Is there anything worse than trying to find a new swimsuit? Especially on those days when you're not feeling too body confident? Changing rooms are evil at the best of times, let alone when you're half-naked and it's the middle of hibernation season.
Okay, so there's no magic formula to flip that process a total 180 degrees, but there are tricks that can make the most of your favourite features, thus boosting your confidence on the beach or when you're lounging by the pool with an Aperol spritz in hand.
We spoke to Ursula Lake, swimsuit designer and founder of Violet Lake, about how to find the right swimming costume for you. From those who want to get a perkier bum to others who want to minimise their fuller chests, we've got the best shopping hacks and tips, plus where to buy the most flattering one-pieces and bikinis to make you swoon.
Keep scrolling for tips on how to find the best swimsuit for your body.
Want to minimise your chest? Lake recommends going for something that is classic and draws attention to other parts of your body. Try a belt or ruching on a one-piece, or a two-piece with a darker top and a lighter bottom.
Classic triangle shapes that also have padding work here. "Anything with a bit of gathering will create the illusion of a fuller bust. It really depends on the rest of your physique, but you should play around with colour on your bikini," recommends Lake. A paler colour on your top and a darker version on the bottom half will give the impression that you have a bigger chest.
"A one-piece, such as our Caruso, has a removable belt—it really delineates your waist. Loads of our customers wear it out at night, as well. It's very chic and also great for bigger boobs, as it covers the cleavage."