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It's been so long since you saw your beachwear you probably can't remember what it looks like! If you think it's not worth investing in swimwear because you don't wear it that often, think again.
Your swimwear should give the same support as your underwear, suit your body shape and be in your WOW colours. Remember you'll be wearing it all day!!
We all like to feel good and look good on holiday and what you wear on the beach is just as important as what you wear out for dinner. You want it to fit and flatter you and make you feel good (especially as you are exposing more of your body!).
So, if you have dusted off your swimwear and it's looking a bit tired, faded or shapeless or it simply doesn't suit you any more, now is the time to invest in something colourful and flattering. But before you do, read on for tips on which styles suit your body shape best.
Neat Hourglass (hips and shoulders balanced, lean, defined waist)
As long as your proportions are good you can wear any style, depending on your personal preference. To emphasise your curves, round patterns are better than geometric and choose sarongs or beach dresses that show off your great waist.
Full Hourglass (hips and shoulders in line, curvy, waist clearly defined)
Underwiring or support is essential and will enhance your wonderful curves. Avoid having too much detail on your bottom half and make sure skirts or shorts don't finish at a wide point on the hips. Matching bikini sets will show off your perfectly balanced proportions.
Triangle (bottom half wider than top)
Keep pattern or detail above the waist. On your bottom half you might choose a darker colour and keep to simple lines. Beware of high-cut styles that finish at your widest point; you don't want to emphasize your hips. An uplifting style of bikini will draw attention to your bust.
Inverted Triangle (top half wider than bottom)
Halter and square necklines work well, as do pattern and details such as side ties on your bottom half. Choose geometric rather than floral patterns and look for swimwear styles where tops and bottoms are sold separately.
Rectangle (hips and shoulders balanced, little waist definition)
On a one-piece, a central panel in a darker shade gives the illusion of a slimmer shape, as do square necklines. Avoid high-waisted bikini bottoms and choose geometric rather than round patterns. Padded bras are great for giving the illusion of curves.
Round (weight is carried mostly around the middle)
Try a tankini or vest top that covers the middle and isn't too figure-hugging. Empire lines will enhance your narrowest point. For more cover, use a sarong. Details on the bust or shoulders will draw the eye upwards.