The possibilities go beyond the sleek one-piece with body-slimming control to flatten your belly. London-based American designer Melissa Odabash recommends “a one-piece with ruching on the body,” which thins out the waist. Tiny prints create dimension, camouflaging troublesome spots. Diagonal lines in contrasting colours minimise size. Forget sucking it in, a black colour block on the bottom does the work for you. Draw attention upwards with a deep V-neck, one-shoulder maillot, halter neck or neckline embellishments. Cinching or an empire line on your one piece draws attention to the narrowest part of you giving you a foxy hourglass illusion. Bikinis aren’t off-limits; just choose a bottom with a fold-over waistband, so it won’t dig in.
Ladies, if your lower half is a little larger, then you are in the same league as most of the female population in this country. The Beach Company Fit Expert advises wearing “higher cut briefs to elongate the legs and dark colours to minimise the hip area. A tankini-style top with a square neck will draw the attention away from your hips.”
Trikinis with high openings show legs in the best light and are sexy, but the real draw is the alluring cutouts under the bust. Draw the eye up with molded cups or cleavage detailing.
Colour blocking is great slimming trick. By putting the slightly lighter colour above and the darker shade below, you will look teenier all over.
Whereas other girls might find their curves getting in the way, your straight frame makes you the perfect candidate for pieces that come with built-in va-va-voom.
Women with rectangular body type should focus on feminine cuts and details. Show off your toned lower half with embellishments at the hip. Pass on bandeaus, boy-cut briefs, and shapeless tanks; instead soften your chest area with padding, gathering, frills or a girlie print. Look for bikini tops with accessories; this draws attention to the middle of the cup. Beading and embellishment on the cup also work as the eye is drawn to the detailing rather than the body shape.
The main aim here is to keep your girls under control (while also giving them their moment in the limelight). Hence, look for supported bikini bras or maillots with under wiring. Halter and one-shoulder bikinis or maillots are good for support and help women with heavy busts feel comfortable. Ban any bounce with structured cups. Solid dark neutral coloured swimsuits or bikini tops with graphics or stripes minimise size. Ensure that the top is secured with a sturdy, three-pronged clasp.
Girls with smaller chests can get away with all manners of high-fashion necklines. While a padded bikini will make your breasts seem bigger, this need not always be your go-to option. Shivan & Narresh say, “Necklines like halter and triangular bikinis work the best as they provide an illusion of a heavy bust”. Frilly features around the bust area add some drama. Bright, attractive colours and accessories on your top half, such as beads, ruffles and buckles help accentuate your bustline.
You’ve got boobs and a butt and an itty-bitty waist—congrats! Let the world know what you’ve got by showing off all your assets in that perfect suit. Look for an underwire, balconette or halter style to enhance and support your chest. Opt for a swimsuit in an attractive solid colour or a small print that won’t distort your proportions. Accentuate your body shape by wearing tight-fitting swimwear.