Which swimwear trend suits YOUR body shape?

Summer is here and that means one thing - the dreaded swimwear dilemma. Whether you’re totally body confident or working on it, there IS a swimsuit or bikini out there that’ll fit and flatter your shape, we promise! And the great thing about THIS summer? The high street is awash with some amazing new swimwear trends, from festival chic to sportsluxe. So, to help you decide which SS16 swimwear trend will suit YOUR shape, we spoke to curve confidence experts Simply Be and celebrity stylist Alex Longmore to get their advice and top tips.

Which swimwear trend suits YOUR body shape?

Summer is here and that means one thing - the dreaded swimwear dilemma. Whether you’re totally body confident or working on it, there IS a swimsuit or bikini out there that’ll fit and flatter your shape, we promise! And the great thing about THIS summer? The high street is awash with some amazing new swimwear trends, from festival chic to sportsluxe. So, to help you decide which SS16 swimwear trend will suit YOUR shape, we spoke to curve confidence experts Simply Be and celebrity stylist Alex Longmore to get their advice and top tips.

 

If your shape is….Pear

Lucky thing! You curvaceous beauties will look ravishing in this season’s retro styles. Think halter-neck tops, peplum waists and glamorous Bridget Bardot-inspired off-the-shoulder tops. Swimwear buyer at Simply Be, Carrie Wilson, says, “Ruched or ruffled tops will draw attention upwards on a pear shape and a high-waisted brief will accentuate a small waist and curvy bum.” We love Simply Be’s flattering AND on-trend gingham print bikini.

 

If your shape is….Athletic

If you’re athletic and want to stay on the move this summer, you need swimwear that can keep up. Alex says, “The sportsluxe trend (think neoprene fabrics and surfer-inspired styles) is my favourite of the season. Not only cool-looking, its clean lines and block colouring are mega flattering - take inspiration from Gigi Hadid in the glam Seafolly campaign.” And for some summer #fitspiration, Australian blogger Natasha Oakley can’t be beaten - those abs!

 

If your shape is….Hourglass

Carrie says, “Figure-flattering one-piece swimsuits have long been the advised option for shapely hourglass figures, but this year, style has finally caught up with substance! Swimwear with cut-out and V detailing around the torso will accentuate the smallest part of the body and will help show off that amazing silhouette!” We think Topshop nail the look with their subtly sexy black cut-out halter-neck swimsuit.

 

If your shape is….Apple

Carrie says,“Swimwear with halter-neck straps always make broad shoulders appear smaller, which helps balance out apple shapes.” We think this summer’s festival-inspired swimwear has some of the most flattering styles for apple shapes. Alex advises, “This trend works best when worn a little eccentrically, so why not mix and match a bikini? Opt for a classic flattering halter-neck top and mix with a crochet or printed bottom and fringed shawl or kaftan tied around the waist.”

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