Winter sun holidays are on the rise as more and more of us opt for sunnier climes over traditional ski holidays during the cold, winter months. And why not? Lack of sunshine is a key contributor to the winter blues so really it’s only healthy to head to the beach!
However, somehow the thought of stripping down to our swimwear seems so much more daunting when we’ve been covering up in jeans and woolly jumpers for months – especially if it’s not long after the Christmas (over)indulgence.
But that’s why we’ve got shaping swimwear! Here are some fabulous figure-flattering styles to help give you confidence on the beach this winter.
The Tuscany Spot swimsuit from Figleaves has to be one of our favourite shaping styles – cute polka dots, great colour combos and a super flattering design – and we love that the retailer renews the style each season. This navy and cream version with its bright orange sash has just the right feel for the time of year. Available in sizes 8-18 for just £35 from Figleaves.com.
We love the colour of this Rialto swimsuit from shapewear experts Miraclesuit. It will cinch you in at the waist but the clever ruched central section means the shaping effect won’t be obvious and the suit will sit beautifully flat across your hips. The swimsuit also has a built-in bra to give you a great bust shape. Available in sizes 10-18 for £119 from Simplybeach.com.
The Veronica swimsuit from Panache has had a smart new navy update for autumn/winter 2013 and we think it’s looking great. A good swimsuit for fuller busts – it goes up to a K cup – Veronica has a tummy control panel and subtle ruching for a slimming effect. The swimsuit is cup sized from 30-38 D-K and is available for £48 from Figleaves.com.
Speedo Sculpture combines Speedo’s swimwear expertise with great shaping properties for swimsuits that look and feel good and are practical for swimming in. The brand’s Premiere SimplyGlow swimsuit comes in a lovely purple print this season and has a flattering wrap around front that adds to the waist-slimming effect. Buy for £52 in sizes 32-46 from simplyswim.com.
Fringed swimwear was the hottest trend of the summer and it’s not going anywhere as far as we can see. The fringing on this great Splendour Bandeau Tassel Swimsuit from Marisota is cleverly placed to help hide any Christmas over-indulgence while the tummy control cinches you in. Buy for £35.50 in sizes 12-26 from Marisota.