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Make a splash - Bikinis

Highlighting this season's erogenous zone, the midriff, bikinis can be found on sandy shores near and far. A staple in most women's closets, the bikini officially made its splash in 1947 when French engineer, Louis Reard, did men a solid and introduced the teeny-weeny twopiece. Named after Bikini Atoll, the infamous site of the first atomic bomb test, the scant swimwear initially caused such a ripple that many beaches tried to ban it. Now de rigeur the world round, the deliciously provocative design comes is an array of cuts, colours and styles. Here's our guide to help evolve your style and find a fit that flatters. "It's not a real bikini unless it can be pulled through a wedding ring." - Reard

Straight

With few curves, choose a top with bold patterns or v-neck designs that can enhance cleavage. With its playful tassels, L*Space‘s Audrey Fringe top and Palm Beach Loop Side bottoms helps create the illusion of curves in all the right places. Available at Sand Angels, Camana Bay. www.sandangels.com

Athletic

With broad shoulders, narrower hips and muscular legs, it is best to avoid boy cut shorts and go for padded tops with adornments. Island Company‘s Le French Bowtie Bikini provides a sweet and sexy twist on nautical. With contrasting red accents and bust-enhancing feminine details it's a good choice for sporty bodies.

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Pear

Broader on the bottom than the top, it's best to keep the focus up with embellished, colourful tops. PilyQ's Sunbeam Bikini brings eyes up, while the bottoms, available as skimpy side-ties or as a fuller cut for more coverage, allow you to reveal as much or as little as you wish. Available at Sand Angels, Camana Bay. www.sandangels.com

Curvy

Those with an hourglass figure should look for tops that give needed support and full-cut briefs that offer desired coverage. Helen Jon's vibrant Twist Front Underwire top embraces cleavage to provide support, while the full cut fold-over hipster bottoms create an overall feminine silhouette. Available at Sand Angels, Camana Bay. www.sandangels.com

Chesty

Significantly bigger on top than bottom, these women should look for tops that have the structure of a bra. Providing requisite support without sacrificing sex appeal, Odabash's Paris Bikini, is a beautifully constructed halter top with thicker straps and ruching to complement a larger cup size. Combined with matching bottoms, this suit sizzles with eau là là. Available at Sand Angels, Camana Bay. www.sandangels.com


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