For most women, however, there is always one blot on the gloriously sunny horizon and that is the dreaded task of choosing this year’s bikini. Although we all enjoy lazing by the pool or taking a dip in the sea, lots of us feel less than happy about baring all in a bikini. In many cases this is because we aren’t sure as to which bikini to buy to best suit our body shape. If you buy the right bikini to compliment your figure you will be feeling beach beautiful in no time, so the following are a few handy hints to help you find the right bikini for this summer?
As we’re all aware there are many different body shapes out there and each of those body shapes is best complimented by a different style of bikini. If you are a woman with a slim, athletic build and not much in the way of curves, then you are extremely lucky in the sense that you can wear bikinis that most women can’t get away with. So if you do have a boyish figure don’t be afraid of bandeau strapless bikini tops and string-tie bikinis. Having said that you will most probably want a bikini that feminises your figure, so avoid overly sporty swimwear. instead look for bikinis with feminine patterns, frills and plunge bras, as these will help to create the illusion of an hourglass figure.
If you are a typical ‘pear shape’ (the most common body shape by far) you will have hips that are wider than your bust and shoulders. The key to finding the perfect bikini for this shape is to make your hips look narrower than they actually are, whilst adding volume to your bust which will balance you out. One way in which you can achieve this is by opting for high-legged bikini bottoms, as these will lengthen your legs and thus draw attention away from your hips. Be careful however, high-legged does not mean high-waisted, as high-waisted briefs will only emphasise wide hips. You should also ideally look for a bikini that features plain, dark bottoms with a complimentary patterned top, which will draw attention to your bust and away from your hips, thus balancing out your figure.
Ladies with larger busts should always opt for bikinis that offer a lot in the way of support. Swimwear purposely designed for bigger busts will always be more supportive and in return give you a better shape. Top-heavy girls need to reverse the ‘pear shaped’ rule and wear plain, dark colours on top with brighter, patterned bikini bottoms. If, on the other hand, you have a smaller bust, then because you don’t need as much support you will be able to wear any bikini style that takes your fancy! Remember however that halter necks will be really flattering, as will bikini tops that include a little bit of padding!
In terms of colours, the best thing to do is try a few next to your skin to see what you think looks best. Porcelain beauties should avoid white as this will only make them look pasty and black is ? of course ? slimming on everyone. It’s also worth remembering that bright colours always look best next to tanned skin.