Choosing the right swimwear for your body shape

No matter what your shape or size, choosing a bikini or swimming costume can be a nightmare. The fluorescent lights of fitting rooms aren't exactly the most flattering and there's nothing more depressing than trying on swim wear that just doesn't look quite 'right'.

I've put together some tips with the help of swimwear specialists Beach Cafe, to help you choose the right swim wear for your body shape.
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Being a pear myself (slimmer on top, heavier on the bottom), I've learnt a few tricks to help draw attention away from a slightly larger bum! Try styles with a plain bottom, but with an eye-catching top to help draw eyes upwards. Also, high rise bottoms can help to lengthen legs, and actually make a fuller bottom look a little bit smaller, so try styles with tie sides for maximum impact. Boy shorts are not your friend. Try this Knotted Pistachio Bikini.

Apples tend to store most of their weight in their middle section, with slimmer arms and legs. Make the most of these with a higher cut bottom to make them look super long. A retro 50s style bikini or a swimsuit with a sweetheart style neckline will both help to accentuate your waist, and there are also some great styles with in built sculpting panels if you're keen to shape the area more. Try this Indigo Goddess Swimsuit.

A boyish figure can wear pretty much any style, but if you're looking to help create some curves, try ruffles, frills or small prints as these will help draw the eye. Triangle bikinis and bandeau styles will look fab on you, and small details near the bust can help accentuate a cleavage. Try this Seafolly Empire Bandeau Bikini.

Bigger bust:
More and more brands are offering bra size bikinis and swimsuits which can help you make the most of your assets. Underwire is your friend here, so get fitted if you can - it's worth approaching a bikini/swimsuit in the same way you would a bra, so buying in store may work best for you. Try this Seafolly Harlow Swimsuit.

What type of style do you usually go for?

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