How to be beach body confident

Summer season has well and truly arrived – whether your basking in the sun on a tropical island in the Bahamas or staying close to home, making sure you're wearing the right clothes to really exhentuate and work for your body shape.

We spoke to Lindsey Brown, creater of the luxury kaftan and beachwear brand, Mya Blue Luxe about how you can feel confident about your body shape and how to 'sit pretty on the beach' without that niggling worry in the back of your mind about what you look like…

How can women in general feel more confident on the beach? 

I always say to ladies Ďdonít lose your sense of style on holidayí as we spend more time on the beach or around the pool than being fully dressed on holiday, so wear something thatís really you. Pick a color theme that you wear in the summer time, think of accessories in your wardrobe that co-ordinate such as flip flop or bangles and plan your choice of Kaftan around this.

Throw-over pieces such as a dress or kaftan will become the staple part of your holiday wardrobe, (especially if you are going away in hot July sun or jet setting to Dubai or off to the Caribbean) so itís best to invest in a few different pieces that you feel confident in.

 Our number one favorite is a sleeved kaftan to take you to and from the hotel room, walking to the beach and is perfect for covering up from too much sun.  The second is a strapless dress which you can roll up and add to your daytime beach bag and then change into for lunch, looking great & preventing strap marks.

The third is a maxi kaftan or maxi dress to go straight from the beach, dressing for relaxed poolside cocktails or for beachside dining. Itís elegant and not too over-dressed.

How do you know what type of Beach wear / Kaftan to pick for your body shape?

A Kaftan really is an extension of a top, sometimes slightly longer from mid-thigh to knee length styles, so when picking a kaftan style either online or in store, think would this type of top suit me? Do I wear tops like this? 

 If you are still confused there are three styles of body shapes to think about when kaftan shopping, balanced hour glass shape, fuller busted sometimes called apple, and fuller hips & thighs sometimes known as pear-shaped.

 Balanced, hour glass figures tend to be equal on your top and bottom half with a slim waist so we recommend opting for an elasticated waist or a shaped kaftan and nothing square cut.

 Fuller Busted figures need to be aware that most of the high street styles are cut up to a D cup fitting. Mya BlueLuxe is cut to fit up to an F cup so you donít have to go up a dress size. Look for styles that have an open back detail like Portofino or Manhattan to accommodate a fuller bust. 

 Fuller hips or pear shapes look better wearing a kaftan tunic or dress with detail around the neckline which takes attention away from the lower half such as our Miami silk tunic. Many pear shapes wear figure hugging styles as they have a narrow waist but I would avoid this in beachwear, and instead would recommend trying a maxi kaftan instead like our Marbella maxi.

 Women can often feel insecure about their bodies. Are there any secrets you can share with us?

I think we all feel insecure about some part of our bodies and more so on holiday so I would suggest preparing your holiday wardrobe in advance by trying on all your swimwear at least two weeks before you go away and work out which bikini you will wear to the pool, which one to wear to the beach and plan what style of cover-up you need to go with these. If something doesnít fit, you have plenty of time to go shopping and buy something that does. Feeling comfortable makes us feel more secure.

If you like sunbathing my top tip is to apply sunscreen before you get dressed and before putting on your bikini, allowing the suntan cream to be fully absorbed. 

 Wherever I go on holiday I take a selection of MyaBlueLuxe and MyaBlueBeach cover-ups, which covers all holiday occasions Ė I pack a sleeved kaftan to go to and from the hotel room and to cover up from too much sun, a strapless dress to change into for lunch and to look great & avoid strap marks

A maxi kaftan or maxi dress to go straight from the beach dressing for relaxed poolside cocktails or for beachside dining.

A Manhattan top for instant glamour as I can always wear this in the evening with skinny jeans.  And a bright coloured kaftan for when I am feeling more tanned.

 

Marbella

Marbella

   

Manhattan

Manhattan

 

Miami

Miami

 

Portofino

Portofino

Vist MyaBlueluxe.co.uk from more on her beautiful range of beach and swimwear.

 

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