I think its fair to say, getting into a swimsuit is for many of us, our worst nightmare. Baring our flesh, particularly after the comforts of winter clothing (and open fires, cheese and red wine!) can be a little daunting.
In recent years however, just as shapewear has taken over half the lingerie floor at Myer, so too have more options become available to us in the form of shaping swimwear.
The rise of the one-piece swimsuit has also been a welcome comeback. What better way to tuck in that post-baby tummy (or any tummy for that matter) than a one-piece!
There is an increasing range of shaping and smoothing swimwear across the board, from one piece to two-piece to the tankini. There really is something for every shape and size.
THE ONE PIECE
The one piece can really do it all. Smooth out any lumps and bumps in the midriff, elongate the torso and hold in the tummy. The trick that the one piece can pull off above all others is the support it provides through the middle.
Look for soft ruching and gathering across the stomach, particularly styles that cross the body diagonally. This is a great disguise for your natural lumps and bumps and really helps to accentuate or create a waistline.
THE TWO PIECE
The most important feature of any bikini for many of us is to provide support to the tummy and bust. Look for a high waisted bottom that will provide support, much like a one piece.
Depending on your bust size you’ll want a top that enhances, lifts or supports- or perhaps all three!
To enhance a small bust – look for padded cups or a high neck crop top
To lift a sagging bust – avoid strapless or bandeau styles
To support a big bust – choose an underwire with reasonably wide straps to lift the bust. A halter neck will provide more lift also.
Freya Venus E Cup Halter Neck (sold out)
Offering the best of both worlds (a two piece and tummy coverage) the tankini is a nice compromise. Narrow horizontal stripes are very slimming and you get all the beneficial elements of a one-piece – tummy support, smoothing and strategic ruching of fabric.
Final tips on swimwear:
- A higher cut brief elongates the leg line, making hips and thighs look smaller
- A halter neck is great for broadening narrow shoulders
- Patterns offer more camouflage than block colours