Hello ladies. When it comes to selecting beachwear honesty is always the best policy. This is the least amount of clothing you'll probably ever wear in public so it's important to get the selection right.
There's no one style that suits everyone and as we grow up and mature we may have to come to terms with the fact that we can no longer wear that tiny triangle thong number we bought for a couple of quid when we were 17.
The good news is that the selection these days is enormous so that perfect bikini, swimsuit or tankini is out there - all you need is some good advice on what to select.
For us the golden rule of swimwear is if you've got it flaunt it - within reason.
The information below provides a purely personal view, based on our experiences
of buying, wearing and looking at swimwear over many years.
Firstly, think about what you are going to be doing in it. For
example, if you are planning a lot of sporting activities you
may want to go for a style that has more coverage or is more supportive.
Having said this it is always possible to don a pair of boardies
and rashvest for those occasions.
Neck ties and halters have
generally been considered more flattering than shoulder straps,
and they do come in a vast range of styles. In the past we steered
clear of bra type tops because, well they looked like bras! But
there are now some great retro styles out there that would put
the lovely Ursula Andress in the shade (see our Bond-Eye range)!
We are, therefore, converts to retro and no longer sole devotees
of the halter.
The standard triangle top is great if you are
firm busted and don't need too much support. Extended halter
necks tend to have wider ties and this is now probably our most
popular style, as it offers a little more coverage and a little
Underwires are styles we used to steer clear
of in the past because they were normally styled in the most appalling,
frumpy way! Now there are various combinations with underwires,
cleverly concealed, that look fantastic (e.g. Moontide/Bond-Eye).
Everyone can wear these styles and they are heaven sent for us
girls with bigger busts!
There seems to be a trend to pad everything
these days. This means there are plenty of styles that can give
you either a bit of a boost, firm you up, or prevent, to put it
delicately, everyone knowing that you're a tad chilly! Some have
removable pads but some are fixed so it's worth checking before
you buy if the removable option is important to you. The removable
option can help to give you a little more room if you need it.
White is no longer to be avoided as most white
bikinis these days will be double lined.
Ultimately the key thing is to wear something that fits well and suits your shape so you feel comfortable. If you are comfortable your confidence will shine through.
Confidence is key - anyone who celebrates their body and enjoys it will look great no matter what their shape. None of us at Beach360 are perfect by any means but over the years we've learnt what suits us as individuals and our philosophy is that you can look amazing so long as you work with, and enhance, your best features. And if you do have a perfect body, well, you can just skip the sections below because you'll look good in everything on this site!