How To Buy The Right Bikini For Your Shape

Conscious of your tummy or wanna get the appearance of a bigger bust? Our fashion ed Linda Conway shares her top tips for bikini-shopping success.

Topshop halterneck

Linda’s top tips for pool-side style

  • Mix and match different tops and briefs.
  • Have a few staple bikinis in your suitcase.
  • Added natural fibre accessories, like wooden bangles.
  • Remember your sun hat, sunnies and SPF!

You’re on the hunt for the perf bikini, but it’s haaaaaard isn’t it? You’re gonna be next-to-naked while soaking up those rays on the beach or sun-worshiping by the hotel pool, so naturally you wanna look your absolute best.

Well panic not girlfriend, cos our fashion ed Linda Conway is on hand with some smart tips for finding the most flattering fit, to make bikini shopping just that little bit more simple.

If you’re rocking a smaller bust

If you wanna make a smaller bust look bigger then making a statement is key. “Feel free to wear lots of frills, detailing and embellishments,” recommends Linda. “It’ll add drama.”

statement print bikini topshop


€38, Topshop

If you’re big up top

“Support is essential,” says Linda. “A halter neck is ideal, and a thicker strap will keep things in proportion.” The thick braided strap on this Topshop number should keep everything in place.

Braided haltherneck bikini topshop

€18, Topshop

If you’re dressing broad shoulders

“Halter necks are really good for breaking up your upper body,” says Linda. “They’ll help the area appear neater.” We love this one from New Look.

New Look Floral Halter Neck Bikini

€24.83, New Look

If you’re tummy-conscious

“High-waisted is a great option,” Linda explains, “while bottoms with ruching or a belt detail will accentuate the waist and draw attention away from the tummy.” Don’t wanna opt for plain black? We love the aztec print on these River Island bottoms.

River Island High Waisted Brief

€19, River Island

If you’ve got a short torso

A fast way to make the area from your bust to your navel appear longer and leaner? Just opt for a pair of low cut briefs, says Linda. They’ll sit lower on your hips, meaning they elongate your frame and make you appear slimmer.

Low cut briefs New Look

€11.44, New Look