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.
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.
This Black Tie Front Bikini Top cups your boobs whilst giving additional decoration.
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!
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.
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!
Mono Underwired Longline H/W Bikini shapes the bum
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.
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.
ASOS DESIGN mix and match crinkle high leg hipster bikini bottom in white black
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.