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The importance of a good swimsuit

Swimsuit shopping can be a daunting experience, especially if you don’t know what to look for.  There are countless styles to choose from but it’s important to know which style will suit your body shape.  Now the holiday season is in full swing, we’ve given some of our top tips to helping you find the perfect swimsuit this summer.

Firstly, you need to know what suits your body shape.  We’re all different, and what suits one woman may not work as well for another.  Once you understand your body type you’ll be able to determine which style would best suit your shape.

The most common shapes are the Hourglass, Pear, Apple and Boyish.  If your bust and waist are similar sizes and bigger than your hips, you are considered apple shaped.  The ideal swimsuit for this shape is a one-piece.  This will offer support for the bust and will also provide control around the stomach making it appear flatter.

If you have an Hourglass figure, your bust and hips will be similar in size and bigger than your waist. This body type is best suited to halter style swimsuits with triangle shaped bikini bottoms.

Women who are pear shaped find their waist and bust to be similar to the same size and are smaller than the hips.  At Panache, we find that bottoms which can be easily adjusted with strings are the best type of swimsuit for pear shaped women.

If there is no significant difference between your bust, waist and hips, you are considered to have an enviable, slender, boyish figure.  Women with this body type benefit from lace, layered or frill swimsuits.

Colours and patterns also play an important role in choosing the right swimwear for your shape.  Use bright patterns and prints on areas of your body you want to draw attention to and solid colours on the areas you don’t.

Once you’ve chosen a swimsuit that’s right for your body shape, you’ll be filled with confidence as well as feeling comfortable.  At Panache we recommend choosing styles and colours that will highlight the areas of your body you like the most, so the parts you don’t like go unnoticed!

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