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How to Get the Perfect Fit for Swimwear

We want you to be confident and comfortable so that’s why we’ve built the perfect guide to swimwear that fits you properly.

Belle Lingerie20 August 2020

 swimwear perfect fit


The key to the beach “bod” is the perfect fit! Whether you’re strutting around the pool or just messing around in the garden, have the confidence to show off your beautiful body. At Belle Lingerie, we have a huge of collection of gorgeous swimwear to get heads turning at the beach. We hand-pick all our brands and collections to bring you the best of swimwear, from Curvy Kate, Speedo, Anita Swimwear to Fantasie and so many more. Browse through our full collection on Belle Lingerie or check out our top picks to fit you perfectly here.

From the bikini digging in while you’re lying in the sun or jumping in the pool and the swimwear slipping right off – we don’t know what’s worse! We want you to be confident and comfortable so that’s why we’ve built the perfect guide to swimwear that fits you properly. Great fitting swimwear will not only be flattering but will have you running in slow motion down the beach and filling up your Instagram grid looking flawless.


Make A Statement With The Small Details

Clever small features will take any regular fitting swimwear to become the ultimate favourite.

Adjustable straps are a must-have for that truly personalised fit. The more adjustable options a bikini comes with, the better. Having the option will let you change it continuously to suit your body shape. You can have your bikini as tight or as loose as you want. One of our favourites for this is the Freya Modern Mystic High Apex Bikini Top as not only does it have adjustable straps you can also cross the straps over if you want a different style.

Ruching can not only hide many sins but show off your best features. It’s that extra flare every girl needs. The Ruching can be at many points of the bikini for different reasons. For example, it could be at the side of a Tankini (like the Pour Moi Cote D’Azur Halterneck Tankini Top), this will give the personalisation you want, whether you want to reveal some skin or not, it will also cleverly define your waist. Or it could be across your bust, down the side of your bottoms or across your tummy. Think of ruching like a minimiser to the eyes!

Padding is a great friend to our smaller ladies as it will give you the desired fuller shape. Many of our swimwear is padded and in a variety of styles so there is plenty to choose, from full cup to plunge. And to curvier ladies, don’t hesitate to buy a padded bikini because trust us when we say it can be your best friend when you jump into cold water! Our favourite padded bikini at the moment that will suit many ladies is the Freya Gatsby Sweetheart Padded Bikini Top.

Bandeaus with straps give you options and are flexible to perfectly fit many of our women. Bandeau Bikini tops are an adorable bikini style, loved by many, but we understand that a lot of our curvier ladies can be put off. If you are put off by a bandeau in case of spillage or full-on falling out, don’t panic, as many of our strapless items come with straps! One of our top picks is the Panache Anya Bandeau Bikini Top. This bikini top comes in a beautiful vibrant pattern and comes with straps!

Finally, the cute little detail for everyone is the bow on top… no, literally a Bow. The little bow features on many of our bikinis and although it just looks fabulous it can also be handy. A bow can draw attention to your best asset! It can also add to your smaller features so if you want to add something extra, the bow is a textbook addition. The Freya Beach Hut high Apex Bikini Top has the perfect little bow add to your beachwear look.


Go With Separates

Every body is unique and beautiful and we know that often our bottom is a completely different size to our top half so that’s why to find the perfect fit we would recommend buying separates. Buying your bikini set separately will stop you from that sizing disappointment and gives you the chance of finding the flawless fit.

Many ranges in Belle Lingerie’s swimwear collection have an array of matching items so you’ll have plenty to choose from and get the perfect fit and style for your figure. For example, if you love Fantasie Fiji Twist Bandeau Bikini Top you can not only choose from the Classic Twist Bikini Brief, Classic Tie Side Bikini Brief and Deep Gathered Bikini; you could also get the Gathered Full Cup Bikini Top or the Underwired Tankini Top.

Although we would never want to discourage buying that statement swimwear swimsuit! If you are prepared to hunt for the perfect swimsuit you could get a fashionable item for your swimwear collection.


Easy As ABC

It’s so tempting to go to for the high-street styles and price tags but we highly recommend buying swimwear that’s measured in the cup. Whether you’re an A cup or a K cup you can get perfectly fitting swimwear just like your normal lingerie. Having a cup size won’t only forsake the style, it will also boost your comfort and fit. There’s nothing better looking than having the right fit!

So, for our ladies who are used to buying in dress sizes, here’s our quick sizing guide:

28 back size would be about UK size 8

30 back size would be about UK size 10

32 back size would be about UK size 12

34 back size would be about UK size 14

And so on…

But remember there is no strict rule when it comes to sizes as there are so many gorgeous styles and collections. It is always worth trying, trying and trying again to find the perfect fit.


Get The Right Bottoms

Not sure about the matching bottom, why not select from another range? There’s no harm in making your own personalised, scrumptious combination! Most of Belle Lingerie’s swimwear comes as separates so we highly recommend to mix and match so you can get the spot-on fit. When it comes to the perfect fit of your brief or shorts, we understand it’s such a personal choice especially since we would argue that every kind of bottom suits every beautiful body! However, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

High-waisted bikini briefs are the ultimate tummy cover-up. When you’ve just munched down on a big meal or you’re just not feeling self-confident today, these are the briefs for you. The briefs will smooth out and enhance your curves to show off your feminine figure. We highly recommend high-waisted bikinis for our ladies who feel their waist to hip ratio isn’t big enough as they make more of a feature of your shape especially if you go for patterns and bright colours. Lastly, our retro-loving ladies, the high-waisted briefs very much have a 50s pin-up girl vibe to suit your style. Our hottest high waist bikini is Curvy Kate Sheer Class High Waist Bikini Brief. This elegant brief comes in Black, Cobalt (blue) and Red – from only £13.00.

High-cut bikini bottoms are a popular style for our sun-bathers as you can achieve minimal coverage and very little tan lines. The briefs will streamline your silhouette and elongate your legs to show off by any poolside. Due to the minimal coverage, it is perfect for our rounder bottoms, flaunt it! Commonly high-cut bikini briefs come with tie-sides which is not only a cute little detail but gives you further exposure and helps with that perfect fit. Our high cut bikini choice – Fantasie Anguilla Classie Tie Side Bikini Brief. This floral, feminine, bikini brief comes in two gorgeous patterns, Saffron and Sunset.

Hipster bikini briefs are typically your classic bikini style. These bottoms are your middle ground, the bikini briefs can give you good coverage without being high waisted. They are impeccable for tanning but also having a sense of security when you jump into the refreshing water. For our smaller ladies, this is the textbook pick especially with added touches and fun patterns, which will give you a fuller look. Funkita’s wide range of Sports Bikini briefs comes in some wild and unique patterns – take a look.


Clever Coverup

Even with the perfect fitting swimwear we understand not being 100% confident about walking away from the water in just swimwear; slip on a cover-up over your swimsuit or bikini to bring back the sexy assurance. No matter the location cover-ups are perfect for that boost of confidence to throw on while nipping to the bar or to the corner shop. Airy and loose-fitting maxi dresses or wrap dresses will be an amazing addition to your swimwear outfit.

They may be called a cover-up, but these are textbook for framing your beachwear perfectly, whether that’s a Kaftan to have your gorgeous swimwear peeking through the front or the perfect Sarong to match your bikini top.

Our current must-have Cover-up would be this stunning Freya Sundance Cross Over Dress. The dress comes in California Gold, Blue Moon and Burnt Amber; all coming in a gorgeous sheer fabric so you can show off your amazing fitting swimwear.


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