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Finding swimwear that is perfectly you!

by Maxine on December 19, 2017 in Bra Fitting, Breast Health, Cup Sized Swimwear
 Well, summer is here and our fabulous beaches beckon! How comfortable do you feel in your swimwear? Freya Sundance Sweetheart Bikini

At Brava we can’t help noticing that most women focus on the parts of their bodies they don’t like, which are usually invisible to everybody else. Your body image is a reflection of how you perceive, think and feel about your body. This often has no bearing at all on your actual appearance. It is common for women to believe they are larger than they really are.

It’s no secret that all women feel more confident and relaxed when their swimwear fits well and flatters their shape. If you’ve never tried swimwear with cup-sized support, you are in for a wonderful surprise! All of the styles at Brava offer cup-sized support – including one-piece swimsuits, tankinis and bikinis. Thanks to the incredible support and shape, your confidence will lift, your shoulders will relax and your head will be held high!


One-piece swimsuits

Panache Anya SwimsuitDesigned to enhance your figure and raise confidence, there are some amazing designs from Miraclesuit that are true to their advertising ‘Lose 10lbs in 10 seconds’ – they flatter, make you look slimmer and are incredibly elegant. One-piece swimsuits don’t have to be boring – a great one-piece with a plunging neckline can be drop-dead sexy!  We have a range of gorgeous, fun and flirty designs from brands such as Freya, Fantasie, Prima Donna and Panache in D-K cup sizes.

Our tips:

  • Look for a suit with gathered fabric at the waist or tummy area; it will create a flattering division between your bust and hips.
  • Solid colours with some interesting details will flatter your curves if you would like to minimise your shape.
  • A high-cut leg will accentuate the natural curves of your hips.

Curvy Kate Free Spirit TankiniA fantastic solution, tankinis offer the convenience of a bikini without the exposure.  If you’re not quite confident enough to wear a bikini, the tankini is your new best friend! Offering extra coverage of the tummy area, some have soft ruching and contrasting panels that smartly divert the eye and you can also mix and match the bottoms you wear. Brava stocks a wide range of stylish tankinis from popular brands like Freya, Fantasie, Curvy Kate, Panache and more in D-K cup sizes.

The answer for mums who want to look good while chasing their toddlers on the beach is a tankini as it beautifully covers the bits of their body that are changing. They feel supported and look amazing without the restrictions of a one piece.

Our tips:

  • Pair a bright coloured or patterned tankini top with a solid colour bottom. This is particularly good for women who are pear-shaped as it draws the eye upward.
  • Look for a flattering tankini with a halter top, like Pier by Freya, or for those seeking more structure and support Panache and Fantasie have designed tankinis up to a J cup.
Freya Sundance Bandless Halter BikiniBikinis

If you can’t go past a bikini, there’s a myriad of beautiful styles and brilliant colours in the latest season collections and some now go right up to K Cup. For inspiration, have a look at the latest styles on our website from Prima Donna, Freya, Elomi, Curvy Kate and Panache. With sizes ranging from 6-22 & D-K cup, we’re sure to have something perfect for you.

Our tips:

  • Halter styles offer lift and support, whilst also giving the appearance of a lengthened torso. Have a look at the Sundance Halter Bikini by Freya.
  • Styles which tie around the neck offer you the ability to adjust your fit and give extra lift when needed.  For women who find halternecks uncomfortable, the fuller cup style is designed to support with shoulder straps that are fully adjustable.
  • If you’re pear-shaped, try matching an eye-catching bikini top with a solid colour bottom.

If we can learn to accept ourselves as we are, and see that valuable time is passing us by while we fret about things we cannot change, we can then focus on all the things we are blessed with. A lovely smile is a great start; we agree with the unknown author who said, “I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful”.

Don’t just sit there on the sand or by the pool, get out there and enjoy yourself this summer!

P.S. We’ve just opened our new store in Hampton, Victoria! Drop in to browse the latest swim styles and get fitted into the perfect set for summer. You can also visit a Brava store in Prahran (Vic), Melbourne (Vic), Highpoint (Vic) and in Sydney (NSW). View our website for store locations. If you can’t visit us in-store we’re happy to help you via phone or email with fitting advice.

Note: This post was originally published in January 2012 and has been updated with the latest information & styles in December 2017.

4 Responses to "Finding swimwear that is perfectly you!"

  1. Swimwear Manufacturer says:

    Great post! These points are really helpful about how to find the perfect swimwear for your body. Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Nerida (Sydney) says:

    Didnt think I would find swimwear that is perfectly me, especially not in April. I was in Melbourne for the comedy festival and discovered Brava at Australia on Collins. I actually found bathers from Freya that I love and I feel great. Thank you for helping me and for stocking such awesome bras and bathers in GG cups. Cant wait to return:)

  3. Esme says:

    Thank you guys

    I wish I had known how good a tankini can be. Bikinis are a distant memory now Im a mum.

    The Fantasie tankini I bought from Brava last week hides the jiggly bits but is very flattering. Loving looking young and feeling confident because pregnancy can make you feel sooo unsexy. The new city store is fabulous, but Prahran is great for me and always a lovely environment. Esme

    • The Bra Fitter says:

      Hi Esme,
      Yes, I think we are all grateful for the tankini, especially the ones with ruching. So many women miss out on a lot of fun in the water because they feel uncomfortable in swimwear, so its great to be able to find one that works. Thanks for your comments. Maxine

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