Is there anything worse than shopping for a new swimsuit? Alright, possibly shopping for the perfect pair of jeans (psst... solve your denim dilemmas here). For many of us, swimwear shopping can lead to hours of frustration and even tears! The wrong suit has the annoying habit of highlighting any body insecurities, all while fitting wrong and being uncomfortable to boot. But the good news is that with a few tips and some helpful advice, you can take the fear out of swimwear shopping. The trick is to find the right suit for you body type. We've got all the tips you need plus a clever illustration that will help you look and feel your best this summer.
Whatever your body shape, we've got the suits that will fit and flatter your figure. From supporting an ample chest to creating a slimmer silhouette, find the best swimwear for your body. Because whether you're heading to the seaside this summer or just lounging around in the garden, swimwear should be about relaxing and enjoying yourself – not stressing out about how you look! Discover your perfect swimwear buy below...
Pear body types tend to have fuller hips and thighs, with a defined waist and a smaller top half (think Beyoncé or Rihanna). Flatter this gorgeous shape with an all-in-one swimsuit that will create a longer, slimmer silhouette. A plunging neckline is a great option as it will enhance curves and divert attention from the hips. Keep bottoms high-cut – or opt for a super cute skirtini.
Apple shapes generally hold the majority of weight around the centre of the body, similar to famous beauties like Catherine Zeta-Jones or Melissa McCarthy. When it comes to flattering swimwear, opt for one-pieces with side rouching or with body-sculpting materials. These swimsuits will keep your tummy under wraps while showing off your other assets.
Hourglasses ladies typically have an ample bust and bottom with a slim waist in between. Famous hourglass figures? Kim Kardashian or Nigella Lawson. To show off your figure, go for halter-neck bikini sets (as opposed to mismatched separates) with a high waist, which will draw eyes to your slimmest area and keep your shape in proportion. Echo your silhouette with fifties, retro-style long-line bikinis.
If you have broader shoulders, chest and back with a narrower lower half then you likely fall into the inverted triangle body shape category, like fellow stunners Reneé Zellweger and Naomi Campbell. The most becoming swimsuits on an inverted triangle shape are the ones that will add curves to your lower half while showing off your legs. Focus on feminine cuts and details, and don’t be afraid of interesting prints and patterns (although skip the stripes). Halter-necks and underwire bras will narrows shoulders and balances proportions.
This body type has the fewest curves, with chest, waist and hips that are all similar in measurements. You're in good company – Tilda Swinton and Mel C are considered to be rectangular shapes. Create a more hourglass-like silhouette with illusion side panels and opt for feminine prints and colours. Gorgeous!
Find your perfect swimsuit at George by Asda.