Discover the secrets to choosing the perfect swimwear for your body shape

Experts in all things swim and resortwear, luxury brand Heidi Klein are your go-to for impeccably flattering, stylistically iconic swimwear. More than just designer bikinis – Heidi Klein have over 15 years of experience in creating a technically perfect fit, cut and shape to flatter different body shapes. With a focus on hidden support features, they use luxe fabrics designed to both pull you in and emphasise, giving you the ultimate in elegant holiday style.

Heidi Gosman, Co-founder and Creative Director, lets you into her insider secrets for selecting perfectly fitting swimwear that will make you feel confident and chic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larger Top

For larger bust shapes, proper support is essential so look for underwired bars to provide lift and padded cups to deliver a more balanced shape. Choose the Casablanca or Manda Island, both designed with details you can see, and those you can’t, to give you a truly transformational swimwear experience.

You can also minimize the focus on the bust area and draw the eye towards the lower part of the body. Go for bottoms that have some tie-side detail with a classic fitting bottom to accentuate the bottom half like the Long Island Tie Side bottoms.

A control one-piece will offer even more support with a compressed close-knit structure, including ribbed fabrics and built-in power mesh, all these elements work to streamline and smooth your silhouette like the Malibu ring control one-piece. Check out our fuller support styles including ruched one-pieces, Sardinia and Namibia, which offer plenty of our trademark “secret ingredients” – moulded cups, side boning and silicone edging –  giving you the ultimate support, hold and an accentuated waistline.

Larger Bottom

If you’re looking for more coverage on the bottom then try to draw the attention to the bust area instead of the hip area.  Go for padded cups or subtle details on the top to create cleavage and draw the eye upward. The Honolulu Bow top does exactly this.

There is a common misconception that more material is better for an area you want to hide, but actually that’s not true, so go for something well-fitting instead of oversized.  A fold over bottom will complement the waist area by giving support to the tummy area. Check out the classic black Venice Beach fold over bottom.

 

 

 

 

Evenly Proportioned

If you have a silhouette with even proportions, then a bandeau bikini top with hidden support will emphasise the curves of a modest bust and low cut bottoms will emphasize a small waistline. Padded cups in the bikini top provide extra shape as well as support, like the Venice Beach twist bandeau with subtle padding.

 

 

Petite

For petite silhouettes, add the illusion of more shape with tie-side bottoms that have details at the hips. Skimpier triangle and bandeau with subtle padding tops are all ideal styles for petite shapes. Choose our structured bandeau, such as the Hollywood balcony bikini which has inbuilt wires and cups, or our triangle top, such as the St KittsNamibia or St Thomas (as seen recently on Kate Bosworth).

 

 

Heidi Klein are delighted to offer Kensington Mum readers one-to-one fit sessions with one of their swimwear specialists in either of their two London stores.  You can relax and enjoy a glass of something chilled whilst the team put together the perfect look for you.

If you can’t get into their London stores, take advantage of their Fit-by-Phone service where their swimwear specialists will help you find the perfect swimwear and dispatch it straight to your home.

To book your personal fit session, call the team on +44 (0)2072599424

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