Summer has arrived and it’s time to hit the beach in style! Check out our ultimate guide to find the perfect swimwear for various body types.
“The good news for Indians is that curvaceous bodies look beautiful in swimsuits.”
You know bikini season is upon us when celebrities are bombarding social media with their sultry swimwear selfies.
While it is very tempting to flash the flesh and strike a pose for a summer selfie, losing the layers can sometimes leave you feeling vulnerable and exposed.
That’s why we at DESIblitz have come up with the top do’s and don’ts to help you find the perfect swimsuit to show off your figure.
Whether you are slender or curvy, shopping for that perfect bikini has just got easier!
Pear Shape ~ full hips, thighs and bottom, smaller on top
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha flies the flag for this curvaceous figure, but it is one that is tricky to balance out the proportions.
Go for padded bikini tops to help level out smaller busts and shapely bottom.
One-pieces are a popular choice amongst Asian beach goers. Halter neck bikini tops and plunging necklines draw attention towards the breast area, creating the illusion of proportioned shoulders.
Steer clear of frilled or boxer type bikini bottoms , as this will only accentuate your lower half.
This piece clinches at the waist to complement your envious curves, whilst the daring neckline focuses all eyes on your cleavage.
Athlete ~ straight and toned
Slender-figured ladies should play around with styles that form the illusion of a fuller figure.
Opt for swimsuits with ruffles, embellishments or stripes as this will add intrigue to your shape with its patterns and textures.
Avoid wearing large, boxer type bikini bottoms. Instead, try smaller tie-side bikini bottoms to enhance your curves and draw attention to your hips and derrière.
This bikini top has padded support and an underwire to give a gentle boost for your breasts, whilst the stripe pattern and pleat trim are perfect for adding dimensions to your body.
Hourglass ~ full bust, round hips and petite waist
Hourglass figures are common among Asian women. Wearing colour block swimsuits cleverly highlight your shape and bring out your slim waist.
Retro high-waist bikinis do the trick, too. The bikini bottoms clinch in at your waist, elongate your legs and flatter your figure beautifully.
Be wary of drowning your shape in baggy, oversized swimwear. This will hide your waist and make you appear larger than you are.
The limited edition piece boasts your slim waist with its pastel coloured straps and provides a strong support for your full bust.
Apple ~ average to large bust, full mid-section and luscious legs
Showing off your legs and cleavage is a must for this figure. To slim down your upper body, tankinis are excellent at concealing untoned muffin tops and larger stomachs, and drawing attention to those lean legs.
Vertical prints elongate your shape and slim down your midriff.
Shirring swimsuits work miracles for apple shapes. The fabric gathers together to add definition to your waist by concealing any lumps and bumps.
Not only is this number cost efficient, it gives great support for fuller breasts. The stretching fabric is also ideal for those with rounder stomachs.
Ladies with this body shape should emphasise their bust and hips.
Opting for embellished bikini tops can flatter your breast by adding texture. Ruffles and fly-aways will accentuate your upper half and add that desired volume to your bust.
Smaller busts mean you can also maximise on bandeau bikini tops and tiny scoop tops with minimal coverage. However, if you want to create the illusion of curves, padded bikini is the way to go.
Incorporating the bandeau style with push-up padding, this bikini top ensures a favourable fit in its corset construction. Its floral rose print is totally in style for this season, too!
Sarongs and kaftans are ideal for those who want a quick cover-up. Accessorise with sunglasses and felt floppy hats to add that touch of class to your summer look.
High street stores such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Zara are great places to find cost-friendly swimwear. Online shops are also handy.
ASOS offers a plus-size swimwear section for those with killer curves.
Boohoo and Missguided are also popular favourites, with prices starting from just £6!
Regardless of your shape or size, feeling good in your skin is the most important part of any look. Indian swimwear designer, Narresh Kukreja comments:
“The good news for Indians is that curvaceous bodies look beautiful in swimsuits. But all we need to do is accept our curves the way they are and use them to highlight our femininity.”
Once you can embrace your body, finding a suitable swimsuit is simple. Understand what parts of your body should be maximised upon. But most importantly, feel comfortable in how you look.
It is time Asian women take pride in their bodies and feel sexy and fearless in your gorgeous swimsuits!
Images courtesy of ASOS, Forever 21, Jabong, New Look, Monsoon, H&M, Very, Victoria's Secret and River Island
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