Holiday Swimwear

 As the summer fast approaches our thoughts turn to relaxing on warm sunny beaches, cocktails and long balmy nights. As the final reminder letter drops through the letter box the holiday we have been trying to visualise for months becomes a bit more of a reality. However equally our thoughts also turn to what is probably the biggest fashion challenge us girls face….choosing swimwear!

As an Image Consultant I work with ladies encouraging them to look at their bodies objectively and think, “what area of my body do I like?” Or ask them to consider the compliments people have paid them in the past. Instead of brushing them off, give the compliment some thought as there is likely to be a lot of truth there, and yes your bum may well have looked fab in those jeans! You’re just not willing to see it.

When I look for swimwear to suit my clients, I look to highlight their assets and draw attention away from the areas of their bodies they like the least.
If like me your tummy is an area you prefer not to draw attention to, or you just prefer to smooth out all the lumps and bumps there are now fantastic ranges in support swimwear all over the high street, Next, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer have been a go to for me in the past.

When you consider prints on swimwear always look for medium sized or large prints, any ditsy small prints will make you look bigger than you actually are whereas big and bold will make you look smaller. This bikini from Next offers me the larger scale print, tummy control high waisted briefs and an underwire supportive top, I also love the matching kimono too.


If you have a small bust and a bit of a tummy, try this tummy control one piece from online retailer Figleaves . The halter neck tie will support you and the stripes will give the illusion of a bigger bust, the Matt black bottom half with built in tummy control will smooth you out.

Ladies with large busts opt for some structure built into the suit, wide straps, underwire, a high back and built in cups will give you the support you need.
For those who feel they have a fuller figure opt for tankini’s or a one piece in Matt Lycra fabric, and avoid anything too shiny which will draw attention to areas you wish people not to look at.

This one piece in a dark Matt purple Lycra,  has so many of the elements you need to help minimise your bust.

Figleaves deserve a mention for this wonderful Magi Sculpt Swimsuit which claims to loose up to an inch, true or not it will add to your confidence none the less.


Those with a small bust, look for detail including pattern or a twisted bandeau on the top as either of these will all aid in creating the illusion of a bigger bust. Padding and underwire will also boost your self esteem and give you support and shape, if you can buy separates look for a lighter top and darker bottom as this little trick will give the appearance of a larger bust.


The halter neck straps on this ruched bandeau geometric and stripped print bikini is fab as it creates the illusion of a bigger bust, there is also a one piece available too in this fab print.

If you find swimwear shopping a challenge, take a friend or if budgets permit a personal shopper, to give an honest objective view on your selection.

My final tip is to remember to maximise your assets and work with your body shape and not against it as this will always be the best silhouette of yourself.

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