Wearing swimwear is both daunting and stressful, you want to look and feel good whilst of course wearing stylish pieces that aren’t dated. Michelle Mone is on hand to help.
The Ultimo founder knows a thing or two about finding flattering and supportive swimwear that will leave you feeling confident on the beach or around the pool.
Here she shares her essential tips.
Any good swimwear brand will size by cups, so think of swimwear as an extension of your lingerie drawer - make sure that it fits properly! It is vital for a woman to be expertly fitted on a regular basis, and I recommend every six months. Once you know the right size, then it’s easy for you to try on different shapes and strap solutions. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance and let the experts advise on the best styles to boost your assets.
Swimwear is similar to a good pair of jeans - you have to try on a lot before you find one that's "just right." If you think a bikini is the only way to look sexy on the beach, think again; a great tankini or one-piece that shows less skin can be equally flattering and look just as hot. There’s also lots of trickery nowadays, from gel cups to add a little boost to slimming mesh panels to streamline your silhouette. Experiment with various shapes and styles no matter how young or old you are.
I’m all for experimenting with colour. Bold shades look just beautiful in the sunshine and can really highlight a gorgeous golden tan. Be brave and go bright!
Don’t forget to look at yourself from the back, beware of saggy bottoms or briefs that disappear when you walk - that’s not a good look. The backside view counts as much as the front, especially in swimwear!
I think every woman should invest in a good quality one piece as a basic summer staple. It’s a timeless piece, and although trends may come and go, this classic shape never goes out of style and will reappear in your suitcase year after year.
If you just don’t feel comfortable stripping off and shopping for swimwear in store, why not browse online? There’s a lot to choose from out there so be adventurous, as you might be surprised at what suits! Order what takes your fancy or the styles that you like, and try them on in the luxury of your own home. Although make sure to check return or exchange policies on everything you purchase online beforehand so that you can return whatever you don’t like.
The glamour stakes on the beach have shot up in recent years, with the increase in popularity of glam destinations like Marbella & Ibiza – so remember to accessorise and look out for lovely detailing in swimwear like brushed gold accents that add a little touch of luxury.
Make the best of what you've got. So, you don't have the body of a swimsuit model - don’t get stressed because nobody’s perfect and most people don’t. Downplay your less-loved parts and focus on what you do have, accentuate those bits and you’ll feel a million dollars no matter where you are soaking up the sun this summer.