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It’s that time of year when the sun heats up and everyone heads north or south along the coast for a beach holiday or if you’re back at work already you try and leave work early for an afternoon dip in the ocean.


The Australian summer is a great time of year but for so many it can be daunting because it’s swimwear time.  Here at The Style Doctor we know that not everyone is a Victoria Secret model with perfect curves but each body is beautiful in their own unique way.  We have put together the perfect Summer Swimwear guide for 2016 so that you can look and confident in your swimmers.


We always advise our clients to buy Australian swimwear because we do swimwear really well and there are so many designers and retailers that specialise in swimwear.  These designers have been doing it for years which means they have tried and tested the best fabrics that will withstand the salt, sand and surf at the beach as well as chlorine from pools.  They also know what women want and cater for all different body shapes from curvier women to more athletic frames and have the cuts just right.


Our biggest tip when deciding on your swimwear is to be honest with yourself and your shape and this will help you find your perfect style.  Also our advice to women is don’t feel pressured to wear a bikini, there are plenty of great one pieces these days that may be more flattering on your shape but if you still have the body to rock a string bikini then we say go for it!



Your body shape is very up and down with little waist definition so try and create some curves with lines and prints as well as padding or frills on the bust.   


Pear shape

Your bust and waistline is smaller than your hips and bottom where you carry most of your weight.  You want to draw your eye up with prints and detail at the top or even a plunging neckline to draw attention away from your large bottom.  A top with padding or frills is also a great way of balancing out the top with the bottom half.  Another option is to do darker bottoms and a bright or printed top. 


Also if you are buying a bikini, in most cases you are a smaller size up top to your bottom so make sure you can buy them separately and you don’t end up having a top that fits and bottoms that are bursting at the seams or bottoms that fit and a top that’s too loose.


Apple shape

When you have a large bust and carry your weight through your middle then swimmers that disguise your middle area work best.  You will also need a top with underwire or thicker material to give you the support you need.


If you carry most of your weight in your lower tummy then you can opt for a high waisted bikini, however if you carry the weight in the middle of your tummy then you will need to opt for a one piece.  One pieces with roughing or a gathered look to detract from your lumps and bumps work best.



You will most likely be the envy of everyone on the beach because the hourglass figure can wear almost any type of swimmers from bikinis to one pieces, to high cut, low cut and strings- you are lucky you can wear them all.  If your bust is on the large side, make sure you have the support and if your tummy is not as toned then opt for a one piece.


Plus size

Since you have a larger bust, you will need swimmers with support and unfortunately the string bikinis won’t give you that support anymore.  You also want to enhance your curves and minimise the problem areas.  Thank goodness there are some stylish swimmers for plus size now and not just the ‘granny’ swimmers.  There are a lot of young plus size women who want to look stylish at the beach too.


We’re here to help:

If you’re not sure what shape you are then take our Style Report today.


If you would like further assistance then we would love to have one of our expert Style Doctors take you on a personal shopping experience to help you find your perfect style- Contact us