Stepping out this summer

20 December 2013
Written by Trudi Bennett
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Oh summer how we love you, but oh how scary the prospect of fitting a swimsuit can be - never fear Trudi's here to help you choose the best fit for your body

Swimwear. Most women's complete nightmare. Don't worry ladies I’m here to give you some handy hints on buying the best for your shape as well as other tips to help you stay cool and comfortable on the beach this summer.

Let's start with the top half. If you are still keen on a bikini top, then assess two factors - first: your cup size, second: your shoulder width. If both or either are on the larger side then you need a lower cut top (bust) or wider straps (shoulders). This gives your upper body better proportion. For those who are not so well-endowed, always pick something with a little padding to help mother nature out just a little bit. 

If you feel your tummy is the area with which you struggle with most, then it's time for a Tankini (longer style bikini top) or one-piece togs with some side rouching. Tankini's are great if you have a larger chest as they cup under the bust then tend to fall over the tum. However if that isn't quite enough, then the all-in-one with side rouching is going to be best for you.

Right, now we have sorted the upper body, let's discuss the lower part. If you have hips, I find the 'boy-shorts' style is much more flattering than anything higher cut. Obviously the opposite applies. If you have a slimmer lower body than your top half, then a higher cut tog will work well to balance out your body and give you a more proportionate 'hourglass' figure.

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If the above paragraphs still fill you with horror, then fear not. The 'Beach Overtop" is hot property on the fashion front. This is usually a sheer fabric type top that keeps you cool, goes over your togs, covers arms and can be as long as your mid thigh, or even just above the knee. The best ones nip you in under the bust to give you that always essential waist. Many of them are patterned (nice and distracting to the eye) and some have a bit of sparkly bling on them.

All of the above can be applied to all body types so that you need not fear going to the beach with your family and friends over the Xmas break. We all have bodies worries, but please try not to let them stop you enjoying this special time. Have a safe and exciting Xmas and New Year, Stay colourful and see you all next year.



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