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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.

Bikini’s at the Ready

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┬áI am currently on hyper excitement mode for my up coming holiday, even though I’m not going until September I can’t help be really excited. Having already mentally packed most of my outfits the one huge hurdle yet to tackle is beachwear. Now it’s only July and most people I know tend to go away in July / August, yet can I find a bikini on the High Street? No. I really think retailers need to wise up to how people shop and stop trying to push us to buy out of season. Do I take any pleasure in rummaging for matching top and bottoms in River Islands sale mess? I do not. I turned to shopping online, which was better plenty of places still had stock and clicking away at the mouse was a lot less stressful.

In the midst of all this I was asked if I wanted to review the new Panache swimwear collection. I won’t like I literally squealed at this news. I already really like the brand, their molded t-shirt bras have been my go to for years so I knew I would be getting quality and most importantly properly fitted bikini tops. Nothing worse for us big busted girls than the meager offerings of a tiny triangle of fabric. I’ve been there done that with a boob flashing at the pool incident, yes I was mortified. Even more so because my parents found it hilarious and teased me about it the entire week. Ah teen angst! So to avoid more mental scarring I have never been all that adventurous in the swimwear department. I have one black cossie which I pull out should the chance of myself and a pool coming in contact ever crop up. Not really representing my fashion obsessed self I know. I’ve not been on a holiday for what feels like forever so this year I was determined to have a wow bikini.

Panach didn’t disappoint, they have a gorgeous range which included mix and match bikini tops and bottoms as well as swimsuits. The choice was so good I had trouble choosing and I am already planning going back to buy another. In the end I chose the Savannah Moulded Balconnet Bikini top and Savannah Folded pant.

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I thought it had a real pin-up style to it, with the wide straps and bow. The colours are nice and vibrant too. But of course the fit is what is most important. I can happily say I find the bikini top has the same fit as my other Panache bra which is great when shopping online. It is fully supporting and I will feel confidant swimming in this as well as lounging around by the pool. The bikini bottoms I would say fit on the small size, Im not sure if I should have gone a size up as they don’t quite sit right on me. I usually go for a high waist brief so it could just be the wrong style for me. Any way even if I just wear the top with shorts I will be more than happy as it is such a great fit. The do have a gorgeous high waist bikini in the Tallulah range which I am going to see if I can buy online, you can see the full range on the Panache website.

Savannah Moulded Balconnet Bikini Top and Folded Pant - Gypsy Print

┬áBecause they are all kinds of awesome I was also sent an amazing O.P.I Euro Central nail varnish set and some nail decal transfers from YRNails.com so I can create nail art to match my bikini, how cute is that! I didn’t want to open the nail varnishes, I wanted to save them for when I go away – yes I am THAT girl. But I did try out two of the decals, mainly because I wasn’t quite sure how they worked. Turns out they are super easy to use, my only tip would be to cut out as close as you can to the design as the backing is quite thick. I tried out the Palm tree and Butterfly designs on top of the mani-pedi I already had which is Chanel Frenzy and Azure. I think they are just perfect for the beach (and basically any other occasion), the Palm tree is my personal favourite. I also got Anchors and Bikinis which will be so much fun to try out.

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What do you think, have you tried out Panache?

Trends: Look stylish on the beach this spring/summer

Look stylish on the beach this spring/summer ÔÇô opt for cool, simple separates

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ItÔÇÖs almost the peak summer season and understandably youÔÇÖre fretting about what is going to make you look glam on the beach. It feels like forever since youÔÇÖve worn your ladies swimwear and now youÔÇÖre thinking of the best way to feel beach confident. DonÔÇÖt feel like you have to bare all when on the beach, La Redoute can show you how simple separates can make you feel confident, yet beach ready.

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Possibly the number one beach essential you need ÔÇô apart from a swimsuit ÔÇô is a kaftan or tunic. When heading for a quick bite to eat after swimming in the pool or sea, the last thing you want to do is go back to the hotel and completely change. A loose fitting, lengthy kaftan, tunic or maxi dress is perfect for throwing over swimwear when youÔÇÖve dried off. These can come in a range of styles and patterns too so they can achieve a range of looks. Embellished and sequin designs can be thrown on for an evening where you need not be uber glamourous. Even though a kaftan or tunic is semi casual, the patterns and added extras ensures that you will look ready for your evening out. Cotton kaftans and tunics look great in the day when shopping and lunch on the go is on the agenda. The cool cotton material guarantees that you will keep cool in the summer heat. If you feel uncomfortable simple wearing a long tunic or kaftan, opt for shorter styles and wear with linen shorts.

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If you are simply lounging around the pool on your holiday, a loose slash neck t shirt teamed with denim shorts are perfect summer separates to cover up when the sun dips behind the clouds. These items create a laid back bohemian feel, especially when teamed with chunky jewellery, feather earrings and a headband. Add gladiator sandals to complete the look.

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For the evening, step away from the long dresses you always wear and instead opt for cool, simple separates. In order to stand out from the crowd, team crisp linen trousers with a bright top in a jewel or coral tone. Add wedges to add height and oversized jewelled earrings to add glamour. If you would prefer a sleeker silhouette, tuck a simple vest top into your linen pants for a streamlined effect. In this instance, navy works well with white linen trousers. Add an oversized sun hat for Riviera chic. For a sailor chick look, add a striped Breton top.

These separates can be interchanged and incorporated into different outfits and this is ideal for those who have limited packing space. The tunic you can just throw on after the pool can be teamed with the denim shorts mentioned earlier to create an evening look and the linen trousers can be worn with a strappy top during the day if the weather dips.

(Images – 1. Vogue.com, 2, 3, 4 laredoute.co.uk)