Find the Perfect Swimsuit For Your Shape

Are you ready to hit the beach this summer? Along with the excitement of sunny weather, salty hair and the sand between your toes, comes another daunting prospect – swimsuit shopping. For most of us, it can be a very stressful experience.

So to help you overcome your fears and find the perfect cossie this season, no matter what you’re shape, we’ve got some top tips from Baku Australia designer Tamara Bykerk.
And PS. Check out their gorgeous new range in the Gallery below!


• Don’t go it alone. Use the buddy system. Take a trusted friend along who will give you honest opinions and good advice.
• Before you go shopping, take the time to really look at your body. Identify your best assets and weak areas. Be realistic to avoid hating every swimsuit you try on. Settle on being the best you can be!
• Invest in separates. Separates give you the versatility of selecting a look and fit that is perfect for you- you can mix sizes and styles and separates are a great way to mix up prints and solids.
• Keep an open mind. Take the time to try on lots of options even if you have a particular style or colour in mind.
• The single most important rule for swimsuit shopping is BALANCE! You want your bottom half and top half to balance out and your body to look proportional.
• Once you find the perfect swimsuit and you’re ready to hit the beach in style, remember to be confident and smile. It flatters every woman.


The Hourglass

• If you’re on the slimmer side with a modest bust then the classic triangle bikini styles will look wonderful on you. To keep your hourglass look pair this with a skimpy tie side pant.
• Those with a larger bust should go for a halter style which will offer more support and coverage. The halter top will provides you with the lift you need and it visually minimizes a larger bust.
• Bandeau bra’s and the new 50’s balconette styles also look great on the hourglass figures
• Try the new Hi-Waisted style pants which will shape your silhouette beautifully

Triangle Body Shape

• Choose a swimsuit to direct attention to the upper half of your body - halter and bandeau styles help balance full hips.
• Bandeau bras are fantastic for creating an overall even look. Bandeaus can make small busts look bigger and sexy halters are a great option too, as they will draw attention upward.
• Look for suits with shapely necklines and bust detailing. Wide set shoulder straps or straps that create a ‘V’ also help create the illusion of broader shoulders.
• Low cut briefs increase the distance between the bust and hips, creating a visually looking longer torso and therefore slimming
• A tankini is flattering as it makes the middle section appear longer and slimmer.
• Colours can have an important visual slimming effect. Everyone knows black makes you look thinner but patterns work even better. All-over printed suits are optically tummy trimming and help hide any bulges by distracting eyes from lumps and bumps!
• If you want to enhance a small bust look for tops with padding or moulded cups. The Baku moulded triangle bras are perfect for achieving this as they have an inbuilt boost in the cup which will give the shape and appearance of a fuller bust – no wonder this is one of Baku’s best selling shapes!
• An underwire with a padded cup like Baku’s Bra701 or the new 50’s style Balconette bra’s are also great options to enhance the look of a smaller bust.
• Frills and ruffles can also give the appearance of more shape in the bust – try Baku’s Frill Triangle Bra if you prefer the triangle styles

Rectangle Body Shape

• The main goal with this body type is to produce curves
• The trick is to wear feminine suits with flirty details like bows, ruffles or ties which will help to create visual curves and girly glamour. Cute spots also help soften boyish bodies as do bold prints like florals. The Lingerie inspired prints and styles will also beautifully balance out a more athletic frame. Avoid solid colour
• One-pieces are sleek, sexy and sophisticated and great for giving shape to your body. Monokinis are great as the cut-out side details further create the illusion of curves.
• If you prefer a bikini, one with a belt or little details at the hip will help you fake a waist. So belted hipsters or tie sides are a great option. For a tankini, choose one that is cropped at the belly button level to draw the waistline in.
• If you want to look bigger in the bust, apart from a bandeau look, go for moulded tops, which are less obvious than padded push-ups- they’ll never know! Also look for gathering, ruffles or frills on top that will enhance your breasts, as do all-over patterns…
• Go for it and flaunt it as not everyone can!

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