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.

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.

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

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