Q. We’re going on holiday in a couple of weeks and I need to buy a new swimsuit but I’m worried it won’t be flattering around my stomach. I think I have an apple or pear body shape, what styles should I look for?
A. If you’re a pear consider styles that diminish the size of the hips and waist but that accentuate the bust; avoid high-waist shorts-style briefs instead look for low cut bottoms, and flirty skirt detail is great for balancing out wide hips. Halter-neck and tankini styles will maximise the bust and broaden the shoulders and you can mix and match plain darker bottoms with a light coloured top, this will slim your lower half and add volume to your upper body.
Apples should do the opposite, select bottoms with a high cut like the shortini to make the hips look bigger and the stomach smaller, and try to stay away from low waist bottoms and styles that end right at the hip, this will only make your waist look narrower. One-pieces with hidden support panels or ruched detailing will help create a streamlined silhouette,
Image (above right): Maryan Mehlhorn ‘Masterpiece’ swimsuit, £189 – See-Saw Lingerie in Hale
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