We all see the massive sales signs in malls and shopping centers. Now is the time to start planning your summer wardrobe. And where better to start than your swimming costume? We chatted with stylist and image consultant Aseema Kazi to share tips and trends on getting the perfect look.

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Shopping for women's beachwear can be a nightmare, and because swimwear is so revealing, you are very conscious that you need to buy a swimsuit that will flatter your body shape. You can’t compromise on perfection, especially when on a holiday coastal beach party. You’ve got to have that perfect baƱadores for such occasions. Here is a list of ten practical tips to help you choose the best swimsuit for your body type.

1. Use color to contour your body

The answer is simple if you are heavier on the top or the bottom. The easiest way to slim one-half of your body shape is with color. If you buy a bikini in two shades of the same color, choose the lighter shade for the part of your body you want to highlight and a darker, single-block color for the amount of your body you wish to slim down.

2. Embellish a smaller chest

Another tip on choosing the best swimsuit for your body type, if your chest is on the small side, is to buy a padded bikini top to give you a little extra volume on top. The best way to create the illusion of a larger chest is to wear a bikini top with ruffles or other embellishments.

3. Be practical with a large chest

If you have a big chest, bikinis sold in small, medium, or large sizes are not for you. You should look for a perfect fit with a bikini in your exact cup size. Look for bikinis in your

4. Balance out the more enormous behind

The next tip on choosing the best swimsuit for your body type is for all the ladies with Big Booties then. You would need to balance out the larger behind because, in this case, high-cut bikini bottoms and string bikinis aren’t practical. Choose swimsuits with plenty of fabric on the bottom half, so you are not forever trying to pull down the bikini to get extra coverage. The best designs will be those with solid color bottoms and patterned tops. This will help to balance your body shape.

5. Hiding a tummy 

If you have a slightly less than flat tummy, it’s actually relatively easy to hide that. A one-piece swimsuit with a plunging neckline will draw attention away from your stomach, or you could choose a peplum-style swimsuit to hide a bulge.

6. For those with curvy hips and larger thighs

The next tip on choosing the best swimsuit for your body type is for girls with larger hips and thighs, what some would call a pear shape: go for swimsuits with a plain skirt bottom that ends just below the most significant part of the thigh. Avoid boy short-bottom bikinis or anything with a thick band at the bottom, as this will highlight the area you are trying to draw attention away from. On the top, choose something eye-catching, like a plunging neckline, which will draw attention to this area of your body.

7. For the not-so-curvy figure

If you have a not-so-curvy figure, you must look at swimsuits with less coverage that flaunt your shape better. Monokinis, or one-piece swimsuits, will create the appearance of curves, and the smaller the bikini bottoms, or tied at the side ones, will enhance the curves of your rear.

8. High-waisted bottoms to hide love handles

Disguising those love handles is an easy thing to do as well. Choose monochrome, high-waisted bottoms and ensure they are high enough to go up to your belly button so that you don’t get any bulging out of the top. For your top, choose something more elaborate or patterned to draw the eye to the top half of your body.

9. Use boy shorts to widen the hips

For those of you who are a bit heavier on top but have narrow hips, boy shorts will widen the appearance of your hips and give you more of an hourglass shape. Only some people like or feel comfortable in boy short-style bikinis, so make sure you are satisfied with the fit before you wear them to the beach.

10 Buy your swimsuits from a swimsuit store

Department stores sell swimsuits, but you might be better off going to a specialist swimsuit store for a better range and to get proper advice. Don’t be shy about asking for advice on choosing the best swimsuit for your body type; the store assistant will have heard it all before. Do be practical in your choice of swimwear. You need to feel good to look good.