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Published:Monday | June 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM
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If you have a large bust, wider straps and support under your cleavage is more flattering than flimsy tops. - File PPhotos
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Garfene Grandison, Flair Writer

Whether it's a one-piece, bikini or tankini, the trick to feeling confident in wearing a swimsuit is to choose a style and cut that suits your body shape. If you are uncomfortable with your stomach, have a big butt, wide hips, large breasts or hate the size of your thighs, there is a style and fit that is perfect for you.

A well-chosen swimsuit can give the illusion of a slender physique . It's like shedding pounds instantly. On the flip side, an inappropriate suit will do the opposite, leaving you lacking in confidence and drawing attention to the very areas you want to hide. To avoid all that drama, just remember the three C's: cut, colour and construction!

Large Bust

Darker colours and large prints or a colour block with the darker colour on top are best. Avoid horizontal stripes and go for vertical or diagonal, which do not widen the body. Jae Jolly has a number of colour-block designs that may suit your style.

For that flattering look to the bust and figure, go for a style which has a plunging neckline. This will elongate your figure and lessen the fullness of the bust. However, it will still allow you to show off your cleavage.

Avoid spaghetti straps and bandeau-style swimsuits because these only enhance your ample bosom and make you look top-heavy. Cups with underwire also give the necessary support and lift.

Small Bust

Being small-busted isn't a big deal for many women. Large prints will distract the eye away from smaller busts, but also frees you to don smaller prints as well.

Swimsuits with ruching around the bustline can give the illusion of a larger bust. Women with small bust can wear the micro bikinis with triangular tops and bandeaus and look great in them. There are also many swimsuits that come with padding that will create cleavage. But if that isn't your style, try choosing a swimsuit with frills, ruffles and other details that will add bulk to your top half.

Stomach issues

Go for colours and patterns with a dark base, or two-tone - a darker colour on the bottom, lighter on the top. Bold floral and prints distract the eye and camouflage your stomach. Whatever you do, just remember that a major fashion faux pas for plus-size bodies is horizontal stripes. If you are up for stripes, vertical or diagonal are best.

Go for a design which features details on the bust, which draw the eyes upwards. Bikinis with boy shorts are more flattering as they cut the stomach across rather than falling below the stomach.

A tankini will hide some of the flaws, but make sure to choose one that is long enough to finish over the shorts, and not halfway up the stomach.

Big Butts

Dark colours and large prints have a slimming effect. Go for it!

Go for a high-cut leg rather than a low-sitting bottom half. To be on the safe side, avoid boy shorts because they will only make your butt look bigger and not in a flattering way.

Wide Hips

Go for darker single-block colours, large prints and dark colour base which will minimise the hips. Avoid tiny prints and small floral patterns.

Go for a design which features details on the bust to draw attention up and away from the hips if that is a part of your body you are uncomfortable with. Pairing a dark bottom-half with a printed top is usually a flattering ensemble.

Narrow Hips

Light colours and small prints are fine. Horizontal stripes are also good, giving the illusion of wider hips.

Boy shorts can help add curves and give you a more curvy figure. Swimsuit bottoms with tie sides will also help accentuate curves. Swimsuits with a cutaway at the waist will create a flattering, curvy effect.