We all come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you shine on the beach this summer by buying swimwear that flatters your body type.
Ruth Hurley, designer of new Aussie label RH Swimwear, has some tips on how to pick the best bikini for the four most common body shapes – pear (think Rhianna), apple (think Jennifer Hudson), hourglass (think Kim Kardashin) and rectangle (think Cameron Diaz).
Here are Ruth Hurely's suggestions:
Dressing for your body shape is all about creating a visual balance, toning down some areas whilst dialling up others. However, there's one swimwear rule that applies to almost all shapes: always buy bikini separates, don't settle for ill-fitting bottoms just because the top looks great, or vice versa. When buying separates experiment with mix and match options, as mixing prints and solid colours help draw attention to the right areas.
As a pear body shape you have a curvaceous bottom and a more petite upper body. As your hips tend to be wider than your shoulders styling this shape is all about drawing attention to your top half, whilst streamlining your bottom half.
Our style suggestion: Midnight floral tie top paired with taupe hipster bottoms
Why it works: The taupe bottoms play second fiddle to the printed halternack that accentuates the bust.
You're bigger on the top half of your body than the bottom half. You tend to have fuller breasts, a slim waist and lean legs but can keep extra weight on your stomach. To create balance, an apple needs to take emphasis away from the bust, shoulders and stomach and draw the eye to the bottom half of the body.
Our style suggestion: Abstract floral at dawn balconette paired with hot orange bottoms
Why it works: The balconette shape is supportive with underwired molded cups and straps that thicken at the shoulder, whilst the hot orange bottoms with tie sides draw your attention downwards, showing off your great legs.
You're the envy of the female world with a narrow waist and a well-proportioned top and bottom. As your figure is already balanced the main thing to remember is to wear supportive styles that will provide the coverage you need for your bust and bottom.
Our style suggestion: Abstract floral at dusk matching set
Why it works: The balconette top is supportive with underwired soft molded cups and thick straps, while the adjustable side bottoms sit beautifully on a curvy hip. The matching printed set in darker tones show off your assets without adding additional volume.
As a rectangle your body runs straight up and down, meaning your little curves struggle for the limelight. As such you want to add volume to both your top and bottom, as well as choosing bright, girly pieces.
Our style suggestion: Frilly triangle set in Lemon floral
Why it works: This beautiful summery print will give you a feminine look, whilst the frills on both the top and bottom will add extra volume creating the impression of a curvy torso.
All styles are available at rhswimwear.com.au, tops $45, bottoms $35.
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