Summertime in Perth means hitting the beach! Most of us can’t wait to feel the sun, sand and cool water on our skin. But equally, it can be daunting to think about baring all, especially after Christmas!
Nevertheless, we believe that every body is a beach-ready body – the key to looking great on the beach is to know how to make the most of your assets.
If you need some help, identify your body shape from the list below. From there, you can opt for swimwear that emphasises your finest points while gracefully understating the parts that you might not feel so confident about.
An Athletic Shape
Broad shoulders, narrow hips and muscular legs mean that you have an athletic shape. You can emphasise a toned lower half with bikini bottoms that have fancy ties or details at the hip and a tapered back across the bottom. This type of style will draw attention to your strengths. Padded cups or cups with gathering or frills, a halter neck with ruching, or other unusual neck lines can disguise a smaller chest. And don't be afraid of bright or girly prints and designs – something like our Baku Polynesia High Neck Top paired with black bikini bottoms with cute side ties.
A Straight Up and Down Figure
When your waist and hip measurements are similar, you may feel self-conscious that you have no obvious waist or curves. Avoid bandeau tops that will squash a small chest even flatter, and instead enhance your chest and bottom with swimwear that has ruffles and gathering. Show off your figure in a string bikini with loud, playful patterns to give you boobs and hips, or go for a one-piece with ruching along the bust and block detail at the hips to fake curves like this Baku Chevron Pop Maillot One Piece.
This means that you are a little wider on the bottom than the top, like a pear. Full coverage black briefs, hipsters, or boy shorts will disguise larger hips and thighs. Draw the eye upwards with an eye catching patterned top like this Heaven Diamond Python V-Front Bandeau Top.
Choose a swimsuit that will support your chest with underwiring. One-piece swimsuits with built-in shapewear in the bust are also a good choice, but even better is a 3 piece swimsuit – a unique style of swimwear created by us!
Most swimsuits do not provide adequate bust support for cups larger than a D. We simply separate the underwire bra from the top so that you can choose the exact cup size from DD-G cup sizes – allowing you greater support and versatility where you can choose the bottoms, bra and swim top shape you prefer.
Apple shaped ladies need to create curves in the mid-section. Bikini bottoms paired with an empire waistline swim top with, flowing from just under the bust, is a great choice, like our swing tankini.
Other ‘Problem Areas’
Most people have a particular area they consider they ‘least best asset’!
If it’s your tummy a stylish one-piece with ruching and inbuilt shape support can disguise any tummy bulges you may not want to be visible.
Fuller pants or our gorgeous swim wrap skirt can help to disguise a larger derriere.
Some other tips include:
- A horizontally striped bikini will make the bit of tummy that shows look slimmer
- Diagonal stripes on a swimsuit make a waist look smaller
- If you have a short body, a slinky two-piece or a zigzag pattern will elongate your torso.
- If you are conscious of a long body, a one-piece can make your torso appear more compact
- Emphasise cleavage with a deep v-neck
We believe everyone should feel fantastic and confident on the beach. For days when you are not so confident, pack a kaftan, sarong, wrap skirt, beach dress or sundress in your beach bag. But there really is no need to worry. Pop on a pair of sunglasses and a floppy hat, open up your favourite book, and sit back and relax - you are beautiful!