Sunday, September 6, 2009

Swimsuits to suit your body shape

This may be hard to hear.... but we don't all have the perfect beach body like Elle Macpherson at a photo shoot in the Bahamas.  Wish we did, but its highly unlikely. But this doesn't mean we can flaunt what we have got and it doesn't mean that we're not hot, because you are! 

There are many different body types out there (as Trinny and Susannah have pointed out) but for the purpose of this article I will be focusing on three main body types- Petite, Curvy and Athletic. 

Petite 

The Rules:
  • Don't over do it with lots of prints or straps- less is more
  • Take the plunge- a low neckline or halter neck will add make your upper body appear longer 
  • High cut bottoms make your legs longer 
  • Add padding to your top to give it a little bit extra wow factor 
  • Don't use too much material 
Prints and Patterns:
  • Polka dots, small flowers, retro print, branding (yes, its okay to brand), animal prints, bold colors, ruffles, beading, frills and knitted 

Tigerlily Maria Bikini, Sunburn Frill Me Ruffle Mini Tube Bandeau, Rip Curl Pixie Retro Tie 
Bikini, Flamingo Sands Looped Bandeau Bikini. 

Curvy 

The Rules:
  • Large bust? Mix bold patterns with solid bottoms. This will take the focus off your rear. 
  • Ruching will distract the eye from the waist. 
  • If you've got it, flaunt it. Hide flaws and accentuate assets. e.g. one piece to cover the tummy, or boy legs to cover thighs
  • Wide bands give better support. Especially under the bust and around the waist. 
Prints and Patterns:
  • Solid dark colors, large bold patterns, buttons, ruching, bows, ties, belts, inbuilt bras, halter, thick straps, boy legs, full piece, tankini and keep it simple
Palazzi Story 25 One Piece, Matt Audrey One Piece, Tigerlily Oui Taylor, Flamingo Sands Zebra Flowers Looped One Piece. 

Athletic 

The Rules:
  • Halters will show off the shoulders and minimise the bust- be careful with halters if you have broad shoulders. 
  • If you love to excercise, surf, run or do any other physical activity at the beach, its best to choose full-cut bottoms. 
  • Big prints will break up the silhoette and create curves. 
  • Bright colors can be used to highlight your best assets- like you toned abs or butt. 
Prints and Patterns:
  • Bright, fluro, stripes, boy shorts, ties, supported bikini tops, tankini and bikinis 
Roxy Mid Heat Halter, Tigerlily Max One Piece, Flamingo Sands Garden of Eden Halter Neck Bikini, Flamingo Sands Cut-Away One-Piece.  

Enjoy xx

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for all these helpful tips - really FAB post

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  2. thanks Elise! Much appreciated. :)

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