To celebrate the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard, I thought I’d put together a simple guide to finding the right bikini for this summer.
I agree every body is beautiful and you should wear whatever the hell you want to wear – but I often get confused if an item will flatter my shape, so here are five ways to help you find the right bikini for your body shape.
Pear Shape – if you have curvy hips but are smaller on top, stick to a classic bottom fit and instead opt for an eye catching top with something like a colorful embroidery or plunging neckline.
Large Bust – if you have a larger bust then pick bikinis with a lot of support in the top, padding, underwire, thick straps you name it to flaunt your assets whilst making you feel comfortable and supported. Avoid ruffles if you are trying to create the illusion of a smaller bust.
Small Bust – if you have a smaller bust, triangle bikinis and halter tops create the illusion of curves if that’s what you are after. Alternatively, if you are feeling daring opt for a strapless bikini, or backless swimsuit, which give a sexy look without having to amp up your bust.
Athletic – if you have a very straight figure, then tie side bikinis are great at creating curves to the body. Go for bold prints, ruffles and embellishments.
Apple Shape – if you want to hide your tummy area, then asymmetric tops and swimsuits will draw the eye up towards the neckline. Cross over fabrics and figure-flattering surplice-wrap silhouette trims the waist effortlessly. Block colours help to emphasise your figure and go for on trend retro-inspired, high-waisted, style swimwear.