If you want to be a knockout on the beach this summer choose swimwear that flatters your figure. Georgina Heffernan recommends top buys for every body shape.
Q. I’m going on holiday with my new boyfriend and although I’m very excited at the prospect of escaping the wet Irish summer - I am worried about one thing - my swimsuit. I’m a size 14 and pear shaped. What style will make the most of my curves?
A. No matter what shape you are, you can still look incredible in this season's swimwear. The trend is glamorous and dramatic and it's all in the details, from the prints to the fit. One shoulder bikinis and retro styles are hot news, as are cutaway swimsuits, pastel shades, underwire bikini tops and one-piece swimsuits - so even if you don't have a bikini body, you'll still look glamorous.
A lower cut thigh will show off a retro look in a modern, glamorous way. Vintage prints and washed out colours like faded midnight and lemon are popular and you can accessorise with a scarf, hat, and sarong and embellished sandals.... Still not sure what style will suit you best? Check out my guide to looking fabulous on the beach – whatever your shape.
YOU'RE A PEAR SHAPE
If, like Jennifer Lopez, you have a pear-shaped figure, the trick is to opt for swimwear with bold prints on the top half and solid colours on the bottom. This will draw eyes up and away from your hips and bum. Look for swimwear cut high on the hip to lengthen your legs.
YOU ARE VOLUPTUOUS
If your figure is womanly, you want a swimsuit fabric that isn't flimsy, but has the control and support to help pull in your tummy and rear. Wraps, side-shirring, or draping can help you look sleek and trim without losing sight of your curviness.
YOU HAVE A BOYISH FRAME
Supermodel Kate Moss always looks great but a slender figure can lack curves. Go for gel-filled or underwired, padded tops. Bikini tops with ruffles and prints and a halter neck will give an illusion of a fuller bust. Ruffles, embroidery, belts, and bows. Extra fabric means extra inches and curves.
YOU HAVE A BIG BUST
Kelly Brook's blessed with an ample bust, but finding bikinis to fit top and bottom half perfectly can be hard. Many stores sell bras and briefs separately so you can buy in different sizes. Find larger cup sizes at Marisota. Choose an underwired top with wide straps.
YOU HAVE A MUMMY TUMMY
If you've recently had a baby, like Beyonce, and still have a bit of wobble, opt for a one-piece or tankini that covers your tum. Many swimsuits are made from control fabrics that flatten and shape, giving you a smooth silhouette.
A long-waisted figure, like Demi Moore, is one of the hardest to fit. The solution: suits cut with extra length in the torso so you don't have to constantly tug the bottom down. You no longer have to guess which ones have elongated measurements: Just look for hangtags marked LONG.