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Guide to Finding the Perfect Swimsuit

SHOP Pictured above, left on Montana Cox: 'Summer of Love' Bikini Top and Double Band Hipster Bottoms by Isola; right on Jessica Gomes: 'Engage' Plunge One-Piece Swimsuit by JETS

It's swimsuit season but there's no need to cringe at the thought of buying a new cosie. Put an end to impulsive buys (when you RSVP last minute to a pool party) or trendy but unflattering styles (one-size crochet styles do not suit everyone), and focus on finding the right swimsuit for your body shape. To help give expert guidance, we ask our swimwear buyers for tips on what to look for whether you're endowed with a petite, curvy or athletic body shape.

Petite

Your Body Shape: Your proportions are typically small, including around the bust. 

Buyers' Tips: Look for details around the bust to create interest and balance overall proportions. Avoid plain colours and overly simple styling as it is less flattering.

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    Indienne Frill Bandeau Top by Isola

    A mixed floral print with a bust-enhancing frill and removable soft cups.

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    Free Bird Bikini by C&M Camilla & Marc

    A classic, simple design which will suit a small frame. The stripes also create an appearance of width, especially under the bust and hips.

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    Frill Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit by Zimmermann Swim

    A ruched, strapless one piece swimsuit highlights all the right areas, including a frill on the bust and an allover dot print adding interest to your shape.

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Curvy

Your Body Shape: Normally endowed with a full bust, hips and thighs;  also known as an hourglass figure.

Buyers' Tips: Avoid high neck styles and horizontal styles as they make your shape wider. Look for swimwear with good bust support - it's important in swimwear as much as in lingerie. Having the right support also lifts the bust which elongates and slims the torso. 

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    Twist Front Halter Bikini Top by JETS

    Designed for those with a large bust, this bikini top has boning support and extra fabric around the bust to ensure full coverage.

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    Ruched Overlay Bikini Briefs by JETS

    Opt for a solid colour for your bikini bottoms. The ruched wide waistband also helps avoid spillage or 'muffin top' on your hips.

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    Night Life Balconette Bra by Isola

    Look for bikini tops with moulded underwire cups like this balconette bra to give shape and flatter a fuller bust.

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Athletic

Your Body Shape: Your frame is typically quite slender with broad shoulders and a long torso.

Buyer's Tips: You'll suit a high-neck, one piece swimsuit but look for contrasting side panels to give your body shape. To contrast your boyish shape, look for feminine details and opt for smaller sized bottoms to give shape to your derrière. You can afford to go smaller in size to give illusion of shape.

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    Classique One Piece Swimsuit by JETS

    A one piece style with a classic, sporty cut. The contrast band detail will give the illusion of a narrow waist.

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    Veruschka One Piece Swimsuit by Bec & Bridge

    This one piece swimsuit ticks this summer's metallic trend, but also adds interest to an athletic body shape with its diagonal striped print.

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  • 3

    Brahmi Bra by Tigerlily

    Scalloped edges with contrast embroidery adds a feminine touch to this triangle bikini top. Wear the straps straight as opposed to a halter to avoid enhancing your broad shoulders.

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    Brahmi Bikini Bottom by Tigerlily

    The matching bottom to the Brahmi top. The frilled waistband helps create shape around your hips and adds a cute, feminine touch to your look.

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