Swimwear Style – what’s yours?

Well, we’ve had enough of the rain, and the wind, and the few hours of sun here and there. We’re off to the travel agents this weekend, and we’re getting the heck out of here – are you coming?

If you have holidays planned you’ll need swimwear. And swimwear shopping is something that strikes fear into the heart of most women. What’s your swimwear style? What swimwear style suits you? We bet you spend hours rummaging in the stores, just as we have, trying on all sorts and just not getting anything to suit.

So, we are here to help. To find the perfect swimwear, you need to find your swimwear style.

We’re all different shapes and sizes. We all have body issues, that’s true, right? Long torso, short torso, big boobs, wee boobs, too much tummy tissue, broad shoulders, stretch marks, big thighs, boyish frame…can we stop now?!

swimsuits and cut-outs

swimsuits and cut-outs

Clockwise, from top left:black frill cut-out swimsuit, £19.99, H&M, floral tummy control, £28, BHS, polka dot suit, £35, White Stuff, tropical print suit, £30, JOY, graphic stripe suit, £38, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams

Wow, we get hung up on our bodies! First of all, embrace your body, whatever shape or size it is. Get your swimwear and take it to the beach. Forget stupid crash diets, don’t hide under a kaftan, and don’t stay indoors!

If you really are having a nightmare finding your perfect swimwear style, then here are a few rules we like to stick to when we go shopping.

halter-necks and mix and match

halter-necks and mix and match

Clockwise, from top left: Hawaii floral swimsuit, £35, White Stuff, peach bikini top, £12.99, black bikini bottoms, £6.99, both H&M, floral halterneck costume, £48, Reger by Janet Reger @ Debenhams, stripe bikini top, £22.50, bottoms, £17.50, White Stuff

If you have broad shoulders, try a halterneck swimwear style to take the eye away from the shoulders, and not emphasize them. If you feel top heavy, try mix and matching your bikini – a dark coloured top will minimise the look of this area, a light coloured bottom will draw the eye there. Just reverse this rule if you have he opposite issue – feel heavier on the bottom than the top.

frills and stripes and string bikinis

frills and stripes and string bikinis

Clockwise, from top left:  Zig zag bikini top, £9.99, bottoms, 7.99, both New Look, blue stripe top, £14.99, bottoms, £7.99, New Look, yellow frilled bikini, £39, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, red stripe top, £23.96, bottoms, £17.97, GAP.

If you have a small bust, add frills to your bikini or swimsuit. If your bust is big, get a proper bra-sized underwired bikini or swimsuit – your will thank yourself for this!

Retro styles are hugely popular, and big bikini pants are great for wearing if you have tummy troubles, but don’t want to wear a swimsuit. This is a fantastic swimwear style for everyone.

retro styles

retro styles

Clockwise, from top left: Gingham retro high waist bottoms, £11.99, matching top, £17.99, both New Look, floral print blue bikini, £32, Red Herring @ Debenhams, orange swirl bikini, £28, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, belted swimsuit, £42, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, red rose print retro bikini, £26.50, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams

If your torso is short, then elongate it, by wearing a skimpy bikini, exposing that flesh. If your torso is long, then try a one-piece, even better with cut-out sections, or go for a bright, bold, loud bikini, which will draw attention to your bum and boobs. Or try a belted swimsuit. This swimwear style will break up a long torso.

bright and bold

bright and bold

Clockwise, from top left:bright print bottoms, £7.99, matching top, £9.99, H&M, floral print bold shorts, £10, BHS, black and white print bikini top, £20, matching bottoms, £12, JOY, bold tropical print top, £12, BHS

Most of all, just wear what you feel the most comfortable in, and go and have fun in the pool or on the beach! There are loads of swimwear styles out there that are perfect clubbing or festival get-up as well!

straps, leather-look, frills and fun

straps, leather-look, frills and fun

Clockwise, from top left: Leather-look bikini top, £14.99, matching bottoms, £9.99, khaki cut-out bottoms, £9.99, matching top, £17.99, all New Look, white bikini, £46, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, turquoise frill bikini top, £12.99, matching bottoms with CND sign charms, £7.99, H&M


So, do you have your swimwear style sorted? Great! See you at the beach!


Bikinis – Weekly Wishlist

It’s time to think bikinis! The sun is shining, we’re all feeling happier, and thinking of our summer holidays, yeah?

And bikinis. Invented in 1946 by Frenchman Louis Reard, bikinis are the best-selling beachwear. More popular than swimsuits, bikinis come in all sorts of shapes and designs, from itsy-bitsy, to retro, big pant styles which are more and more popular every year.

Debenhams has a huge selection of brilliant bikinis, and 12 of them have made it on to our very summer Weekly Wishlist.

Maybe you favour a frilly little Floozie by FrostFrench bright summer yellow number (£39)? Or a racy, silver metallic bikini (£20) you can wear from beach to bar? Another versatile style, the fab J by Jasper Conran black mesh detail bikini top (£28) could see you from beach to bar. Maybe the matching bottoms (£22) too?! Be a bit bolder in a similar style from the same designer, but in bold purple (£50). Another beachwear-meets-dancewear style comes from Red Herring, with their long-sleeved top (£26) and matching bottoms (£16).

weekly wishlist Debenhams bikinisJ by Jasper Conran’s mesh insert continues on his graphic blue patterned bikini (top £26, bottoms, £20), and there’s also mesh detail on the bold yellow, black and white graphic print two-piece from Gorgeous (top, £29.50, bottoms, £18).

Florals are big this year. Maybe floral bikinis are your thing? There are plenty of styles to choose from. Reger by Janet Refers classic big rose print looks great on big pants (£24, and a halterneck top, £32). Floozie by FrostFrench’s red floral and dotty retro style bottoms (£26.50) and top (£16.50) are for pin-up fans everywhere. Red Herring’s pale blue floral and feather set (£32) is retro-tastic, as is Floozie by FrostFrench’s polka dot and tropical fruit bikini with a pink bow (£46.50) – we adore this one!

Finally, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson’s muted floral print works beautifully on his cut-out pants (£20) and halter style top (£20).

All of these bikinis are or will be available at Debenhams stores and debenhams.com – and there are plenty more where these came from!