Ladies Swimwear Guide for all shapes and sizes

Summer 2016 is officially here and whether you’re praying for a hot July and August in the UK or have an exotic holiday booked, you’ll most likely be shopping for a new swimsuit now or in the coming weeks. Now as a woman myself, I appreciate that us ladies come in all different shapes and sizes, and we’re not all lucky enough to pull off some of the bikinis we see on supermodels.

Gisele bikini

My point exactly.

So to help you pick out a new cossie that flatters your fabulous figure, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite styles of the season and divided them up so you can choose a style that accentuates your best bits and disguises your problem areas.

“I want to cover my thighs”

If you want to cover up your thighs then opt for swimwear with a bit more fabric on the bottom half. A little skirt will draw attention away from your thighs, and high-waisted styles are perfect for elongating the legs.
These are the kinds of cuts you want to be shopping for:
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Here’s my top pick out of all the thigh disguising swimwear in the fashion world right now: Floozie by Frost French Multi-coloured floral print skirt bikini bottoms, Debenhams, £20
Swimwear for thighs - Debenhams
You may be able to save more if you order online with this Debenhams Discount Code.

“I need support for my big bust”

Busty girls need support from their swimsuit, so choose a bra shaped bikini top with underwired cups and thick straps to keep everything in place. I love these kind of cuts as they’re supportive without looking like underwear:

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I’m a little in love with this bikini as its built for big boobs but as stylish and on-trend as all the other smaller, supermodel-esq styles. Snap this up while you can: Fuller Bust Exclusive Fishnet Halter Plunge Bikini Top DD-G, ASOS, £22.00
Swimwear for Full Bust - ASOS

“I need something to flatter my small bust”

As a small busted gal I know that it is tempting to go for a swimsuit with inches of padding. But actually, ruffles, embellishments and bold prints can be just as effective at creating the illusion of curves. Colour blocking with white bikini tops will also flatter the chest area.
Opt for these kinds of styles:
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I’m a big fan of this New Look number: Black Tropical Print Flounce Bikini, New Look, Top £14.99, Bottoms £7.99
Small Bust - New Look bikini
Plus, you can pick up a New Look Discount Code and get money off your online orders.

“Can you help me find swimwear that disguises my tummy?”

Tummies can easily be covered with some clever rouching or a peplum swimsuit, and lots of swimming costumes have built-in control panels if you’re really self conscious. High-waisted bikini briefs are still in style AND hold everything in – double bonus points. Add a plunging neckline for a cheeky distraction from the problem area!
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We’ve spied another affordable and fashionable result from New Look: Tropical Print High Waist Bikini, Bottoms £12.99, Top from £12.99
New look high waisted swimwear
Opt for this more covered up but high-fashion ASOS Scuba Peplum Swimsuit, £35
ASOS swimwear

“How can I minimise my big booty?”

Resist all temptation to try and cover up a large bum in a pair of boy shorts because I guarantee this will only make your booty look bigger. Stick to dark colours and choose a pair of bikini briefs that are cut high and showing a bit of cheek to minimise the appearance of your derriere. Just like these:
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You can’t go wrong with these Black Premium High Leg Bikini Briefs from Next, £18
Booty shape swimwear - Next

“I want to contain my curves and feel confident”

Plus size ladies! Make the most of your curves and embrace your shape! If you want to find something flattering to give you ultimate beach confidence, choose swimsuits with dark side panels to slim your silhouette, or perhaps try a swimdress? They’re everywhere at the moment. This is the kind of curvaceous swimwear we love:
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Black swimsuits are super classy. My fave of all the curvy cossies has got to be this Dotty Trim Underwired Swimsuit from Curvissa, £34.99
Curvy - Curvissa

“I’m looking to shorten my long torso”

Cut out swimsuits are just perfect for long torsos since they break up the body and emphasise the curve of your waist. Other ideas include high cut bikini bottoms and extra embellishment to make the most of your midsection, just like these fab swimsuits do:
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Long torso - ASOS swimwear

“I’m looking to lengthen my short torso”

Short bodies can easily be lengthened with the right shaped two-piece. The formula is simple – choose low rise bikini bottoms and a halter neck top to make your torso appear elongated.
swimwear summer style
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This is an absolute steal and you need to move QUICK! Pick up this Blue Tie Dye Stripe Caged High Neck Bikini Top from New Look – now just £7. That’s half price!!

Short torso - New Look sale

“Help me minimise my broad shoulders!”

Minimise broad shoulders by investing in an asymmetrical neckline or a halter neck- the eye will be drawn down the torso rather than across the upper body, like this:
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Pick up this Cut Out Stripe Swimsuit Monochrome from Missguided for just £25
missguided swimwear
And check out these Missguided Discount Codes for extra savings.
What swimwear will you be wearing this summer?

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  1. anderson smith

    3 years ago

    Its helpful article for different size of bikinis women. It is also worked for me. Thanks for the article.

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