Swim in Style

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  • Heidi Klein @ Harvey Nichols- Dubai

Did you know that there are eight body shapes that women are categorised into? There’s straight, pear, spoon, hourglass, top hourglass, inverted triangle, oval and diamond. The universal question every woman spends her life wondering is what category does she belong to. Apart from trying to decipher what shape we fit into, the female population has other concerns such as cellulite, scars, long and short torsos, etc. With the arrival of summer, women often wonder how to invest in swimwear that would complement their figure. To help,
Shweta Bhatia has come up with a guide to shop for the right bathing suit

Heidi Klein @ Harvey Nichols- Dubai

Heidi Klein @ Harvey Nichols- Dubai


Spending a day at the beach or by the pool can be one of the best ways to beat the heat. With the long stretch of harsh summer months here in the Gulf, it’s only fair that women need an ample stock of bathing suits for their time under the sun. Sure, we all wish that we were a part of the Baywatch ensemble but realities
of life without a personal trainer and with a full time job can be just the opposite. But that should be no reason to stop having our fair share of fun in the sun. Here are some factors that should be taken into consideration when shopping for swimwear:

The best option for a woman with a smaller chest is to go for a suit with embellishments or ruffles on the top. This will give the illusion of a larger chest and will also fall better on your body. Alternatively, you could also try suits with padding if you are looking for something extra.




This is a common concern for most women. The key is to get a suit without it looking controversial. Ladies falling into this category should not go for string bikinis. Also, many suits that come in ‘L’ cup sizes is not the answer.
Always go for a suit with an underwire. This will offer all the support that is needed. Additionally, go for swimwear with thicker suit straps and doublestitched bands for more flattering results.

When wearing a bikini, opt for bottoms in bright colours and loud prints to try and distract from a flatter behind. If the preference is a full suit, then choose low backs and bright colours. This will also enhance the style element.

If you have the Kim Kardashian syndrome, then string bikinis and high cut swim wear can be uncomfortable and often revealing. Purchase a suit that has enough fabric in that area and dark in colour. Also look for designs with solid bottoms and printed tops, which will help balance the proportion.

A loyal friend who doesn’t discriminate between any kind of body type, cellulite is known to all women. If this is a prime concern then look for swim dresses and tankinis with longer hemlines to keep those unsightly dimples under wraps.

A common problem for most women is the perpetual bulging tummy. Hiding a tummy is actually much easier than most women think. A full-piece with ruching can help conceal your stomach and so can a peplum costume.

At the end of it, whatever the body concern, remember to enjoy yourself and carry sunscreen. After all, it’s going to be a long summer!