Pear or boyish? Whatever your shape, we've found the perfect swimsuit shape to suit you... plus they're flattering too!
Control swimsuits just got sexy. No, really, they did. If you thought one-pieces were just too tricky to wear (words like frumpy and boxy spring to mind, right?), then think again. From body-sculpting to nautical numbers, get ready to ride the waves.
Choosing a brand that has lingerie in its roots is always a good way to go. After all, prancing about on the beach in your swimwear is essentially like wearing lingerie, so you need to feel confident. ID Sarrieri started in 1992 with a high fashion collection, full of standout detailing such as Swarovski crystals and chantilly lace. For its swimwear collections, it has pared everything back and let the cut and materials speak for themselves. Hello, classic corsetry and special fabrics. Good idea, we say.
When it comes to Lisa Marie Fernandez (or LMF as we like to call her), the whole collection just screams summer. If you don’t find a bikini or neoprene number that you fall head-over-heels in love with, then you’re not looking hard enough. Don’t be put off by the skimpy cuts though, as they are actually super flattering. A high cut is always our go-to shape when we want to lengthen legs, after all.
She may be famous for starting the sexy terry towelling trend (yes, really), but for SS15 there’s much more than that. Look out for gingham prints and super-sized ruffles, perfect for a boyish frame or pear-shaped women, as they create some drama on your top half, adding curves where there are none. The one we have our eye on, though, is this red wrap detail with nautical rope tie. The universally flattering wrap detail isn’t just for dresses. Try it on swimwear to enhance your waist. Wear with attitude.
The Return Of The One Piece…
Greek designer Marianna G has been on our radar for a while. Sexy but classic, but with added magic ingredients (in form way of laminate coating in some of her pieces) made our ears prick up. It’s all about the fabric mix when shopping for swimwear. Always go for styles with a mix of polymide and elastane, which help the swimwear keep its shape, meaning it lasts year after year, plus the fabric mix sucks your tummy in too. Winning.
Miraclesuit, the top selling shapewear brand, doesn’t have the tagline: ‘Look 10lbs Lighter in 10 Seconds’ for nothing, you know. Using exclusive fabric ‘Miratex’ as part of its collection, we are talking about getting three times as much control as ordinary swimwear fabrics here, gals.
If you hate the idea of inner layers or panelling to create the control and shape, this brand should be firmly on your radar. With a built in underwire bra with foam, no more pokes coming through here. Plus, the high concentration of lycra used means you’re left with a one-piece that keeps its shape longer than you can keep your Mojito going. Tidy.
Lingerie brand Freya is on a mission to make women with a larger bust feel great and look amazing. After months researching the world of Swim, Freya stands out to us, as they certainly do just that. Launched in 2002, the selection is full of bold bright designs with all the support you would expect from a brand that focuses on styles in cup sizes from B – JJ but still with sexy designs. You can thank us later.