Ultimate Guide to Summer Bikinis

Summer is upon us and whether you’re looking to catch a few rays in your back garden, the hotel pool or on the sandy shores of the beach, you’ll want to look super-hot in a killer bikini. But how do you know which style to choose? There are many flattering types of bikini to suit every body shape. Here we’ll give you a few tips to guide you through finding a statement two-piece to shine in this summer!

Slim and Small-Chested

If you’re on the petite size, then the best way to feel confident in a bikini is to choose a top that has embellishments such as jewels or added frills which provide volume to the bust. You can always opt to wear a bikini with gel inserts if you’re feeling particularly self-conscious about your chest. This is an easy way to increase your cup size while looking completely natural. As far as your bikini bottoms go, you can get away with small briefs to show off your butt and legs.

This pour moi azure padded underwire bikini top in sexy red fashioned in a wonderful Italian shimmer fabric and featuring subtle ruched detailing, padding and halterneck tie designed to create the ultimate plunge shape for your cleavage.

Tummy Cover-Up

Bustier-Style Swimsuit

If bearing your stomach is an absolute no-no, then not to worry. It’s perfectly possible to still look extremely feminine in the sun, with the help of a tankini. This offers the perfect coverage, but for extra support, choose a style that includes ruching which gives the appearance of a flatter stomach.

This Figleaves Sailor Underwired halter tankini top is stunning and gives off a cool retro vibe. Pair with the matching frill briefs or high waist tummy control briefs and you’ve got yourself an absolute hit.

Classic Pear-Shape

FIGLEAVES Illusion Draped Firm Control Swimsuit

If you have more going on around the middle than on top, then you’ll need a bikini that adds balance to your frame. Darker colours or smaller prints are flattering colour choices to go for. To hide any problem areas on the thighs and bum, it’s also a good idea to choose bikini bottoms that have an inbuilt skirt detail. Up top, go for frills on the bust to make it appear a bit larger and more balanced with your waistline.

These black and white striped bikini bottoms from panache are seriously cute and chic. Team with the matching bikini top and you’ll be a knockout by the pool.

Larger Bust

Structure is an absolute must for ladies with a bigger chest to support. Underwires or padded cups are an essential component of a bikini for ample chests. However, if you’ve got it, flaunt it as they say. Choose a deep v-neck that shows off your best assets. If you’re self-conscious though, you can always opt for bright prints on the bikini bottoms which will draw the eye away and create a more balanced look.

This control wear lace detail swimsuit offers plenty of support with its underwire structure.

When it comes to bikini shopping, it’s often a good idea to try on a few styles to be sure of what suits your individual shape. Once you’ve found one that shows your figure off at its best, be sure to stock up on a few, so you have plenty of options on your next vacation. Check out our Swimwear Edit for more fabulous styles.