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Finding the perfect swimsuit for your body type

Take the  to find out which shape you are and choose a swimsuit that’s best suited to your body.

This body type is characterised by larger hips and a smaller upper body. Accentuate your shoulders to draw attention away from your heavier bottom half.

Small bust – Go for swimsuits with dark bottoms and light tops. Darker colours are more slimming, while lighter colours on top will help small busts look bigger. Shiny or patterned detailing on the top half of the swimsuit will detract the eye from the lower half of the body. ruffles, padding and vertical stripes help to make small breasts appear larger too.

->Multi-coloured criss-cross halterneck (R230) Hang Ten
->Spotty bandeau (R3 495) Osiris

Big bust – Wear a supportive underwire swimsuit. Choose a halterneck with thicker straps
for support and lift. All-over pattern can disguise larger breasts and vertical detailing can balance out
a large bottom. A skirted swimsuit or matching sarong will help disguise pear-shaped hips, and will
draw attention away from a larger bust if it’s got a pretty colour, print or pattern.

->Red halterneck (R725) Storm In A G Cup
->Black costume with skirt (R599) Jacqueline


You’re straight up and down with very little curvature. Soften this boyish silhouette by accentuating your waist and overplaying your hip and bust

Small bust – Create a feminine look for your boyish bod with lighter colours, fine floral prints and horizon. Smaller breasts can wear small triangle bikinis, and ruched and padded cups are a good idea to add to your assets!

->Striped and floral (R550) Seaweeds
->Turquoise and print cutout (R685) Tracey B

Big bust - Lucky you, you can get away with most looks with your athletic figure. Balance out a large bust with boyish briefs and frills. Full costumes with curved lines and detailing can create the effect of curves. Ruffles or ruching can fill out a thin frame too.

->Yellow stork top (R539) bottom (R499)Love Water Love
->Navy floral-detailed (R545) Speedo


Enhance your perfect curves and show off your waist with range of skimpy and more supportive bikinis and costumes

Small bust - You can wear thinner straps and go fairly skimpy on fabric. Wear a swimsuit with a belted waist to emphasise a small waist or choose a swimsuit with detail at the waist. vertical stripes can straighten an hourglass figure and create a lengthening effect if you feel you’re too curvy; this is also big busts.

->Teal string (R600) Speedo
->Black and white sweetheart bandeau (R855) Storm In A G Cup

Big bust - While the hourglass is the perfect body shape and should be able to pull off anything, it’s
a good idea for women with larger busts to go for underwire and tops with thicker straps for proper support. Make sure straps don’t cut into your sexy curves.

->Blue polka dot underwire (R500) Storm In A G Cup
->Red disk-detail halterneck (R922.50) Osiris


Opt for clever fashion features that hide your bigger bits and accentuate your best features

Small bust – Horizontal and vertical stripes on top will balance a big bottom half. Wear dark colours on the area you want to draw least attention to. Padding and ruched tops will create a full bust. Fuller bikinis hide tummies — choose bikini bottoms with supportive waistbands that lie flat and are not so tight that they create extra love handles.

->Floral-print (R129.95) Ackermans
->Turquoise ruched (R340) Donna Claire

Big bust – A fuller figure needn’t mean frumpy. Larger busts can be balanced out with boyish briefs and frills. A bold print or horizontal ruching will disguise a large bust and tummy. Always go for underwire, wider straps and thicker fabric. Look for extra supportive lining on the inside of the suit.

->Brown triangle underwire (R350) Sun Things
->Yellow to lime Ombre (R2 195) Inner Secrets Lingerie


A larger upper body and thinner legs with a fuller middle section calls for tankinis and ruched tummies

Small bust - Smaller busts can opt for padding to balance out the body. Ruching over the tummy will help both small and large busted shapes to disguise any bulk in this area. Detail on your swimsuit’s straps above the breasts will help to lead the eye away from a larger middle area and a small bust.

->Seaside Princess (R580) Roxy
->Red halterneck with beaded straps (R775)Storm In A G Cup

Big bust – Larger breasts can be balanced out with a thicker waistband when wearing a bikini. A supportive fabric will help hold in the stomach too. Wear darker colours round your middle and wear a full strapless suit to attract attention to bare shoulders and away from a larger middle. A high-cut swimsuit will help to lengthen legs.

->Leopard-print (R399) Sun Things
->Yellow Ombre (R2450) Storm In A G Cup

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