Swimwear Guide: It’s Time To Shop Your Beach Shape

Find the BEST STYLE for YOUR SHAPE and get SET FOR SUMMER with our guide to the best swimwear …


Small chest: increase your bust

Frill Seeker


Invest in a top with embellishment, padding or ruffles to give the illusion of a larger chest.

Orange ruched bikini, €9.98, H&M. White frill swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez, €510; www.net-a-porter.com. Black frill-top dress, €830, Lisa Marie Fernandez. Raffia round tote, €206; stripe straw hat, €312; both Sophie Anderson at www.net-a-porter.com.


Big chest: downplay your assets

Mini Me


Avoid string bikinis. You need supportive bra-style tops. Look out for wider swimsuit straps.

Navy Atlantique half-cup bikini, Chantelle, €110, at Brown Thomas. Gingham swimsuit, Solid & Striped, €165; www.matchesfashion.com. Blue cotton dress, €105, at East. XL straw basket, €39.95, at Mango. Tan leather sandals, Ancient Greek, €210, at Brown Thomas.


Big bottom: rear reducers

Bottom Line

The-Gloss-Magazine-swimwear-bottom-lineTo avoid the Kardashian effect, give Brazilian and other skimpily-cut designs a wide berth. Instead, look for solid bottoms and printed tops – which will help balance your shape. Or, try a plunging neckline – it will divert attention to your top half.

Feliz string top, €95; black Gemini bottoms, €115; both www.toryburch.com. Black deep-plunge swimsuit, Rosie for Autograph, €75, at Marks & Spencer.


Flat bottom: give it a lift

Flat Liner

The-Gloss-Magazine-Swimwear-flat-linerOpt for bright bottoms or loud prints to distract. Side ties will also take attention off your rear. Showing a little cheek is preferable to full-coverage bottoms. Seriously!

Red string bikini, €42.80, at Accessorize. Geometric-print swimsuit, Katie Eary, €228; www.matchesfashion.com. Poppy embroidered linen dress, Vita Kin, €2375, at Brown Thomas. Straw hat, £55stg; www.figleaves.com; Rope sandals with pom poms, €57; www.bimbaylola.com.


Waist whittlers: rock your curves

In The Middle

The-Gloss-Magazine-swimwear-in-the-middleFight the bulge with retro high-waisted bottoms or one-pieces with a slimming front panel. Ensure fit is ample and extends above your belly button to prevent muffin-top.

Pink high-waist bikini, €42; www.mandco.com. Black Madero panelled swimsuit, Miraclesuit, €199, at Arnotts. Straw basket, €60; www.baalandtanit.com. Black visor, $42usd, www.seafolly.com.

Aislinn Coffey

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