In this month’s Aspire, my fashion column is about choosing the right bikini and finding the perfect beach cover up so I thought I’d share a different version of the article here on my blog…


A summer holiday is often the most anticipated event in the calendar, but shopping for swimsuits and bikinis can be daunting.


Follow these six steps and get ready to shine.

  1. Be prepared to try on lots of different styles and colours and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You may just find the perfect silhouette.
  2. If

you’re between sizes, opt for the smaller. Bikinis and swimsuits expand when


  1. Make

use of ties and straps. Go tighter than you think, lean forward and keep

adjusting until the bust is covered and you feel confident and secure.

  1. More

fabric does not necessarily mean more flattering coverage. The extra fabric

will draw attention to the area you wish to conceal. Try something less demure,

especially with bikini bottoms.

  1. Choose

a cover-up that is both stylish and functional.

A sarong is a simple wrap that ties at the waist and covers the

thighs and tummy. It can be draped around the shoulders of the sea breeze takes

hold and folded up to use as a pillow if the Sea-Breeze of the alcoholic

variety takes hold…

Tunics and kaftans are

collarless long sleeved tops usually made of lightweight fabric. They are often

brightly coloured, patterned and embellished and can be dressed up with strappy

sandals and jewellery to move effortlessly from beach to bar.

Slip Dresses do just that- slip easily

over the head. From mini to maxi, anything goes. Halterneck, strapless and empire

line are the most common styles. Many can multi task and are worn in the evening

or for sightseeing.

Board shorts or cropped trousers are usually loose fittings with a

drawstring waist for comfort and ease of dressing. A practical and simple

option especially if running after children or participating in sports

6 Accessorise

with a great pair of sunglasses, a bright pedicure, oodles of confidence and a smile.

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