How to Look Good at the Gym

To say that stripping down to the equivalent of your underwear to be appropriately dressed on holiday is stressful, is an understatement.

Do not worry, help is at hand.

I’ve put together this useful swimwear buying guide to help you. You’ll love this if you are already panicking about feeling confident poolside this summer.


Small bust

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FIGLEAVES Del Rey Soft Halter Tummy Control Swimsuit £40.00


To add volume to your chest look for a bikini top, tankini or swimsuit with ruffles or frills (easy this year as ruffles are IN).

Triangle bikini tops look great on a smaller chest as do plunging necklines (much neater than having boobs poking out of the sides!)

And of course if you really want to add volume, choose swimwear with in-built padding – although you’ll have to deal with the dry-time after a dip.



Large bust

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FANTASIE Versailles Underwired Full Cup Bikini Top £35.00


Always always choose swimwear that comes in a cup size. They are widely available now both with and without underwire, so it’s easier than ever to be securely held in place.

Avoid fuss, frills and ruffles on the bust which will only add more bulk.

Darker colours minimise so a great option is to wear a plain dark coloured bikini top or tankini with a lighter coloured or patterned bottom.




Wobbly tummy

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Palm Springs Underwired Strapping Tummy Control Swimsuit £42.00


SO many swimsuits have in-built tummy control these days. The key is finding one that is easy to get in and out of and that doesn’t hold you in so tightly that you are uncomfortable. I have a Fantasie swimsuit from a few years back that has proper cups and tummy control and is uber-comfortable.

Flat bottom

FIGLEAVES Amelie Skirted Brief £18.00


Try bikini bottoms with frills or ruffles which will add bulk to give the illusion of a more curvy bottom and wearing a small to medium print will have a similar effect.







Big bottom

FANTASIE Versailles Deep Gathered Control Brief £25.00



Choose a dark colour in a plain fabric. No fuss, frills or embellishment. If you do wear a print make it medium to large.





 Heavy thighs?

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FIGLEAVES Lima Classic Brief £16.00



A higher cut leg gives the illusion of a longer slimmer leg. If this feels too risqué go for something lower cut but not a boy-shorts style which will cut off your thighs in the wrong place, making them look thicker.








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Final Tip!
I always think that trying on swimwear is an activity made easier when you order on-line and try on in your own home. You are MUCH more likely to get a great fit and be sure you are making a good choice when you aren’t stuffed into a too-small-with-terrible-lighting cubicle and you can try on with your favorite sarong.

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