SWIMWEAR FOR ALL BODY TYPES SHOP FOR YOUR SHAPE WITH THESE NEW-SEASON STYLES AND HIT THE BEACH LOOKING YOUR BEST.
Broad shoulders, large breasts, curvy hips and a defined slim waistline
Try: Stylist Jo Blankfield suggests a swimsuit that shows off your feminine curves without overwhelming the body. “A classic bikini will look great on a balanced hourglass,” she says. “Side ties and moveable cups are a great bonus to allow for adjustments.” If you prefer a one-piece, try a plunging neckline to enhance your bust.
Avoid: Swimsuits that have too much detail on the top or bottom. This will create an unbalanced shape.
A smaller bust and narrow shoulders with larger hips, thighs and bottom
Try: Swimwear that balances out shoulders and hips will suit your shape, Blankfield says. “Look for pieces that will add volume to the bust or have detail on top to bring the eye up to your chest.” A bikini with a padded or ruffled top will maximise your bust while distracting from your hips. “Mixing and matching separates and keeping your bikini bottom dark will also draw the eyes up.”
Avoid: Boy shorts. This style accentuates rather than covers up the hips.
Big breasts, rounded stomach and slimmer hips
Try: “One-piece swimsuits are generally more flattering for a fuller tummy,” Blankfield says. Go for bold prints and rouching to distract from a fuller waistline and try styles with a central panel to bring the eye in and create length. “Bathers with underwired or defined cups will lift your bust and create some definition to the waist,” she says.
Avoid: Single-colour plain swimsuits with no detail as they create an inbalance.
Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins Skimpy Triangle Double Strap bikini top, and Hipster Tie Side bikini bottoms (size 8-16), $59.95 each,
Sunseeker Surfseeker underwired singlet (size 10-20), $129.95, and Gathered
Side bikini bottoms (size 8-16), $69.95, sunseekerswim.
Playboy for Bras N Things Minorca Denim Booster with Cookie and Tie Side bikini (size 8-14), $79.99,
Seafolly Mod Club one-piece (size 8-14), $179.95, seafolly. com.au
Cotton On Swim Body Booster one-piece (size 6-14),
Funkita Growl Baby one-piece (size 8-16),
Best & Less Zip Front bikini (size 8-24), $20, bestandless.com.au
Sanibel one-piece (size 10-18),
$259.95, 1300 130 715
Sunseeker Oceano one-piece (size 8-16), $169.95, sunseekerswim.