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The body and bathers: With the recent spate of balmy and warm days it’s no wonder bikini and surf shops are getting crowded with an anxious pre-summer collection of girls looking for the right pair. One thing you have to make sure is that you are ready to hit the beach and this is where bathers come in. We all want to look good in next to nothing on the beach and contrary to popular opinion, it is possible.You’ve got your sunscreen, hat – we recommend Zimmermann’s beach hats ($66) – and beach mat, but you won’t be going anywhere without your bathers- (unless of course you’re off to a nudist beach, which is an entirely different story all together). Choosing the right bathers for you can be a lot like choosing a pair of jeans.

Two important points to remember: it can’t be done in a rush and it can’t be done alone. Always take someone you trust completely with you. Make sure you can ask them honesty what they think? There is no point taking a girlfriend who won’t tell you that your bum looks like it’s been given a fat injection or your breasts look all flat and shapeless in that bikini top. Here’s the go:

Curvy J.Lo kind of gals – Go for a singlet top with regular bikini bottoms. Don’t go string bikini’s or anything too risquZ -they will end up making your gorgeous curves look rounder. Play them down and they will look great.

The round bottom – If you’re conscious of your bum, then the best look is the boy-leg board shorts that are baggy. Looks fantastic on a girl with a larger derriere. Team them up with a fitted lycra singlet. This look will balance everything out and you’ll feel confident.

The flat chested gal – Go for the padded bikini top with string bikini bottoms. Or a triangular shaped bikini with bikini bottoms -a la Kate Moss.

Got short legs? – Don’t worry because the answer is spaghetti side bikini bottoms. They will make your legs look longer.

Big Bazookas? – nothing looks better than a halter-style top, but remember to match the bottom to the top. Don’t do it Sarah-Marie style – remember to retain a little mystery girls. The halter-top looks stunning with bigger panties -a la Marilyn Monroe – now we’re talking real style!

Tom Boy shape -or stick thin? Well first of all, we envy you, but if you do have that metabolism where you’re just all straight up and down, go tomboy-style with boy leg bottoms. Wear a very fitted style singlet top with them. Sporty, lean and you’re lucky!

The Pear shape– go for a singlet-style bikini top but wear a standard bikini bottom because the top half will help emphasise the rest of your body. It’s all about balance and it’s all an optical illusion!

Best shops to head to:

Sea Folly. For stockists telephone 1300 130 715

Zimmermann. For stockists telephone (02) 9294 8008

Piggott’s Store. For stockists telephone (02) 9362 8119

Zambesi. For stockists telephone (02) 9267 7277