It’s time to grin and bare it

Choose the right piece and you’ll wear your swimwear with con­fi­dence

The Gympie Times - - CLOSET - WITH Chan­tay Lo­gan Pho­tos: Jerad Wil­liams Model: Karla Body­cote Fash­ion: All looks at david­ Lo­ca­tion: Pool­side at QT Gold Coast

IT’S that time again. While it’s hard to beat soak­ing up the sun­shine along­side the pool over sum­mer, there’s one step on the way that few women rel­ish. Shop­ping for swimwear doesn’t have to be stress­ful. Here are some tips for find­ing “the one.”

Start by max­imis­ing the time be­tween trips by in­vest­ing in a clas­sic colour pal­ette.

Navy pops pool­side when paired with white or co­ral, while a block-coloured one-piece will never go out of fash­ion.

“It’s al­ways re­ally nice to have a state­ment one-piece when it comes to swimwear,” David Jones am­bas­sador Jesinta Franklin says. While there’s no sub­sti­tute for brav­ing that change room and get­ting to know what suits you, there are some fig­ure-flat­ter­ing short­cuts. If you’re a pear shape (curvy at the hips and smaller on top), go for sep­a­rates that will bal­ance your pro­por­tions, or an at­ten­tion-steal­ing plung­ing neck­line.

Retro-styled high waists are great tummy con­ceal­ers, or look for shirred or gath­ered fab­rics that cre­ate def­i­ni­tion at the waist.

Prints, ruf­fles and em­bel­lish­ments can cre­ate curves in an ath­letic fig­ure. Tie-side bikini bot­toms and one-pieces with well-placed cut-outs will also do the trick.

“It’s all about the fit. You want to feel sup­ported and com­fort­able – for ex­am­ple, I like a good bralette on top,” Jesinta says.

“Don’t be afraid to try dif­fer­ent things on and see what works for you … and take a friend.”

LOOK 1: Jets As­pire high neck­line em­pire one-piece, $169; Re­becca Minkoff raw crys­tal hinge bracelet worn through­out, $64.50; Sa­man­tha Wills neck­lace worn through­out, stylist’s own.

LOOK 2: Reiss Phoenix bikini top, $110, Reiss Omari B-Frill Front bot­toms, $110.

LOOK 3: Heidi Klum In­ti­mates Coco Azure one-piece, $179.95. LOOK 4: Jets Poetic tie-side pant, $69.95, and Poetic tri­an­gle top, $99.95

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