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Swim Fit Guide

Tips for Choosing the right swimsuit for your body shape

Here are some great pointers to guide you through your selection process when exploring which swimsuit might be great for you.

Do you have a ...Full Bust?

Support your curves and look for hidden underwire, convertible & adjustable straps so you can customise your fit and desired look. Having an extra panel of fabric that comes around the side of the bust is always amazing and helps to keep your bust projected forward and held in.

For a fuller bust remove any optional soft cups to allow the fabric to stretch offering more depth in the cup. Tops that have a tie at neck and back often allow you to upsize! Meaning a size 10D lady can wear a size 12 regular fit top or a 10DD lady can also fit into a 12D top when it offers nice thick back and neck ties. This works best when the neck ties start from under your arm and go up the side of the cups.

Look for boning for side cup support or flattering wrap front or sweetheart neckline detail.

Do you have a ...Smaller Bust?

Moulded bras add shape and enhance the bust. ‘L’ shape padding or removable ‘cookies’ (pads) on the inside of a moulded cup will help to give a more natural looking boost or if your favourite top does not offer extra padding, slip in a couple of ‘beach busts’ (available in our accessories menu) to give a natural and comfortable oomph!

An all over print works well on a smaller bust as does pleats and ruffles as it creates volume without padding to increase the appearance of the bust size.

Do you have a ...Petite Shape?

Cheeky boylegs and hipster pants with a trim or frill detail give slim hips more shape. Embrace the current high waisted pant trend if you have a long torso or try a spunky cut out one piece and accentuate your small waist.

Padded halter bras accentuate the cleavage and show off your shoulders. Match it all back with an oversized pair of Sunnies and a great beach hat for the ultimate beach chic look.

Do you have a ...Full figured Shape?

If you like to cover up, a well-cut one piece with detail at the bust and a flattering leg line is best for this figure type as One Pieces tend to slim down the tummy and hips offering shaping and a streamlined look.

If you prefer the flexibility of a singlet top. Look for styles with ruching to camouflage your tummy area and a nice comfortable higher waisted pant to slim the hips underneath your singlet. Plenty of brands also offer added support with ‘Power Mesh’, a great quick drying firm lining that draws in the tummy and supports the bust or some are even made from super firming fabric with higher lycra content.

If you have a tummy, trapeze or ‘A line’ singlet shapes are also a good option to hide the tummy area and give freedom of movement. Team it back with a higher soft banded pant that sits softly on the body without cutting in. Whichever you choose, make sure you are comfy and feeling fabulous.

Lots of ladies LOVE to wear a bikini and many shapes are super flattering on curvy bodies. Look for supportive bust styles that lift the bust and show off a smaller waist. Teamed with a stunning high waisted pant you will be bang on trend at the beach this summer and feeling fabulous. Dont be afraid to mix printed tops with plain coloured darker bottoms - this will lift the eye line and draw attention upwards instead of toward your bottom hlaf. 

Our sarongs & kaftans are a great fashion option should you wish to cover up the bottom and thigh areas while your exploring the beach or sitting poolside. Boardshorts and swim skirts offer more coverage and flatter the figure if you want extra coverage or like modesty while swimming, especially when teamed with a printed singlet top.

Do you have a ...Pear Shape?

Choose printed singlet or halter tops with trims worn with a darker shade plain pant as this will draw the eye line higher and focus attention away from the hip area. Boyleg pants and skirted pants also offer great coverage and comfort and a well-cut one piece with detail and shaping at the bust and a flattering leg line are great for pear shape figures too.

Our sarongs & kaftans are a great fashion option to cover up the bottom and thigh areas while your exploring the beach or sitting poolside.

Do you need... Extra Sun Protection?

We believe in being sun smart...Carla Swimwear offers a great range of sunvests and rash vests that feature UP50+ fabrics for maximum sun protection, zipping up through the front which allows you to easily get it on and off, wear it open to show off your fabulous new swimmers as well as protecting your shoulders, back and forearms. Find them in our ‘Shop by category’ menu.

This season we are stocking up on fabulous new printed styles that can add a splash of colour to your bathers and lots of new shapes that feature bra cups, frills and trim details. These are fantastic for long hot days in the sun, water sports activities or playing on the beach with the kids.

We now also have a great range of full and three quarter length swim leggings. These look amazing in the swimwear prints and fabrics and are great for exercise in and out of the water, hot yoga, squad training and sun protection. They are super quick drying and look amazing even for everyday wear.

Now that you are loaded with all the right information, take your time to look through our web page, use the search engine tools and fall in love with the ultimate swimmer, beachwear and accessories for you!