday, aim to have one plain and one patterned cover up to coordinate with the colour palettes of your swimwear so that you have a piece for each item.
- Next and House of Fraser always have a good range of kaftans and beachwear online.
- The best instore ranges can be found at Primark and Debenhams.
Non-Mumsy Maternity Swimwear
- The maternity specialist Seraphine have timeless style bikinis, swimsuits and beachwear from £35 to £45.
- For fashion forward budget swimwear try ASOS Maternity who always have a colourful selection and on trend details.
- For classic neutral swimsuits, Figleaves have styles with hidden bust support for under £32.
I hope you have found this guide useful. Don't forget if you have any swimwear dilemmas not covered above, get in touch and I'd be happy to help.
Whether you are at the beach or poolside in the Caribbean or in the UK, have a fabulous summer holiday!