With the summer almost upon us, now’s the time to start shopping for your holiday wardrobe. For most people that also includes updating your swimwear, a task that few relish. Many of us feel a bit self-conscious about being so exposed so it’s vital to choose the right style.176021_07_medium

Confidence is key to looking good at the beach or beside the pool, so finding a swimming costume that makes you feel great will help you look good too. Bonmarche have a wide selection of swimwear to choose from to suit every shape and size, so locating the perfect costume to flatter your body needn’t be a daunting challenge.

Which shape are you?

In order to establish which kind of control swimwear is right for you, have a good look at your body shape. Are you a classic apple, with a waist wider than your hips? Or perhaps a pear, with a slim waist and bust and more curves on your hips and bottom? Rectangles have a uniform shape all over the mid-section while triangles tend to be larger on the bust and shoulders with a narrow bottom half. Those with an hourglass figure are similar in size on the bust and hips with a slimmer waist.

Once you have established which shape best describes your frame, you can choose the style that is most flattering for you, minimising any areas you would prefer not to draw attention to and making the most of your best features.

Support and control

176022_11_xlalt2One of the main areas that people can feel a little self-conscious about is the tummy but with the right kind of support you can minimise any lumps and bumps and create a gorgeous silhouette. Swimwear with inbuilt tummy control panels in the front will flatten your stomach and create a slimmer shape, perfect if you are an apple.

Ruched detailing across the front of the costume distracts from the stomach and opt for a costume with wired cups if you also require extra support in the bust. Pear shapes may want to draw attention away from their hips, so a halterneck costume or one with plenty of decoration on the top half is ideal. Alternatively a swimdress is great option as the material hangs loosely over the hips and bottom, making these look slimmer. Concealed bikini briefs under the skirt provide additional tummy control.

If you have a rectangular body, tummy control swimwear can help create the illusion of luscious curves. Padded cups, control panels on the waist, and plenty of ruching on the top and bottom will give the impression of a curvier shape.

If you are a triangle you will probably need a little extra support on top, so a costume with underwired cups will give you a confidence boost. A halter-neck swimming costume will make the most of your best features while opting for additional decoration on your bottom half will give you a more balanced shape.

Eye-catching details

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Classic hourglass figures look best in a swimsuit that accentuates their curves. Choose one with tummy control

to slim the waist and plenty of support in the top to make the most of your assets. A wrap-style one-piece is a versatile option that flattens the tummy, emphasises the top line and flatters virtually any figure.

Once you have the right support in place you can start to think about the colours or prints that best suit you. Brighter shades and patterns will draw the eye so use these on areas you feel most confident about and stick to plain fabric for those parts you would prefer to minimise. For example, pear shapes look great in a floral tankini top with darker, plain bikini briefs. Black and navy are popular choices as they have a slimming effect, but add interest with colourful or patterned straps and decorative panels.

Choosing the right swimwear for your holiday can feel like a tricky task but once you have established what body shape you are, the task will be much simpler. Emphasise your best features and opt for swimwear with tummy control to minimise any areas you are less confident in. The right swimwear will ensure you look and feel great both in and out of the pool this summer.

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