Fio dental, that’s what the Brazilians call their itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis! In England we’d say dental floss…eek! Now I’m not suggesting for one micro minute that you go out and get yourself a thong bikini BUT there’s something in that adage less is more when it comes to bikinis as I discovered while living in Rio de Janeiro road testing swimwear.
Smaller bikini bottoms make your bottom look smaller. And a bigger bikini top gives the illusion of smaller hips. Try it next time you order a bikini online – get one in your size plus a smaller bottoms and larger top and be prepared to be very surprised. I have to say this rule mainly works with the more popular halter neck bikini tops and tie side bottoms which also tend to be the most flattering style as you can loosen the ties to fit and so avoid that bikini bottoms muffin top that one can sometimes get in the briefs style of bikini bottoms.
I find the triangle halter top with spaghetti straps is a good style for the young and small breasted like this By Caprice Stud Triangle Top.
Thicker halter straps are much more flattering and supportive for ladies with bigger bazoomas (C cup and up) and again the thicker straps balance out the hips like this O’Neill Lokka Bikini Set. This style is great for pear shapes as are patterned tops and plain bottoms.
Ladies with a more majestic pair (DD and up) may want to go for a balconette style bikini top. The underwiring gives a bit more support and the structure of the cups separate those lovelies. I love this Freya Eden Balcony Bra.
Those with a straight up and down figure should look for padded, push up bras to accentuate their womanly bits like this by Pour Moi.
Those lucky ladies with the hourglass shape can wear all styles so why not go for something that attracts attention like this cool Sequin Frill Halter Bikini Set by Resort.
If you want to be bang on trend and don’t care about those pesky tanlines you must go for a swimsuit. Now I’d love to wear one of those strappy cozzies with the keyhole sides but I’m a size 12 (14 top and 10 bottoms in a bikini mind!) and not quite as firm as I once was so I know that me in one would be like putting jelly in a net bag. Ewwww! Oozing out the sizes is not a look one should be channelling at the beach. But my god if you have a lean figure there should be no stopping you. Try this By Caprice Sahara Swimsuit.
The rest of us will do well in a sleek one piece with high cut legs in a strong colour. This by Resort is perfect.
Apple shapes looking for a swimsuit need look no further than this gorgeous number by Resort. Very French Riviera, very chic. Another option is a swimsuit that has dark panels at the sides and a lighter centre panel like this by Resort. It’s great for straight up and down girls too.
Pear shapes should look for something with detail or pattern at the top half of their cozzie and I’ve found the perfect one piece by Resort. Don’t forget your sheer kaftan like this by Oasis and a fabulous pair of wedges by Love Label for sundowners at the beach bar at the end of the day.