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Swimwear for your body shape

Struggling with what to pack for your summer holiday? We’ve got your beachwear sorted, whatever your figure

Lindsay Judge
28 Jun 2015 | 02:49 pm
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Athletic

Body shape: Very slim, small bust and small hips. Often has a very muscly physique.

Celebrity athletic figures: Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson.

Style tip: Women with this type of figure should look for styles that create the illusion of curves. This can be done with triangle-shaped tops, bold prints and ruffles. Used cleverly, a geometric pattern can trick the eye into seeing curves where none exist. Push-up tops can help to maximise your assets and athletic women have the luxury of being able to carry off bandeau tops.

Athletic

Top, Dh95, bottoms, Dh75, Mango

Athletic

Top, Dh115, bottoms, Dh95, Zara

Athletic

Swimsuit, Dh215, Debenhams

Athletic

Bikini, Dh95, namshi.com

Athletic

Top, Dh350, bottoms, Dh300, Bandeau

Athletic

Swimsuit, Dh215, Topshop

Athletic

Top, Dh129, bottoms, Dh89, Women’s Secret

Athletic

Swimsuit, Dh425, Speedo

Athletic

Swimsuit, Dh169, Marks and Spencer

Apple

Body shape: Slim legs and arms with a larger tummy.

Celebrity apples: Kate Winslet, Mariah Carey.

Style tip: If you are conscious of your tummy, go for a flattering high-waisted bikini. Tankinis are also a great way to hide the bulge but still get a great tan. Look out for bold printed swimsuits as the pattern will camouflage your apple shape. Swimsuits with ruching are also a clever way to disguise a less-than-flat tummy.

Apple

Top, Dh105, bottoms, Dh75, New Look

Apple

Swimsuit, Dh169, Marks & Spencer

Apple

Swimsuit, Dh215, Dorothy Perkins

Apple

Swimsuit, Dh399, Mango

Apple

Swimsuit, Dh415, Ted Baker

Apple

Top, Dh90, bottoms, Dh90, M&Co

Apple

Top, Dh59, bottoms, Dh69, H&M

Apple

Top, Dh85, bottoms, Dh55, F&F

Apple

Bikini, Dh95, namshi.com

Apple

Swimsuit, Dh345, Speedo

Hourglass

Body shape: Large bust and hips with a small waist.

Celebrity hourglass figures: Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Kelly Brook.

Style tip: Women with hourglass figures should accentuate their small waist and feminine curves with a well-supported bikini top. You could also channel the Fifties with a high-waisted bikini bottom.

Hourglass

Top, Dh115, bottoms, Dh95, Zara

Hourglass

Swimsuit, Dh295, Speedo

Hourglass

Top, Dh75, bottoms, Dh59, Sfera

Hourglass

Top, Dh70, bottoms, Dh70, Splash

Hourglass

Top, Dh179, bottoms, Dh129, River Island

Hourglass

Top, Dh215, bottoms, Dh175, Topshop

Hourglass

Bikini, Dh189, Debenhams

Hourglass

Top, Dh79, bottoms, Dh59, H&M

Hourglass

Top, Dh89, bottoms, Dh49, New Look

Pear

Body shape: Big bum, thick thighs and curvy hips, with a small-to-medium bust and narrow shoulders.

Celebrity pear figures: Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez.

Style tip: If you’re a pear shape, draw attention to your slim upper half and balance your body with an embellished or frilled bikini top. Bikini bottoms with inbuilt skirts can skim over those bumps you’re looking to disguise.

Pear

Top, Dh110, bottoms, Dh79, Marks & Spencer

Pear

Swimsuit, Dh299, River Island

Pear

Top, Dh110, bottoms, Dh70, Accessorize

Pear

Top, Dh345, bottoms, Dh295, Freya

Pear

Bikini, Dh220, Debenhams

Pear

Top, Dh95, bottoms, Dh75, Miss Selfridge

Pear

Swimsuit, Dh140, New Look

Pear

Top, Dh90, bottoms, Dh70, BHS

Pear

Top, Dh255, bottoms, Dh140, Curvy Kate

Pear

Bikini, Dh325, Boux Avenue

Eye spy

Shades

Dh39, H&M

Shades

Dh75, Bershka

Shades

Dh69, Call It Spring

Shades

Dh75, Pull & Bear

Shades

Dh60, Aldo Accessories

Under cover

Kaftan

Dh920, BCBG Max Azria

Kaftan

Dh99, H&M

Kaftan

Dh129, Koton

Kaftan

Dh195, Zara

Kaftan

Dh169, Mango

Arm candy

Bag

Dh175, Bershka

Bag

Dh125, New Look

Bag

Dh235, Ted Baker

Bag

Dh80, Splash

Bag

Dh240, Aldo Accessories

Trendy shoes

Shoes

Dh175, Bebe

Shoes

Dh129, Call It Spring

Shoes

Dh89, Forever 21

Shoes

Dh299, Steve Madden

Shoes

Dh375, Vince Camuto

Lindsay Judge

By Lindsay Judge

Group Fashion Editor