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The Ideal Swimwear for Your Shape

27 February 2013

Women come in all shapes and sizes. However, in the past, swimwear ranges didn’t always reflect this! Women who wore larger cup sized bras were resigned to wear unflattering and unsupportive swimwear in the clothes size, rather than bra size. Nowadays, thanks to Belle Lingerie, you can wear swimwear designed to support and enhance your breasts. They have a huge selection of cup sized swimwear from brands like Freya and Panache designed to give you confidence when you need it most.

Even in a well-fitting swimsuit, it’s common for women to feel less than confident on the beach or at the pool. Your confidence can be increased greatly if you choose swimwear to flatter your body shape, even if you don’t quite feel bikini ready! Here are some tips:

Apple Shaped

Women who are apple shaped are generally larger around the middle with slim shoulders and toned legs. If you’re this shape, you should wear a swimsuit or bikini that shows off your best parts. A tankini or swimming costume will enhance your shoulder and legs while disguising your stomach. Patterns and dark colours are also great at disguising a less than toned stomach. The Veronica swimsuit from Panache swimwear is ideal. Its underwired cups provide great support for the bust and it has ruching at the stomach to flatter your shape.

Pear Shaped

Pear shaped women carry their weight around their hips and bottom. If this is you, you should wear a swimming costume that shows off your top half. Bikinis are ideal, and halter tops are a great way to show off toned shoulders and arms. Choose separate bottoms that fit your stomach and hips perfectly. The Freya Pier Latino bikini brief is styled with ruffles designed to disguise wider hips. Pear shaped women may also prefer to wear short style bikini bottoms that provide some coverage of the thighs. Also, don’t be afraid to wear tops and bottoms that don’t match. A patterned bikini top will draw attention to your best half, while dark, solid coloured bottoms will disguise your wider hips.


Women who are hourglass shaped have a larger bust and hips and a small waist. If this is you, you’re lucky! Almost any swimwear will look great on you! Bikinis will show off your wonderful curves perfectly. Swimsuits, particularly belted styles, also look great. Choose a bikini top that will support and enhance your bust, like the Freya Fusion plunge bikini top. Avoid wearing bikini bottoms that don’t match your top as they could make your body look disproportionate.


No matter what shape you are, you should wear a one-piece swimsuit for sports. It should provide good coverage and have straps that won’t cut into your shoulders when swimming. Avoid wearing costumes that have parts that could come undone. Freya Active has a range of swimsuits designed for sports. They come in cup sizes to provide support for the bust and have comfortable racer back straps.
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