Tis the season to chuck on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and hit the beach, but are you stuck on what swimwear to rock this summer? Shopping for swimwear can be a nightmare, especially if you can’t find a swimsuit that matches your body shape.
The folk at Islandher are here to help with your swimwear woes, with swimwear to suit a range of figures, whether you’re petite or on the curvy side.
By April Revake
For Islandher’s who are smaller chested or of a petite frame, triangle bikinis are key in highlighting the bust and giving more oomph! If you’re also of a shorter stature two-piece swimsuits, such as the triangle top, are great in lengthening your torso.
Halter-tops are great for Islandher’s with broad shoulders or a bigger bust. They break up the neckline balancing out the shoulders and offer more support for the bust, giving some added lift. The neck tie can also be adjusted for comfort to provide lift without the pain of digging into your shoulders.
Bandeau shapes are flattering for Islander’s with small busts and smaller body frames. They draw attention to the bust, and are complemented even more so by frills, knots and standout colours and patterns. Avoid Bandeau tops if you’re top heavy, they flatten you out!
Tankinis are perfect for curvy Islandher’s or those less confident with baring skin, balancing the figure and tucking away the tummy. Tankinis also emphasise the curvier woman’s best assets, often with lower necklines and detailed cups that catch the eye.
The one piece isn’t only for those who want to hide their tummy; it’s also for those who want to make a statement. It was once known as the ‘boring’ piece of swimwear, but it has been revived with side cutout, backless and plunging neckline designs.
High Waisted swimsuits are suited to taller Islandher’s, where the high waist brief draws attention away from the length of the torso. The high waist brief is also the answer to those with tummy worries, hiding muffin tops and lengthening legs.
If you’re more pear-shaped avoid wearing high waisted swimwear, they make your hips and thighs appear heavier.
Board shorts are the solution for Islandher’s who aren’t confident in wearing bikini briefs or more shy with revealing thigh. Boardies come in varying lengths, and often are a great pairing to any swimsuit.
If you’re not so keen on having some tummy hang out, then a sarong/lavalava/pareu can help you out. Tie it around your waist and cinch it with a decorative shell clip or tie it around your neck to wear it as a dress. Kaftans are also ideal beach tops, flowy and light; chuck these on after swimming to keep you cool on the beach.