The beach beckons. The summer sun is nearly in sight. The cases are down from the loft. Now comes the time to take a look through your swimwear and cover ups ready to hit the pool. But are you ready? How does the swimwear look and feel? Do you feel confident or wish that you can wrap yourself in a towel and still get a tan!
Swimwear is daunting for most women, but I believe that we all have the right to look and feel great in our clothes…even swimwear. The trick is to buy pieces which flatter and compliment your shape and draw attention to areas of your body that you like and away from areas that you don’t like.
I’ve selected some of my favourite pieces of stylish swimwear from the High Street including hints and tips on what body shapes they would suit and how to avoid the dreaded swimwear fear.
Accessorize Coral Swimsuit
I love the detail on this crochet Accessorize one piece, the back of this suit will be a great focal point and will draw attention to your back rather than your front and the plunging neckline is great for those with wide shoulders or a small bust.
Debenhams Ben De Lisi Chevron Bikini has 50% off at the moment
Next Bikini Top £16 and Briefs £12
Both of these bikini options are great for those with a small to medium bust as the detail in the twist or the chevron print create the illusion of volume and therefore the illusion of a bigger bust. Next also do great options in bikini bottoms, these are higher on the tummy and wider on the hip thus giving more coverage.
New Look Striped Maxi £17.99
Style any one of these pieces with this chic maxi from New Look, teamed with the Accessorize swimsuit you can carry through the detail on the back of the suit. Wear it on an evening first as a fabulous ‘out to dinner’ look then relegate it to the beach, one piece, two purposes, saves suitcase space!
Another cover up worthy of the bar is this Navy and Lace piece from Debenhams Janet Reger collection. Best suited to ladies with curves and an ample bust, the v neck minimises the bust and the draw string brings the fabric in at your waist complimenting and enhancing the narrowest part of your body.
Boux Avenue Bikini top £28 and briefs £15 and Bottoms £18
Graphic stripes are a big summer trend, I love the option of choosing different style briefs with Boux Avenue too and their size range is all encompassing from an 8-18. If you prefer a higher waist to flatten your tummy these bottoms are great as the vertical stripe will also slim down the hips otherwise maximise your tan with the cute tie side bottoms.
Debenhams Matthew Williamson Kaftan £38
Marks & Spencer Jungle Swimsuit £35 *Not available online
The large tropical prints are a great option should you wish to look slimmer, big bold prints give the illusion that those wearing it are smaller than they actually are. The high cut leg is also great at minimising the hip and thigh area and creates the illusion of longer legs. Style with a big straw beach bag and you’re good to go.
Primark Crochet Playsuit £7
If you’re a fan of your legs and want to ensure they get lovely and golden then this lace playsuit is right up your street, and when you can style it with a bikini which gives you two looks and all for £28 it’s an utter bargain! The boho detail on the bikini creates volume, the balconette style will give support and boost your assets and the triangle halter neck style is great for minimising broad shoulders.