Swimwear – Stylist’s Edit

Swimwear – Stylist’s Edit

By now, Christmas is a distant memory, and our thoughts are turning to the blue skies, white sand and sunshine of a winter escape. Mine sure are!

If your getaway involves a palm-fringed beach or a tropical cruise rather than a pair of skis, then a new transformative swimsuit should be at the top of your list. Unfortunately, finding the right style to flatter your figure can be a pain in the bikini-clad bottom! Luckily, Cotton Traders do swimwear rather well. We know that women comes in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve designed our new collection to fit and flatter any figure – leaving you looking and feeling your best. All styles come in sizes 10 up to 26, so there’s something for everybody and every body.

My simple rule of thumb is to accentuate your best bits, and distract from any areas you might not feel so confident about. To do this, there are really simple guidelines to follow – plain, darker colours usually draw attention away, while brighter colours and louder prints, plus details like ruffles and buckles, will highlight. This one-piece is perfect if you want to slim your hips as it draws the eye upwards, while the slightly higher cut elongates the legs.

The same goes for the endlessly versatile Pick & Mix collection, where you can choose a top and bottoms that work for you. The printed bottoms will draw attention downwards whilst detracting from a bigger bust, or vice versa.

More sporty styles like our high neck tankini tops are ideal if you’re smaller on top or your want to avoid excessive sun exposure on your décolletage.

If you need more support up top, look for wider straps and a secret support shelf. Also a scoop or V-neck is a million times more flattering than a high neck. I’m dotty about this spot-print swimsuit and this tropical one-piece – both will look beautiful on bigger busts.

From my experience, tummies are the number one concern for most women, especially when it comes to swimwear. Keep your eye out for discreet tummy control panels across the collection, especially the Pick & Mix swimshorts and briefs.

An overall print can make you look wider than you are, so the optical illusion created by these panelled one-pieces nip you in at the waist and create curves in all the right places.

And last but certainly not least, a stylish cover-up will take you from your loynger to lunch with minimal effort. My favourite is this pretty striped jersey dress. Just add a pair of white plimsolls for sightseeing and you’ll be good to go!



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