How to choose swimwear

So the holiday is booked, your passport is valid now all you have to do is find your swimwear. Sadly the diet didn’t quite get going and you aren’t looking forward to bearing your body on the beach or beside the pool. What you need are a few confidence tricks that will help you look and feel your best. I will be bringing you a post later this week on getting your body beach ready but in the meantime now is the time to start your swimwear search. Especially as there are so many great bargains around. Linea at House of Fraser have some lovely mix and match pieces to create your beachwear capsule wardrobe.

My first tip is to add some glamour – if you want to draw attention away from your figure add a few pieces that will grab attention such as:

  • A fabulous pair of sparkly flip flops
  • A large brimmed hat – to add an air of mystery
  • Dark glasses – ditto
  • A beautiful beach bag – you can always place this strategically in front of your tummy until you lie down!

And always have a great coverup, whether that be a sarong or kaftan, to wear when heading to the beach bar.

When looking for your swimwear here are my top tips for balancing out any figure flaws:

The well endowed

Always choose a swimsuit or bikini with support designed for the larger bust. Good make to look for are Fantasie and Freya who both do cup sized bikini tops and you can buy the tops and bottom separately to ensure a good fit.










Cup sized bikini from Fantasie reduced, bottoms now £18.40 and top £30.40
Polka dot bikini from Freya from £24.50

Small Bust

If you want to make a small bust look fuller, go for a padded bra top in a bright colour and make sure it fits well. Or give the illusion of greater width with a stripe.










Padded bikini top from Ted Baker now £28
Ted Baker Nautical stripe padded bikini top £45

Bigger Hips

Draw the attention upwards with frills or detailing at the bust, or a darker colour on your bottom half.











Animal trim swimsuit from Linea was £55 now £16.50
Champagne one shoulder swimsuit was £45 now £22.50

Tummy Disguise

If it’s your tummy you are worried about wear a one piece and again draw the eye up with bust detail or wear a swimsuit with ruching to conceal.











Mauritius swimsuit from Seaspray now £51.10
Linea Goddess Swimsuit now £44

Finally for those all important beach accessories:

Linea Stripe floppy hat now £12.50
Retro spot swimsuit by Linea now £22.50
Melissa sugar sandals now £15
Matching retro spot kaftan now £20
Embelished sandals by Steve Maddon was £65 now £39
Jute bag in yellow and red far right by East from House of Fraser £18
Floppy hat by Biba was £65 now £26
Animal print bandeau bikini top now £12 and briefs now £8.00
Linea Metallic tote now £10.50
Animal kaftan by Linea now £24
Floppy hat by Timney was £49 now £19.60
Tropical leaf print kaftan by Linea now £32
Tropical print tummy control swimsuit by Linea £36
Eliot sandals by French Connection now £15

Have you chosen your beachwear yet? Do you have any favourite brands that you always return to – I’d love to know.

Have a great holiday if you are escaping our ‘great British summer(!)’