The best way to look fabulous on your summer vacation is finding the perfect figure-flattering swimsuit that works for you. Take a look at our fashion editor’s top 10 figure-flattering and slimming secrets to help you look your best this summer.
1. Tummy Control
No, we’re not talking about those tummy tuckers you wear under your evening gowns. There are swimsuits available that are made to hide away your tummy and create a smoother finish.
Top tip: The best swimsuits that support the tummy have a ruched effect at the front or on the sides.
2. Hip Enhancing
If you have smaller hips but would like a boost in that department, find a swimsuit that has tie-up detail or frills on the sides. This look adds extra design detail and instantly flatters your hip area.
3. Conceal and Reveal
Wearing a swimsuit can be a little daunting. If you prefer concealing certain areas, make sure you find a swimsuit with padding. This flatters your figure while keeping you from exposing any unwanted bumps.
4. More Coverage
Everyone has different tastes and preferences. Some women like bikinis while others prefer a full swimsuit. If you’re looking for something with a little extra fabric, I would suggest a tankini or a swim dress. Both have all the properties of a swimsuit, just with a longer hemline.
5. Small Bust
Don’t shy away from a swimsuit just because you think your body isn’t great. The easiest problem-area to tackle is a smaller bust. Simply find a swimsuit with extra padding or a push up wire design which will instantly uplift your bust and leave you feeling confident.
A tropical print swimsuit will hide any lumps and immediately draw attention away from any other problem areas you might have.
7. Short and Sweet
If you have a short torso, you need to choose the right pattern to create a figure-flattering shape. Horizontal or diagonal stripes instantly elongate your figure, creating the illusion of a longer body.
8. Waist Details
Getting the “perfect” body isn’t all that easy but luckily we have ways to cheat it. Create a waist line by finding a swimsuit with a belt or some sort of waist detail. This will instantly highlight your waist while cinching it by centimetres!
9. Big Bust
If you have a big bust swimsuits can make your body feel a bit frumpy. The trick is to find a swimsuit with extra support over your bust area. This will help you to feel comfortable without worrying about your swimsuit malfunctioning! Underwired swimsuits are my best bet.
10. Cute Cover-ups
Beach kaftans not only look pretty, figure-flattering and feminine – they also keep you covered. My favourite cover-ups either have a sheer fabric or floral printed details.
By Fashion Editor, Tiamara Naidoo