Swimwear style guide

Learn the lowdown on halter necks verses triangles, bandeaus verses balconies to uncover the swimwear style for you….

Bandeau



A bandeau swimsuit often comes with removable straps and is a great go to if you want to minimise tan lines. There’s a common misconception that a bandeau only works for small busts. Not true. It’s great for all shapes and sizes and there are many supportive cup sized options to choose from.


Halter neck



Halter neck swimsuits have a tie or fastening at the neck. They draw the eye upwards and are super flattering for all but especially if you have broad shoulders.


Shaping



These days thanks to technological advancements there are many levels and types of control features – from strategically placed panels to flatten the tummy to full on Miraclesuit all over firm shaping. Look out for sculpting side ruching and power mesh lining.


Sports



If you are as likely to be swimming lanes as hitting the loungers why not opt for a swim style that looks great and feels great whatever the activity. Look for functional features including a relatively high neck and wide straps along with non wiring for comfort and security. Then layer on the style with a vibrant print. If you are a serious swimmer, you may want to look for a specialised sports suit as a regular suit may fade over time.


Halter neck



Halter neck tops have a tie or fastening at the neck and draw the eye upwards. They are supportive and super flattering for all but especially if you have broad shoulders, or to balance your figure if you are pear shaped should you wish to do so.


Bandeau



A bandeau top often comes with removable straps so you can switch it up according to your mood and tan lines. There’s a common misconception that a bandeau only works for small busts. Not true. It’s great for all shapes and sizes and there are many supportive cup sized options to choose from. If you do want to give the appearance of more cleavage try ruched or twisted fronts.


Triangle



Generally offering minimal coverage and support and tying at the neck and the back. Which makes them ideal for smaller busts and tan seekers. If you have a bigger bust but love the style try one with a fixed underband and back fastening rather than a string version.


High neck



High neck styles have emerged as a major trend over the past couple of seasons and provide a statement sporty look. They suit all bust types as supportive cup size options are available as well as more unstructured styles.


Balcony



Balcony tops have a relatively horizontal shape across the top and wide set straps. They are often underwired and provide uplift and support and so are great for larger cup sizes. Not so suitable if you have a narrow frame.


Tankini



If you want a little extra coverage and an alternative to a swimsuit – perhaps you are different size on top and bottom or have a long body – a tankini is the shape for you. Many feature integral bras and cups and a fixed underbust band so offer great support.


CLASSIC



Classic bikini bottoms offer good rear coverage and are ideal for anyone, whatever your shape.


TIE SIDE



Tie side bikini bottoms have tie sides that are generally adjustable making them a flexible fit option. They offer light coverage and suit all body shapes.


HIGH WAISTED



High waisted bottoms are this season’s most on trend shape and combine a retro look with flattering coverage. Some feature control and they look great on all body shapes.


Laura Barrett

Having styled for celebrity magazine shoots and written for many lifestyle brands, Figleaves Content Editor Laura Barrett is on hand to offer fashion news, style inspiration, trend updates and collection reviews.