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Even the most confident woman can get nervous when it comes to shopping for a new swimsuit. Leading Canadian Stylist Alexis Honce shares some tips on finding the perfect swimsuit to suit your body.

According to the recent Kellogg’s Special K Swimsuit Confidence Survey, 44 per cent of Canadian women surveyed feel the most self-conscious about their bodies when in a swimsuit. Additionally, a majority (86 per cent) of women said their body type affects what bathing suit style they choose.

Honce, who specializes in dressing and styling real women of all shapes and sizes, offers her insider tips on what swimsuit to choose to bring out your very best you this summer:

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1. Lovely and Large Chested
Bigger busts require the right lift and support in a bathing suit top. Look for styles that have underwire which help shape the chest and keep “the girls” secure, whether you’re playing with your kids at the beach or swimming at the pool. Wider shoulder straps also help to provide support. Keep an eye out for swimsuits made of Lycra®, as this more structured material helps to shape the body and create a sleek, smooth line to really enhance those curves. Colour blocked swimwear styles are also very on trend this season and a great choice for this physique.

2. On-Point in Plus Size
A really flattering look for plus size physiques is a one-piece suit in a trendy colour-blocking pattern. Keep the colours on the top half of the suit light and look for styles that have darker colours over the tummy and hip area to bring attention up towards the face while enhancing your beautiful silhouette.

3. Perfectly Pear Shaped
Pear-shaped physiques typically have broader hips and a smaller bust. When selecting a swimsuit, find a style that accentuates your best assets and adds volume to the top half. Ruffled bikini tops are a great option and are a popular style this season, too. A bandeaux or tube-top bikini style also helps to widen the shoulders and balance the hips. Brightly colored prints add visual intrigue up top, and are best paired with solid colour bottoms. Be sure to also look for high-cut bikini bottoms which figure flatter by helping to elongate the leg.

4. Amazingly Athletic
Athletic body types are typically lean with a muscular and more rectangular shape. The perfect suit for this shape is one that complements the silhouette, but simultaneously creates a feminine shape. A halter-top swimsuit style with a V-neckline broadens the shoulders, which helps to highlight and define the waist. For bottoms, look for high-cut styles that tie at the sides. Lastly, mix up the colour and print of your tops and bottoms as this helps to balance and accentuate a longer torso.

The most important thing to remember when choosing a swimsuit is that you should feel like the best version of yourself.

“Looking great in a swimsuit starts with confidence. You have to eat well, exercise, know your body type and choose a swimsuit that suits you,” says Alexis Honce, Canadian fashion expert and celebrity stylist who has worked alongside celebrities such as Michelle Williams, Shenae Grimes and Tatiana Maslany. “A large part of feeling confident comes from making smart food choices.”

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