How to choose flattering swimwear

Whether it's a vacation, staycation or the local splash pool, flattering swimwear is a must!

Work with your body shape to accentuate your assets and draw the eye away from any part of your figure that concerns you. 

Center your thoughts on what would make you feel most confident because you really can influence the eye. 

When you're baring, or nearly, baring all disregard what's supposed to be in fashion and concentrate on finding a look that makes you feel comfortable and look fabulous!

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Flattering swimwear should be top of your list

Whether you'll be lucky enough to holiday this year, sharing a pool with friends or just your local facility (when it's open), always ensure that your swimwear flatters your figure. Once you feel confident with your look you can relax and enjoy!

Fun and fashion can follow as you dress up your swimwear with a pretty coverup and fabulous accessories.

Wherever you are...

In the US, take a look at Nordstroms who usually have a wide range of eye-catching swimwear and coverups to take you from beach to bar. They also ship to many overseas countries. 

A fuller figure? then you can't beat their wide selection of Miraclesuits. The motto is '10 lbs lighter in 10 seconds' - sounds good to me.

Whatever you choose don't forget to choose a maxi dress, sarong or wide legged pants so you can sashay elegantly after your dip!

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The main things to consider

  • Identify the parts of your figure you're happy with and those you'd like to minimize
  • Knowing what you're looking for saves a mammoth trying-on session
  • A good bustline is youthful; good support to minimize; pre-formed cups to enhance.
  • Check that your flattering swimwear stays put when you're playing with the kids 
  • Bright/light colors accentuate; plain/darker colors will help you to look slimmer 
  • Is your swimsuit going to get wet? Choose practicality or glamor  
  • An attractive all-in-one is sexier and more elegant than a less-than-perfect 2-piece
  • View yourself from all angles - happy with how you look, go for it!
  • A pretty coverup always gives confidence - beach to bar!

Flattering swimwear for every figure

In the UK? I always like the swimsuits with tummy control from Marks & Spencer.

Alternatively, this year I'm very impression with the flattering swimwear range at House of Fraser  (all photos below) - many at greatly reduced prices.

Small Bust / Pear shape

Draw attention to the top of your body.

Accentuate the bustline with pre-shaped or padded cups and wide apart shoulder straps to create a pretty cleavage. If you need additional padding choose under-wired.

Tummy control will help to control your hips/tummy.  

If your top and bottom are different sizes then a tankini gives the same kind of flexibility as a bikini but with more coverage. Choose light/bright colors at the top and perhaps a deeper pant to slim your hips.  

Avoid halter necks which will narrow your shoulder line and accentuate your hips.

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Midriff bulge / Muffin top

A swimsuit with detachable straps is usually cut much higher at the back which controls any back fat and completely eliminate a muffin top.

The centre panel in this one-piece creates a slimming optical illusion.

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Straight body with little waist definition

Add some feminine curves and softness to a straight figure - rounded patterns and prints mould the figure and accentuate shape.

This swimsuit adds shape and enhances the bust area and the waist is gently sculpted. 

You're likely to have very good legs, show them off with a high leg line.

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Broad Shoulders

Broad shoulders, good legs and an athletic looking figure - perfect for showing off in a swimsuit.

Choose wider and widely spaced shoulder straps to balance the figure.

Avoid halter necks which will accentuate the shoulders.

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We all envy you ... You have the beach figure we all want.

Create a WOW with a show-stopper!

The well shaped cups and lace detail on this striking swimsuit adds texture and curves. 

You might also add inches with a bright print, or the addition of frills and ruffles. 

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Support a Large Bust

A heavy bust doesn't always go with a full figure but needs good support. Choose a swimsuit that comes in cup sizes just like choosing a bra - this one goes up to 40F.

This pretty printed swimsuit is specifically designed with a fuller cup and wider shoulder straps for comfort and confidence.

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Full figure

This pretty design boasts full tummy control and side ruching for complete figure control.

Wide bardot straps create a wide neckline which slims and trims the figure

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Long body

Find swimsuits too short in the body? Then a tankini as mentioned above is the perfect comfortable solution.

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