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!

 

Men’s Swimwear – Weekly Wishlist

Guys, it’s time to think about summer, and that all-important wardrobe addition – swimwear. Leave the speedos behind, do not go anywhere near Bobby from TOWIE-style swimming socks, and keep your dignity intact! Your swimwear can still be fun, without being obscene or ridiculous!

We’ve rounded up 13 of our favourites from the centre, for your perusal. Let’s start with a bit of a novelty factor with BHS’s magic swim shorts (£9.60). The ‘magic’ is that when you go in the water, your plain shorts become patterned shorts! There are four colours/patterns – we love the grey pair – sharks appear when you get them wet.

If you want full-on pattern, then H&M’s flamingo print swimwear (£14.99) will make a statement on the beach. JOY’s jellyfish print shorts (£25) are the only place you want to see these beach nasties, right? If the tentacled sea creature is too much, then JOY have a more subtle paisley print swimwear option (£30).

Men's swimshorts weekly wishlistPalm or fern prints are great – GAP’s blue print swim shorts  (£17.47) are subtly tropical,whilst the shorter blue and red print on black are a brighter, bolder option (£17.47).

Stripes are a good look for swimwear. H&M’s bold three stripe shorts (£19.99), or French Connection’s short multi-striped swimwear (£50), different on left and right? Maybe New Look’s grey and white vertical stripes (£14.99) are more your swimwear style? Or Maine @ Debenhams classic red white and blue striped longer shorts (£25).

If all of this is too much, and you just want block colour, then French Connection’s classic retro navy shorts with red ‘F’ logo (£50), or New Look’s bold bright red shorts (£7.99) are perfect. If you want brighter, then H&M’s sunshine yellow shorts (£7.99) are the ones for your suitcase this summer!

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction