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How to pick flattering swimwear

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For Big Busts
For Big Busts

Often miscast as the bikin's dowdy sister, the one piece has had somewhat of a revival having been refashioned in neoprene, mesh, frills, cut-outs and prints in flattering cuts and stylish colours. Leaving more to the imagination than an itsy-bitsy two piece it has proved to be the chicer option for even the most Gisele-esque beach goers.

The trick to a swimming costume is to select the right style and get a great fit so that whatever your shape and budget you'll look and feel a million bucks hitting the beach.


Big busts

For those with large busts it's vitally important to get a swimsuit with plenty of support to ensure both comfort and good shape. Choose an underwired style with adjustable straps and make sure the fit is as good as you would have a bra. Rigby & Peller and House of Fraser have an attractive selection of supportive styles. If you have a healthy budget then look at Eres who do artfully constructed costumes that can transform a silhouette.

Thicker straps are a good idea for extra support but avoid halter necks which can cause neck and shoulder ache if worn all day. If you are particularly heavy on top then balance out your figure by opting for a suit that has a patterned or lighter in colour or paler bottom half. This will draw the eye away from the bust and create the illusion of a perfect proportion.


Boyish figures

Give shape to boyish figures with busy print and shape enhancing details such a ruffles and ruching. A halter neck gives maximising cleavage; for those wanting an extra boost choose a softly padded cup. Bandeau styles work best on smaller busts that require minimal support and draw the eye to slender shoulders and neck. Horizontal and diagonal stripes help add curve to slight frames.


Thick waists

If you are an apple shape then use blocks of colour to give the illusion of a waist. A dark band around the middle will help create an hourglass shape as will contrasted side panels. Wrap styles and waist ties will also help disguise a thicker waist. Look at Violet Lake and John Lewis. Stick to a classic colour palette of black, navy and grey which have a slimming effect and choose a style with subtle tummy control panels. A plunge neckline will draw attention away from the midriff up to the decolletage and shoulders.


Proportion play

For those with a lengthy torso finding an all-in-one that is long enough in the body can be hard work. Whilst there isn't a huge range of tall swimwear on offer attractive styles can be found from Long Tall Sally and Land's End. A style with blocks or bands of colour break up the body balancing out proportions.

If short legs are your issue then choose a style that is cut high on the hip to create the illusion of length. This trick also works for those of us in the possession of a curvaceous set of pins. Tempting though it is to choose a style with maximum bottom and thigh coverage, the elongating effect of a high cut costume means legs appear slimmer.

For petite figures, choose a style with a lower neckline and delicate string straps as this will elongate the neck and torso. Steer clear of thick stripes and large motifs, instead opting for small prints that won't overwhelm a small frame.


via telegraph.co.uk

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