Swimsuit shopping might seem like a painful and futile exercise, but it’s possible to find a suit that fits your body well and makes you feel great. At Amoir Camaira we like to make you aware of the best way to choose your next bikini, your happiness makes us tick, so read on!
1. Know your body type
Your shape––where you naturally distribute weight––determines which swimsuit will look best on you. Measure your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point, and bust at the fullest point for the best reference, since swimsuit sizing and styling depend on these ratios. Here are suggested interpretations of your body shape:
- Pear shape: If your hips are significantly wider than both your waist and bust, you’re probably a pear.
- Apple shape: If your waist is significantly wider than your hips, and equal to or nearly as wide as your bust, you might be an apple.
- Hourglass shape: If your bust and hips are about the same width, but your waist is significantly smaller, you’re a classic hourglass.
- Straight: (also known as ruler or banana shape): If you’re thin all around, with no significant difference between your hips, waist and bust, you’re a straight shape.
2. Prepare yourself
Before your swimsuit arrives, take care of any necessary hair removal. Remove any hair you don’t want to be showing while you’re trying on your swimsuit, especially if you’re going to be modeling for someone else to judge. And do not forget to wear underwear! Every store, even ours requests that its customers try on their bikinis or swimsuits with undergarments still on, and besides, do you really want to take the hygiene risk of going bare?
3. Choose an appropriate swimsuit store like Amoir Camaira
There are boutiques that specialize in swimsuits that will be able to help you with your fit and suggest great looking styles to compliment your look. However on-line shopping can be just as easy, especially when postage is free like ours at luxuryswimwear.co.uk with over the phone assistance 7 days a week. This can be just as helpful as jumping in the car to head out for a shop and much more convenient.
4. Choose colors and fabrics that will highlight your best features and downplay your less-loved parts.
The secret to a good swimsuit is drawing the eye to the most flattering parts of your figure; this will help you to feel more comfortable as well as looking your best. Here are some basic tips to follow:
- To highlight a feature you like, use a bright color or pattern like our pink collection.
- To hide something you don’t like, use a solid colour. We love solid colours and only stock them in our range.
- If you have pale skin, use black or deep jewel tones, such as dark purple, navy, and maroon. Our Sierra halter neck comes in a gorgeous purple for this!
- If you have dark skin, bright colors can actually be more flattering and help hide what you don’t like.
- To add volume (such as to the bust or hips), choose a piece with ruffles in that area like our Mya Bikini.
- To hide volume (such as on the waist), use shirred or rushed fabric which we offer in the Esmaya and Mya bottoms.
- Don’t be afraid to buy separates that don’t match perfectly! Say you want to highlight your bust but draw attention away from your hips. You might buy a bikini top in a bright solid or pattern, and a bottom that’s a dark black, blue or brown (depending on the top).
5. Select the right cut
Here’s a quick rundown of what you might want to favor/avoid:
- A one-piece will hide your waist, unless you choose one from Amoir Camaira as we have created the perfect way to give the illusion of a tiny waist with our Esmaya cut. Choose one with shirred panels over the stomach, or in a dark, solid colour like ours in grey.
- A 1940s-style, bathing-beauty bottom that’s high-waisted can also help hide a waist. Again, go with a dark color or shirring.
- A tankini will highlight your waist, because it draws the eye to the section of skin that’s showing. If you love your waist but not so much your hips or bust, choose this.
- Boyshorts make your hips look wider, regardless of color. If you have a large bust and want the hips to match for a classic hourglass shape, choose boyshorts. However, be aware that this style can feel uncomfortable for some women, so be certain of fit before you purchase anything.
- High-cut bikini bottoms make legs look longer. If you’re short, or you’re long in the torso, this is a good selection.
- Halter tops draw attention to the bust, as do triangle tops, check our our Sierra and Chloe range.
- Tie-front bikini tops draw the eye to the bust, as well as pulling the breasts closer to one another, effectively making them look larger. If you have small breasts and want them to look larger, this might be a good fit.
- Bandeau tops will make the bust seem wider. If you’re a pear shape and you want to imitate an hourglass shape, choose a bandeau top with ruffles or another busy detail. We made one perfectly for this reason with our Mya bandeau.
- For a large bust, look for a straight across cut at the top of your swimsuit with wide set straps to minimize your bust. Try a bikini top with an underwire and a thick chest band for extra support. A thick chest band will prevent jiggling so that the bra stays where it should be and you can’t fall out. Page 3 model Nicola McClean swears by our Sierra Bikini because of her larger breasts.
6. Select the swimsuit suitable to its primary use
It’s pointless buying a string bikini like our Chloe design if you plan on swimming laps or surfing; it’ll be floating off in no time, embarrassing you no end. Bikinis are fairly limited in terms of active workouts in a pool or the sea, but a more solid tankini would hang in there no problems. Sports swimsuits often have added features to help with support, streamlining and comfort, so check them out if you’re planning on doing more than keeping cool by the pool.
- Most lifeguard work requires a one piece swimsuit in a plain color, perhaps the color of your lifesaving crew. You might also need to add shorts or a wetsuit to complete the uniform.
- One piece swimsuits can be very sexy, especially when you choose nice colors and a flattering fit for your body. So save your Esmaya Swimsuit for the more glamorous occasions!
7. Ask a professional for help
If you’ve tried shopping on your own and just can’t find anything that works, request some assistance. Go to a store that carries styles you generally like, and ask a salesperson for his or her take on your situation. Be upfront about what you like and what you want to hide, and don’t be afraid of the feedback you get, just respond in accordance and you’ll probably end up with something you like.
Image: Stylist Casey Paul (left) with Boutique owner Ellie Fisher and Designer Abbie Curtis (right) fitting the Chloe bikini.
8. When you think you have found the right one, take the straps of the swim suit and try to pull them up to your ears
If they reach your earlobes or anywhere below that, it is a good fit. (This is only for racing suits or practice suits.)
Image: Model Ally happy with her purchase for the smaller bust wearing our enhancing Mya bikini
- Bathing suit sizes tend to be very different from, and more traditional than most clothing. In many cases, you may go up a size or two in a swimsuit without it actually meaning anything other than that the swimsuit fits you well.
- Swimsuits tend to enlarge a bit when wet, so make sure that your swimsuit is not already too large when you buy it. You definitely don’t want to lose it when you dive into a pool! It can also cling unflatteringly in wrinkled rolls when wet if it’s too large, giving the impression of extra weight.
- Don’t presume that just because a swimsuit is more expensive that it is better. The only way to tell if it’s going to work for you is by trying it on and moving about.
- Always be honest with yourself about your swimsuit fit. If your skin is bulging anywhere, you may need to try a larger size. In most cases, a larger size will be more flattering precisely because skin isn’t hanging out.
- Take a trusted friend to the shops with you to try swimsuits on to get a second, honest opinion.
- Always use colors that give your skin tone compliments, for instance if you have a darker skin tone, lighter colors will enhance your complexion.
- If you are looking for good, affordable triangle tops, try shopping at Old Navy. They are of good quality, and a variety of colors are available.
- As long as you feel comfortable in the swimsuit, don’t worry about what other people think. If you don’t feel comfortable, even though people say that that is the right swimsuit for your shape, don’t wear it.
- Don’t follow fashion trends if they don’t flatter your body type. This year’s swimsuit fad isn’t a determining factor when choosing a swimsuit––your body type and comfort is.