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Its that time of year again, dreaded for so many of us, yep no more hiding under winter layers here comes summer! If you are anything like me the thought of wearing a bikini leaves me cold, but if you learn how to dress for your size and shape there is no reason why you can’t be confidant and chic on the beach. There are several body shape categories we’re all said to fall into. Finding out which shape you are and dressing for that shape is key especially when it comes to finding the most flattering beachwear.

Apple Shapes

Apple shapes carry most of their weight around their middle and tend to have slimmer legs. Since the main issue with the shape is the illusion of having no waist, your main aim is to really emphasis and define your waist. Belts are fabulous for doing this and draw the eye to the smallest part of your waist.

For holiday wear choose a light floaty top and cropped pants that will show off your great legs Pretty belted summer dresses, A line skirts, contrast detailing on tops, wrap dresses and soft peplum style tops will show off your best assets while concealing a larger stomach and creating a waist. Tankini’s with a printed front and black contrast side panels will flatter, giving the illusion of a slimmer torso.

The Hour Glass

Think Marilyn Monroe, a smaller waist with large hips and bust. The hour glass can be quite hard to dress because of the contours of your body. Accentuating your waist and finding clothes to fit your bust and hips are key with this shape.

Holidaywear for the hour glass figure is anything that is form fitting, however the lower tummy can still be an issue for curvy girls. You’ll need a great bikini or swimsuit ┬áGeorge’s range of swimwear is fantastic as they let you mix and match tops and bottoms to suit. Add to that pretty, wrap dresses, playsuits, plus high rise trousers and pencil skirts. Avoid floaty and fussy fabrics or they’ll can make you look matronly and hide your killer figure.

Pear Shaped

If you have large hips, larger thighs, a small waist and chest, then you’re what is called a pear shape. It’s the most common of shapes around but despite that some pear shapes often find it hard to find trousers to fit their ample hips and small waists. The key with pear shapes is to balance the top and bottom halves of the body. This can easily be done by wearing lighter colours on top and darker colours below, a trick which automatically slims the bottom half.

Athletic

Athletic figures tend to be in proportion or slim all over but can lack definition around the waist, bust and hips. Wearing fun separates such as shorts with t-shirts or loose blouses will look great, using key accessories such as necklaces and statement earrings can add interest without drawing the eye to a specific body area. Athletic figures can really carry prints so go loud and proud on the beach with the hottest photographic printed swimwear.

Great holiday choices are full skirts and dresses, belts to show off your tiny waist, detailed tops and plain bottoms and dresses that are dark on the bottom and patterned or lighter coloured on top. Padded or halterneck swimwear is best for this shape, any bikini tops with details such as ruffles can balance out your figure too.

Whatever shape or size you are, if you work what you have to the best of your advantage, you’re sure to create some amazing holiday looks this summer. Giving you both confidence and style on the beach, by the pool or exploring the resort. Big is beautiful after all.

What to Wear with Nike Dunks?

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┬áNow I know these aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I have to say I lurrrve me some Nike Dunks. I got this pair last year (the exact style has sold out but there are plenty of alternatives)┬áthe thing is I’ve not really worn them as much as I’d like. I struggle to find anything to go with them other than gym kit and they aren’t really practical for the gym, so what to do? Here are some ‘slebs look cool and all but they seem to all go for a Dunks-jeans combo and we all know I don’t do jeans, alas the woes of being 5.2”. Will let you know if I figure these out or if they start gathering dust!

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Summer Styling with Gray and Osbourn

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Wearing: Betty Barclay jacket, vintage t-shirt and jeans, Rupert Sanderson heels

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Ronen Chen chiffon cocoon dress, Keds sneakers

I had a lot of fun with my mum over Mothers Day, Gray and Osbourn sent over some of their summer collection for us to style up. Here are the looks I created and you can see how my mum style it soon in part 2. The key pieces we chose are the striped Betty Barclay jacket which has a Breton stripe edged in a pop of hot pink and the Ronen Chen dress which has a fabulous floaty chiffon layer in khaki shades. We felt both pieces are the perfect options for summer as you could easily dress them up or down. My mum and I both have very similar styles and have a fair few identical pieces in our wardrobes. I only wish she had saved more of her old clothes as she is forever telling me ‘I used to have one of those’. I don’t often wear jeans but the one pair I will never throw out are my mums old Wranglers, super high waist and perfect fit. Here I paired the jeans and jacket with an old tshirt and chic red heels. For the dress I went for a festival vibe and simply kicked on my ancient Keds.

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Such a shoe selection!

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The finishing touches, Lime Crime Velvetines are my new staple red lip, utterly smudge proof they last all day.