Whether it's a one-piece, bikini or tankini, the trick to feeling confident in a cossie is to choose a style that suits your body shape.
So if you're curvy and full-figured or stick-thin and boyish, don't fret! We've called on the swimsuit experts at Baku Australia to help you pick the perfect cossie.
Are you an hourglass?
Lucky you! You can wear almost any type of swimwear and look good. It's all about how much skin you want to show and what areas you want to play up or down. If you're on the slimmer side with a small bust, the classic triangle bikini with skimpy tie side looks great. For ladies with a larger bust, a halter style offers more support and coverage.
Women with pear shape bodies tend to carry weight around the hips and thighs. When picking a cossie, the goal is to balance proportions by broadening the shoulders to balance the hips.
Bandeaus are best for creating an even look and can make small busts look bigger by widening shoulders.
Halters are a great option too as they slim the lower half by drawing attention upward to your face.
We all know black makes you look thinner but patterns work even better! All-over prints keep eyes wandering to ensure no single part of the body is focused on and distract eyes from any lumps and bumps!
When size matters…
Want to enhance a small bust? Look for tops with padding or moulded cups to give you shape.
Triangle bras are perfect as they have an inbuilt boost in the cup to give the appearance of a fuller bust. Have fun with frills and ruffles as these are great for creating more shape in the chest.
Or if you're looking to balance out a bigger bust, opt for a halter with a band of fabric under the bust. Look for bras with wider coverage under the arm to give you more freedom of movement and to ensure you won't hang out in all the wrong places!
Cross back options are another great choice for a bigger bust as they provide excellent support. Avoid ruching, frills and ties on top as this will only draw further attention to your chest and make it appear fuller. Instead, try a frilled hipster or belted style pants to draw eyes away from your upper-half.
If you've got broad shoulders, avoid block colours and wear feminine suits with flirty details like bows, ruffles or ties which will help to create visual curves and girly glamour. Cute spots, florals and delicate lingerie-inspired styles also help soften a more athletic frame.
Women with apple shape bodies tend to carry weight around the middle. Look for styles with flattering ruching through the stomach area and at the sides which will give the appearance of definition to the waistline. Halter styles and swimsuits with a deep V are great for creating visual length and drawing the eye upwards towards your most flattering features - your bust, neckline, shoulders and face.
For more info and to see the latest styles, check out bakuaustralia.com.au