What to wear now
What to wear now..
What to wear now – our picks of the catwalk wonders and where to get them on the high street
Ladies with smaller busts can wear bikinis with triangle cups. These provide little support so work better for those with neat busts. Bandeau styles will also emphasise a petite figure. Boost your cleavage with gel bikini tops and twist bandeaus. Layers of frills will add volume if you don't like padding.
If you want to create the illusion of curves, boy shorts will look fab as they create the illusion of a bigger, more feminine bottom. Choose one with a dramatic, bold print.
Avoid vertical stripes, which will elongate you and make you look boyish but slim horizontal stripes will accentuate width where you want it, be it bust, bottom or both.
1 €14.99 Tops and bottoms from from New Look
2 €38 Swimsuit from V by Very @ Littlewoods Ireland
3 Top from Dickins & Jones @ House of Fraser (TBC)
4 €25.95 Swimsuit from Zara
5 €14.99 Bikini and €9.99 Bottoms from H&M
6 €14.99 Top and €11.99 Bottoms from New Look
Halternecks give a great look to ladies with larger busts. The neckline is very flattering and will draw attention to feminine shoulders. An underwired option gives shape and definition, lifting the bust and emphasising your waistline. However, avoid large patterns, horizontal stripes and shiny fabrics that over-emphasise curves.
Look for styles with control which will smooth your stomach but still show off your figure.
Be cautious: retro high-waisted styles can make your bottom appear bigger but are perfect for concealing lumps and bumps.
1 €36.50 Top and €19.50 Bottoms from White Stuff
2 €29.99 from New Look
3 €tbc from Evans
4 €tbc Swimsuit from Figleaves 764408
5 €tbc Swimsuit from F&F @ Tesco 731390
6 €40 approx from M&Co
High leg bottoms really, really, do make your legs look longer. The cut shows off more and creates the illusion of long, lean legs. Avoid shorts as they tend to stop abruptly at the top of your leg, emphasising the most unflattering part.
Choose a plain dark block colour for your bottom half and co-ordinating but patterned top. This draws the eye upwards so the focus is away from the thighs and hips and focuses on the bust and shoulders instead.
Draw attention upwards with embellished necklines and prints and enhance shoulder width and create balance by sticking to halterneck styles.
1 €6 Swimsuit from Penneys
2 €46 Bikini from V by Very @ Littlewoods Ireland
3 €63 Swimsuit from J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams
4 €tbc Swimsuit from Figleaves 764398
5 €35 Swimsuit from Next
6 €54 Swimsuit from Evans
Women who are stomach-conscious should opt for a tankini with an adjustable waistline or a swimming costume that will provide more of a cover-up in this area.
Look also to disruptive prints that confuse the eye and de-emphasise bigger stomachs.
€63 Swimsuit from Floozie FrostFrench @ Debenhams
€29.95 Swimsuit from Zara
€tbc Swimsuit from M&S 760869
€tbc Top and €tbc Bottoms from HOBBS
€tbc Top and €tbc Bottoms from M&S
€20 Top and €16 approx Bottoms from Tu @ Sainsburys
As an inverted triangle you will have narrow hips and a slender waist with wide shoulders or a full bust. Your legs may be one of your best features, so try a bikini bottom with adjustable long tie sides that will make them look even more enviable - and won't squeeze into your body if you carry weight around the middle.
If you're top-heavy due to a bigger bust, look for a simple, well-structured bikini top and steer clear of deep-plunging V-necklines. Choose shorts, hipsters or detailed bottoms to draw the eye downwards. Pick swimsuits with a low cut leg for retro glamour.
Avoid halterneck styles that will enhance your top heavy imbalance.
€tbc Top and €tbc Bottoms from Seafolly @ House of Fraser
€4.99 Top and bottoms each from H&M
€22.90 Top and bottoms €19.90 from Accessorize
€28 approx Swimsuit from Love by Julien Macdonald @ Matalan
€42 Swimsuit from Next
€14.99 Bikini and €11.99 Bottoms from New Look
The good fit guide
:: Know your body shape, proportion and, especially, fit. Make sure that you try on items before you hit the beach - use underwear sizes as a guide.
:: Posture is everything. You don't need a Baywatch body to look good poolside! The biggest killer to all fashion is bad posture, lazy shoulders, slouching and dragging feet. Instead, hold your head high, pull shoulders back, tuck that tummy in and walk tall.
:: Be brave with colour, print and texture. Hold pieces/colours against your skin in daylight and see if the colour works with your skin tone. A bold colour statement on the right skin tone will deflect people from looking at the bits you dislike.
:: It's all about the detail. All-in-ones with cut-out detailing in specific areas of the body look sexy in a demure, teasing way. Racer backs show off great shoulder lines, high hip cuts show proud thighs and a tie or clasp halter neck with plummeting neckline will draw frontal attention to any chest size.
:: Support is essential. Remember swimwear needs to hold you in and up. Find out what's good for you, what suits you and which areas you want to flatter.
1 €12 from Penneys
2 €tbc from Cotton Edits 751757
3 €58.50 from White Stuff
4 €51 fro Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams
5 €tbc from M&S 760861
6 €62 from V by Very @ Littlewoods Ireland
7 €45.90 from Accessorize
8 €tbc from River Island 738902