Which Swimsuit Is Best For My Body Shape?
No matter your size or shape, all bodies are beach bodies - you just need a little help in finding the right swimsuit to flatter your skin tone, complement your curves and provide a sexy silhouette. Finding the right swimsuit can be hard, especially if shopping for swimwear online is a foreign concept and high-street stores are paved with ill-fitting, ‘standard sizes’.
Here at Belle Lingerie, we recognise the struggle that many women face, and that’s why we offer over 600 different swimsuit styles to suit everyone! Finding the perfect swimsuit couldn’t be easier, especially when we’re right there beside you, guiding you in the right direction throughout this blog.
When it comes to swimsuits, there are 5 key areas to consider; skin tone, height, size, body ratio (whether you are top heavy or bottom heavy), and of course, personal preference with regards to prints and colours. To keep things nice and easy, we will work through this guide in a questions and answers format – just see which of the below is one of your own burning questions:
Which swimsuits are best for top heavy bodies?
Being top-heavy simply means that the way you were made dictates that your body ratio is uneven, with the top half of your body, notably the bust area, heavier than the lower half of your body. This doesn’t have to be a curse; it can certainly be a blessing with our fantastic swimsuit selection. If you’re top-heavy and in need of a supportive swimsuit that has your back when it comes to eliminating the possibility of a poolside, wardrobe-malfunction, then your best bet is to opt for brands that are renowned for crafting fuller-bust swimwear, such as Curvy Kate, Panache and Prima Donna.
Many of our Panache swimsuits are rated 5 stars by our customers, and that’s because they offer strong support where it is most needed, at an affordable price. With full coverage, and delicate ruching at the centre-bust, Anya Riva is the latest addition to Panache’s ever-so-elegant swimwear range. At just £54.00, and currently, part of our Buy 1, Get 1 For 20% Off multibuy offer, this balcony swimsuit comes with underwired cups that provide optimum anchorage, but are non-padded to ensure no additional and unnecessary volume is added to the bust. Adjustable, split straps ooze ‘je ne sais quoi’, whilst a plastic barrel clasp at the rear ensures support from all sides and boasts easy dressing and undressing. Anya Riva is an introverted, top-heavy woman’s dream, and sizes range from 30D all the way up to 40K!
If you’re willing to go the next step up and invest a little more in your swimwear, then the Prima Donna swimwear collection won’t let you down. Designed with larger cup sizes in mind, Prima Donna swimsuits are ideal for all ladies that want to be seen. The Prima Donna Swimwear range is comprised of both cup-sized and dress-sized swimwear, however, if you are top heavy and your bra size fits you well, we suggest sticking to your bra size, and opting for a cup-sized swimsuit to ensure your support needs are met. The Caribe Padded Swimsuit is just one of our Prima Donna favourites, and it’s currently on Special Offer for 40% off! In the Funky Vibe colourway, Caribe promises all eyes on you at the poolside, and features handy drawstrings at the sides if your bottom half is smaller than your top half, to reduce any bagginess. The Caribe swimsuit also offers optional, cross-back straps to ensure firm uplift for a heavy bust.
Which swimsuits are best for bottom heavy bodies?
If your body shape is bottom-heavy and you are blessed with larger hips, it is likely that you will need some control within your swimsuit to better balance your bottom half with your top half. Here are our top tips for choosing a swimsuit style if you are bottom-heavy:
· Opt for control – You should choose control swimsuits that have built-in ‘control’. This means that this style of swimsuit is specially crafted with an elasticated centre to smooth and slim the tummy area and enhance your shape.
· Go for black – If you’re not one to fuss over the colour of your swimsuit, then we highly recommend going for black swimsuits. Not only does black go with everything (think beachwear accessories and anything else you might be wearing), but it is an excellent colour for providing a visually slimming effect, even if there are no real features that create that benefit.
· Go for plunge cups – The best way to rebalance your shape is to show off more cleavage. By displaying more of your top half with plunge cups and slimming down your bottom half with ‘control’ fabric, you can quickly and easily fine-tune your shape.
If you have a particularly long and tall body and want to reap the benefits of swimsuit coverage, but can never seem to find one that suits your height, then why not opt for a tankini top and matching bikini briefs? You will still feel confident and comfortable, with excellent coverage, but will have more freedom to move within the garments.
Our favourite brand that provides the ultimate answer to your bottom-heavy swimsuit nightmares is Miraclesuit. As its tagline suggests, Miraclesuit provides the illusion of looking ‘ten pounds lighter in ten seconds'. This brand is a swimsuit brand that women across the globe swear by, and it’s all thanks to the LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ spandex composition.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to a Miraclesuit, but you still need a control swimsuit, just at a more affordable price point, then we suggest going for Pour Moi. At between £30-50, you can snap up a control swimsuit from our ‘Special Offers’ page. Pour Moi control swimsuits also tend to be more quirky and attention-commanding, whilst Miraclesuit swimsuits are better suited to those who prefer a low-key look.