Swimwear 101

Make a splash with plenty of dash in your perfect, practically made-to-measure swimming costume. Our expert guide will help you find your perfect style.

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Pick a style that draws attention to your upper body. A great look for you is a mix and match tankini combination - print on top, and plains bottoms.

Go for bottoms with good coverage, but avoid boy shorts which create the impression of a wider surface area.

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Flattering a tummy is a breeze thanks to the clever fabrics and designers who understand a curvy woman's fashion needs. Comfort, control and style - yes, you can have it all. Look out swimwear made with 'powernet' - a special smoothing fabric that's comfortable and has plenty of stretch.

Also look for pieces designed with clever panelling in-built. Swimsuits with ruching along the midriff can help to concreal your tummy area, creating a smoother silhouette.

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Banish pre-beach angst forever with this season’s clever beachwear solutions. Look out for swimsuits made with your curves in mind.
Labels like Miraclesuit and Maxine of Hollywood, for example. Both have created gorgeous pieces that offer figure flattering solutions without that restrictive, ‘corseted’ feeling of old.

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You need a swimming costume that has support and is comfortable too. Look for underwires, structured cups, and suits with a shelf design and avoid skinny straps in favour of wide ones.
In terms of print and design, keep it simple as you don’t need the extra attention in this area. If you’re going for a two piece, try a block colour top and a contrast print bottoms (think mix and match) – the perfect figure balancing option.