Ask A Stylist: Your Ultimate Swimwear Guide
YOU MIGHT HAVE PUT ON A FEW KILOS, HAD A BABY, CHANGED SHAPE, OR DROOPED A LITTLE (IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES!) ... BUT FEAR NOT! LIBBY ALLAWAY IS HERE TO OFFER HER EXPERT TIPS, WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THIS SWIMWEAR SEASON YOUR BEST EVER!
"I love buying swimwear" ... said no woman ever!
After a long winter in hibernation, there's just nothing quite like exposing your pasty, white flesh under the bright, florescent lights in the fitting room of your local department store, is there?
Trying on new togs is hell on Earth for the best of us - and it's arguably the worst kind of shopping (right up there with finding jeans!) - but forking out the most amount of money for the least amount of fabric doesn't have to be painful, I promise!
If you head to a retailer who's experienced when it comes to fitting all shapes and sizes, you wont need to have a swimwear induced breakdown. Sunburn in Mosman has the best range and the best staff, who can help you walk out of the store feel happy and confident.
Knowing your shape makes all the difference between a successful shopping trip - or one that ends with you burying yourself in a bottle of wine! So forget about what size you are and focus instead on your proportions.
Here are my quick tips when it comes to working out your body shape:
Are your hips wider than your shoulders? You are a PEAR shape.
Are you shoulders wider than your hips? You are a STRAWBERRY shape.
Do you have little definition between shoulders, waist and hips? You are a COLUMN shape.
Do you have a round tummy, with great legs and bust? You are an APPLE shape.
Small waist, with your hips and shoulders a similar width? You are an HOURGLASS.
Pear shape girls ( of which I am one) will have smaller shoulders than hips./ The aim for pear shaped girls is to draw the attention away from the hips and up toward the top. To do this a high cut brief, padded tops and wide straps will give you the illusion you are after
For girls with a column shape, that is straight up and down with little definition between your waist, hips and bust the aim is to create the illusion of shape and movement. A padded top, low leg pants, ruffles, and wide straps will give you the look you are after
For the girls with similar width hips and shoulders combined with a smaller waist – our hourglass shapes you can pretty much wear anything as you are blessed with balanced proportions.
For girls with broader shoulders and narrower hips, traditionally known as a Strawberry Shape - your aim is to balance out wide shoulders with narrow hips. You can do this by selecting thin straps and a lower cut leg. Halter necks will be your best friend!
For Apple Body shapes, your aim is to take the eyes away from your middle section - and focus on your fabulous legs, arms and bust. To create the illusion of a smaller waist, go for a deep V neck and patterns. You can also look for vertical lines to create the illusion of elongating the body.
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