With the summer holidays just around the corner for many of us, thoughts will naturally turn to holiday wardrobes. After all, the best thing about a holiday after the actual getting away is getting plenty of gorgeous new clothes! But not all of us feel confident about one particular part of our wardrobe: the swimsuit. It’s too easy to think that we don’t suit a bikini, tankini or certain type of swimming costume, but here at Littlewoods we believe every woman can look sophisticated and sultry under the sun and on the beach.
Our great shape guide is the perfect start to finding out what styles of swimwear will suit your body shape; if you’re not sure of your shape, then make sure you take our shape quiz to find out whether you’re a pear, apple, strawberry, hourglass or rectangle!
For the perfect beach look, apple shapes (that’s women with a thicker-set waist but slender legs and enviable bust) should look for separates that highlight their best areas. A tankini will draw the eye to your bust and legs, as well as visually breaking up your waist. We really like the Resort Underwired Moulded Tankini Top with matching briefs; the patterned trim highlights an apple shape’s best bits while the underwiring provides essential support. The Resort Mix and Match Underwired Tankini Top is another great choice. The printed options are perfect for an apple shape, as they disguise any problem areas while highlighting your bust and shoulders.
Pear-shaped women benefit from shapely bust and slender shoulders, and a curvy bottom and hips. All-in-ones flatter pear-shapes, as do retro-inspired styles. The Resort Shapewear Playsuit combines a fitting, flattering shape (with built in control panel) with a cute polka-dot pattern that gives a real vintage vibe. Or try the flirty Resort Diamond Print Swimdress, with fitted bodice and cute skirt that skims over your hips for a slender, sophisticated look.
Women who are a strawberry shape tend to have a wider top half and slender hips, so the perfect swimming costume for you needs to balance out your shape and add a couple of feminine touches. We love the Resort Mix and Match Halter Swimdress in either sophisticated black or a sweet ditsy floral print; the ruffle at the hip balances out your shape, while the plunging neckline will break up the width of your shoulders. A less girly option is the funky Resort Blouson Tankini Set in black with embroidered trim; this adds volume to your hips and lets you show off your shoulders at the same time!
For women with an hourglass figure, rocking a retro style is the perfect way to show off that classic womanly shape – plus a little hidden shapewear can be helpful for any extra curves you’re not so keen on. The Resort Magic Shapewear Swimsuit features a flattering wrap-around style and buckle detail, as well as moulded bikini cups and control panels to ensure you always look your best. Or what about the exotic Resort Wrap Swimsuit in rich orange? A glamorous buckle detail adds glitz and the wrap-around bodice accentuate your fantastic hourglass curves.
With slender hips, bust and a toned stomach, rectangle shapes can pretty much wear whatever they want when it comes to swimwear. If you want to create a few curves, though, opt for a structured bikini that draws the eye horizontally across your body to break up the length; the Resort Underwire Bandeau Bikini Top and Resort High Waist Bikini Shorts are great choices thanks to the vibrant patterned trim. Or, if you fancy a little more cover, the pretty Coleen Strapless Pop Art Tankini Set will show off your slim arms and legs while adding curves thanks to the funky abstract print.
Whatever your shape and wherever you’re going this summer, trust Littlewoods to make sure you look gorgeous and ready for the beach!