Choosing Swimwear For Women

Choosing swimwear can be tricky if you’re not sure what suits your shape, or you feel self-conscious. By going swimming you’ll be toning and shaping your body, so be confident and don’t worry, no one is looking!

Short torso

If your body is short in proportion to your legs, you will want a swimsuit that gives the impression of litheness. Try a bikini with a halter-top to emphasize the bust and shoulders. Pair this with bikini bottoms that sit low on the hips.

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To give the impression of long legs, try a one-piece swimsuit or bikini with high-cut legs. High-cut legs shorten the torso and lengthen the legs.

Pear shape

To flatter a pear shape, try pairing a patterned and eye-catching bikini or tankini top with subdued bottoms in a dark colour. This type of swimsuit will draw attention upwards, away from your hips and thighs.

Large bust

If you have a large bust then choose swimwear with inbuilt bra-style support. Look for a straight-across cut at the top of your swimsuit with wide set straps to minimise your bust. You can buy swimming costumes, tankinis and bikini tops with underwire for extra support.

Small bust

To add curves and subtle cleavage to a small bust, look for a bikini top with triangle-shaped cups and a tie front. These features will add shape and the appearance of size to your bust.

Plus size

To accentuate curves, look for a fitted swimsuit with a defined waist and a high percentage of Lycra/spandex. A high-cut leg will also slim your legs and hips.

In general, a swimsuit in a darker colour will have an overall minimising effect. Black, deep reds and blues work well and are classic so won’t go out of fashion.

Flabby stomach

Some swimwear for women such as bikinis can totally expose a jiggly belly, so opt for a loose tankini. Make sure any one piece costumes are the right size (not too small) or this will emphasise your stomach. The Shape Up and Tone Swimfit programme will help you to reduce fat stored around the stomach.

Boyish body

Try push-up cups and twisted bandeaux to enhance your cleavage. Buy control fabrics, ruching and draping to create a waist. Wear boy shorts and low-leg briefs to add curves to your hips.