Unless you're Cheryl Cole, the thought of wearing a bikini probably fills you with dread. But don't be in jeans when the heatwave hits - choose a style that suits your shape
Unless you’re Cheryl Cole, the thought of wearing a bikini probably fills you with dread. But don’t cover up on the beach – choose a style that suits your shape…
If your belly’s your biggest worry then it’s understandable why you might feel nervous about wearing a bikini, but there are lots of other options.
Your best bet might be a one-piece which makes the most of your boobs and has detailing or ruching around the middle.
Draw the detail away from your stomach with this V-cut swimsuit.
If you don’t like your wobbly belly then cover it up with this fab skirted swimsuit. We like that it covers your bum too.
No one will even notice your stomach when you’re wearing this gorgeous one-shouldered swimsuit, with ruffles on the strap.
Tankinis are good but can often stop just above the bulge, which actually makes it more noticeable. A swim dress is a better option, look for one which is long in the body and will hold you in.
There are 60% of us who fall into this category, which basically means you’re bigger around your hips than you are up top.
The best swimwear for you should make the most of your boobs so look for something with a detailed top half.
For bottoms, you could tie a loose sarong around your hips to make them look narrower, or choose a bikini with a large waistband. A one-piece with detailing around the bust like this one will also draw attention away from your behind.
You can still get your tummy out if you’re pear-shaped. These wide-waist band bottoms will draw the eye up top, leaving the bikini top to make your boobs look good.
Marks and Spencer Halterneck Pleated Bikini, from £17.50
Although this model isn’t pear-shaped, these frill shorts will hide any wobbly bits and the top is great for smaller boobs. We love the pattern as well.
This fab swimsuit will accentuate your boobs while keeping your tummy tucked in.
Why not save a few pounds by updating your favourite bikinis with a simple swimskirt? This one’s also available in black so it will go with everything.
Resort Swimskirt, £10
If you’re worried that your boobs are too big for a bikini, they’re not – just as long as you support them properly. So avoid teeny-tiny triangle shapes.
Wide straps that are far apart, rather than halterneck work well and choose an underwired cup for extra support
Choose detailed bottoms, with frills or jewels to emphasise your bum and draw attention away from your bust.
This swimsuit is great for big-boobed women. It’s ultra supportive on the top half and will keep your tummy nicely tucked in too.
Midnight Grace by Figleaves Swimsuit, £40
Feeling confident on the beach or by the pool means you can really enjoy your holiday. Buy a swimsuit with a built in bra (this one goes up to a FF cup) so you can relax.
It’s important to make sure your bikini top is underwired for maximum support, and this one is perfect – plus we love the pretty pattern.
This bikini top is great for big boobs, it’ll hold them in while giving them a lift, plus you can match any bottoms with it. Perfect.
PetiteIf you don’t have much in the height department, don’t worry – there are loads of bikinis and swimsuits that can make the most of your tiny frame.
If you’re flat-chested, choose a triangle-shaped bra which will maximise your boobs and give the illusion of cleavage.
Look for clever swimwear like this which will instantly add curves.
Triangle-shaped bikini tops are good for smaller boobs, making them seem a bit bigger and these bottoms will show your bottom half off nicely.
This bikini top will add detail to your top half, with tie-up bottoms to create curves on the bottom half.
Topshop Bandeau Bikini, £26
Create curves with this daring cut-out halterneck swimsuit.
Pour Moi Cut-Out Swimsuit, £32
PetitePetite girls will get away with this gorgeous bikini that will make the most of your boobs and show off a small bum.
George at Asda bikini, £12
Tall and slim
If your body is straight up and down, then you can wear most styles of swimsuit. Halternecks will give your boobs a boost and show off slender shoulders.
Tie-up bikini bottoms will make the most of your long legs and you should draw attention to your slim figure with bold prints.
Tall and slim
Flatter your figure in this fab ruffled bikini. The frills on the top will accentuate your boobs, while the detail on the bottoms will add some shape to your bum.
ASOS Ruffle Bikini, £29
Tall and slim
This bikini will give your boobs and bum great definition, plus we love the on-trend stripes.
Tall and slim
Show off your slimline figure in this strapless top and bottoms.
Tall and slimGet in the Caribbean mood with this pretty floral bikini. With removable straps you can sunbathe all afternoon!
Don’t hide your shoulders away, show them off in this flattering and sculpting halter neck swimming costume. It has lovely feminine straps that tie around your neck and helps create length, drawing the eye downwards instead of across.