Bodyshape On the Beach

Summer is the time of year that women dread the most.  The thought of stripping off and bearing all on the beach is enough to cause you to sweat before you’ve even stepped out into the sun.  Most people have insecurities about their bodies, but the best way to get beach beautiful is to pick the styles which work best for you.  To show you how to flatter and show off your shape this summer, wherever the sun takes you, we’ve picked out the best summer styles for your body shape.

Best for Large Busts

Whilst you’ve got the goods to fill out a bikini top, without adequate support your assets will do you an injustice, rather than make you look like a beach goddess.  Therefore it’s best to pick styles with built in support, bra-like styles or halternecks which will provide you with perfect lift and support will give you confidence at the beach.



Milly Neoprene bikini £53, Ted Baker Floral Swimsuit £69, Resort-Moulded Bikini Top £10


Lole Kapiti Bikini £29, Ula Bandeau Bikini £30


Best for Small Busts

Ladies with small busts can rejoice in the fact that you can get away with many types of bikini style, and you’re much less likely to fall out of them!  However, if you’d like to enhance your assets, there are plenty of great padded bikini tops and push up styles which are ideal for this purpose.  You are also the perfect shape for trying out this season’s hottest bandeau style bikinis.



Esther Williams Retro Bikini £46, Lisa Marie Fernandez Bikini £120, L *Space Dolly Fringe Bikini £36


Writer Curve Bikini £135, Crochet Swim Midkini £17

Best for Pear Shapes

Pear shapes can find it very hard to find bikini sets which fit on both the top and bottom. Good news!  Most brands are  finally catching up on the body shape conversation and you can now choose different sizes and styles with mix and match bikinis.  Draw attention away from your derrière and thighs (unless of course you’re hankering after the Kardashian look!) by opting for  frills, patterns and some bling on your bikini top. If you’ve got a taste for ties at the side of your bikini bottoms, go for tie side styles which ar ehigher up your legs to balance your shape.


Miss Selfridge Bikini £25, French Connection Retro Bikini £54, Zimmerman Floral Filigree £147


Miss Selfridge Pink Fringe Swimsuit £25

Best Beach Cover Ups

Whether you’re worried about showing off your wobbly bits; want to keep your skin protected from the sun or looking for a stylish way to head to the beach bar in more than your bikini, then a wrap, sarong, playsuit or kaftan are going to be top of your shopping list. The beach is the limit when it comes to cover up with styles naturally being oversized so that you really cant go wrong!


Monsun Sienna Top £41, Echo Block Print Caftan £31, Biba Ombre Beach Cover Up £35


Swimwear has come a long way over the past couple of years, providing women with plenty of options to not only suit their style, but personal body shapes too.  Pick a style which you feel comfortable in and your confidence will show both inside and out.  As always, be careful to wear sun protection but most of all, enjoy your well-deserved beach break.


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