Well Suited

January is a great time to take advantage of winter sales. Surprisingly enough, one item that you’re guaranteed to get a great deal on at this time of year is a swimsuit. Before you crawl back into your holiday hibernation, I’ll admit, swimsuit shopping can be rough but I promise you, the awesome feeling of finding a suit that you feel great in is well worth the pain.

Most women have a body part that they would like to camouflage. Below I’ve outlined some popular ones and provided some suggestions for finding your perfect suit.

Large Bust:
Fit your chest first. Look for a style with an underwire for maximum support. Halter styles with a significant strap (no skinny straps here) are great on a large chest as they highlight the shoulders. Take advantage of the mix and match trend by pairing a solid top with a patterned or brightly coloured bottom. If you have long legs, a bikini with a skirted bottom can also balance out your proportions nicely.

Tummy:
Always looking to keep things fresh, swimwear designers have taken a second look at the one piece and redesigned it as a bonafide style statement. A one piece with shaping fabrics and vertical blocks of colour will elongate your shape and give the appearance of proportion. Interesting yet strategic details like a v neck or ruching will give draw the eye to the characteristics you are most proud of.

Small Bust:
Details on your bikini or one piece top will create the illusion of fullness – look for pattern, ruching or moulded cups. A one piece with a plunging neckline can be very sophisticated where a bikini with a bandeau top can be stylish yet playful and perfectly up your alley. Do note, a bandeau top will emphasize a broad back or shoulders.

Bottom:
Mix and match separates are your friend as you can fit each part of your body effectively. In your case, when wearing separates, try a solid bottom with a bikini top in a bright colour or with some detail. Another option is a streamlined skirt or swim dress for a little more coverage. Do be mindful of your choice though as more fabric can add inches.

By Kim England

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Seafolly Goddess halter neck bikini top www.johnlewis.com
Vix Malawi striped bikini bottom www.matchesfashion.com
Melissa Odabash Valencia Padded swimsuit www.net-a-porter.com
Miraclesuit Barcelona bandeau control swimsuit www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Tory Burch one shoulder maillot www.toryburch.com

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