Bikini Fit Guide
Different types of styles and designs will fit and flatter your figure differently; the key is to balance your proportions and use shapes, colours, prints and aesthetic details to direct the eyes. Use the tips below for suggestions on how to emphasise or minimise your features using different styles and prints.
- Try on a variety of different styles. Step outside of your comfort zone, as you may find something new!
- If you're choosing between two sizes, go for the smaller one. Bikini bands and bottoms will expand when wet.
- Ties and adjustable straps can be used to fit the bikini to your body. Tie slightly tighter than you think you need.
- Find a great fit. Confidence will come from a great fit and a silhouette that flatters your figure. Bra-sized bikinis can lift and shape the bust and give you the support and shape you want -- and separates! All bikinis at LACE are sold as separates so you can get the size you need in the style you want.
Choose styles with less coverage at the bust, such as plunging necklines, and look for padding or push-ups, bold prints and colours, embellishments and lacing, twisted fronts or ruffles can add the look of volume to the bust. Halterneck styles can bring the breasts inwards to give the appearance of fullness and cleavage.
Bra-sized bikinis and styles with underwires will give you the support that you need. Styles with wider and adjustable shoulder/neck straps will help lift and shape a large or heavy bust. Traditional shoulder straps and styles allowing you to criss-cross the straps will give the most support. Keep in mind padding is not just for small busts; it can offer support and shaping for any size.
Showcase your waist with high-cut briefs and a low to classic rise at the waist. Embellished bottoms or styles with gathers, pleats or belt details at the waist will draw the eye inwards.
To reduce the waist, high-waist and fold over bottoms give you extra coverage on the tummy. Styles with vertical details like seaming or colour blocking panels can give the illusion of a narrower waist by lengthening it. Also, plunging necklines or push up style bikini tops can draw attention away from the waist towards the bust.
HIPS & BOTTOM: EMPHASISE
Styles that are low rise or have waist or hip embellishments, patterned bands, solid bottoms, reduced coverage bottoms like a tanga or Brazilian cut, bright colours and bold prints can bring more attention to your bottom.
HIPS & BOTTOM: MINIMISE
Briefs and skirts with more coverage, and tops that draw attention away from the hips can minimise your bottom. Choose solid colours, and consider trying higher cut leg openings as they can slim the hips by making the legs look longer, rather than trying to cover up. Bikini tops with wider shoulder straps, shoulder detailing or bandeau style necklines can balance the figure, making your shoulders look more broad, minimising attention to your hips and bottom. Styles with soft waistbands, fold over tops and ruched sides will not cut in and can be more flattering on fuller hips.
Styles with full and wide coverage on the hip can create a shorter looking leg. Boyleg shorts and styles with skirted bottoms will reduce the amount of leg shown and can visually shorten the leg line. Also, try the tips above for lengthening your torso to balance proportions without creating a shorter looking leg.