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It’s National Bikini Day!

National Bikini Day celebrates the anniversary of the invention of the two-piece bathing suit. Due to being rather risqué when it was first designed, the adoption of the bikini was slow to be adopted by the masses and many beaches banned them. Film stars like Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot started to wear bikinis on public beaches and in their films, which meant that the bikini became more popular and widely accepted.

How to find a bikini best suited to your body shape

Whether the thought of wearing a bikini seems daunting or exciting. It’s time to dig out the bikini and flaunt what your mother blessed you with!

I am heading to Bournemouth beach next week. There are so many varying designs of swimwear to suit each body type, so let’s run through what would best suit you.

Small boobs

If you have small boobs like me, you don’t really want to be buying bikinis which flatten you any further. If you are also a ‘pear-shape’, then I would recommend bikinis which have a padded or structured bikini top and fuller bikini bottoms. You need bikinis which boost and shape your cleavage. I tend to buy bikinis from New Look as they provide a wide selection of padded bra tops in vibrant colours – perfect for the beach.

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Small Boobs

New Look – £12.99

This Black Tie Front Bikini Top cups your boobs whilst giving additional decoration.

Big boobs

For those of you with bigger boobs, again it’s good to buy bikinis which offer your bust support. You don’t want to buy anything which digs into your body, which looks unflattering. Show off that bust this summer!

Freya lingerie for big boobs

Big boobs

Freya – £40

I love this bardot bikini for big boobs! This retro design has lightly padded cups and gathers across the front for a flattering and supportive look and feel. 

Pear-shaped

I am ‘pear-shaped’, which means I have smaller boobs with a big bum and hips. The best way to balance out your shape is to buy full high waisted bikini bottoms to give you a clean silhouette and then couple up with something which gives you a definition on top. I have some high waisted bikini bottoms from New Look, coupled with a padded bikini top for the summer. Halter neck bikinis are also perfect for creating a fab cleavage and will help draw eyes up top. Just don’t hide your bum away!

Pear-shaped

  • Wider hips & thighs
  • Big bum
  • Small bust
  • Narrow shoulders

£ 13.50 Boohoo

Mono Underwired Longline H/W Bikini shapes the bum

Apple shape

Apples usually have a full bust, round tummy, and slim legs. Show off your legs and bust if you have an apple shape. Tankinis are great if you are self-conscious about your tummy. Focus on your key assets. Don’t be afraid to impress everyone on the beach wearing in vibrant colours, highlighting your bust and get those legs out on display.

Apple-shaped

Boohoo £18

Plus Fruit Printed High Waisted Bikini.

  • Larger bust
  • Small shoulders
  • Slender legs
  • Fullness around middle

Hour glass

If you have an hourglass figure then show off your incredible curves and svelte waist in a bikini. Again look at bikinis with bra-like tops which offer support. You might want to look for bikini bottoms which help to make your legs look longer. Don’t be afraid to show off your body this summer.

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Hour-glass

ASOS – £12

ASOS DESIGN mix and match crinkle high leg hipster bikini bottom in white black

  • Small waist
  • Defined bust
  • Rounded bottom
  • Neat hips

Heart-shaped

For anyone who is heart-shaped (otherwise known as the inverted triangle) with wider shoulders and an itsy-bitsy waist and hips. Balance out your bust and hips, using an underwired top to enhance your bust.

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Heart-shaped

ASOS – £12.99

Pull&Bear Pacific polka dot knot front bikini top in brown

  • Wider shoulders
  • Smaller waist
  • Narrow hips
  • Small bottom

National Bikini Day Resolutions:

1. Try on all of your old bikinis

Keep the ones you love and make you feel fabulous!

2. Recycle

Unless your bikinis have seen better days, don’t throw them away. Give them to friends or charity

3. Treat yourself

With so many cheap bikinis on the market and sales on. Treat yourself to a new bikini. Assess your body shape and see which ones would enhance your totally amazing figure!

Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments section for top tips on bikinis or if you would like to add anything to this article.