Monokini or bikini? Get your swimwear right

MANILA, Philippines - Styling is about knowing how to dress (up or down) in order to feel better — that you will "look better" will eventually follow.

The truth is not all trends are for everyone, and just because you are wearing a trend does not make you stylish. Take it from the experts: knowing what works for you is key, whether that means you go trendy or classic (without necessarily being safe).

When it comes to swimwear, proportion and comfort are keys to being effortlessly chic on the beach or at the pool. What do you cover up, what do you reveal? Don't look at the girl beside you. What looks good on her may not be right for you.

Study your body and know what assets to highlight. The great thing about living in a tropical country like the Philippines is that having the right swimwear isn't limited to just one season. We flock to the beach all year round, and this makes owning the right swimwear all the more important.

Body type: Curvy hips/triangle

LOVE CURVES. Polka-dot monokini from For Me. Floral cover up from Folded and Hung.

LOVE CURVES. Polka-dot monokini from For Me. Floral cover up from Folded and Hung.

Style tip: Girls blessed with curvy hips usually have a hard time looking for the proper swimwear. The one-piece is their best friend. It helps contour the body and makes the eye look upwards at the neckline.

Body type: Athletic

CORRECT CUT-OUTS. Striped monokini from For Me

CORRECT CUT-OUTS.

Striped monokini from For Me

Style tip: Want an illusion of more curves? A cut-out monokini is the way to go (think meillot). The extra lines make you look slim yet curvy — which means fun without necessarily being naughty!

Body type: Inverted triangle/full bust

DRAPED GODDESS. Bandeau monokini with side feather print from For Me. Oversized dark green cardigan from Dorothy Perkins.

DRAPED GODDESS. Bandeau monokini with side feather print from For Me. Oversized dark green cardigan from Dorothy Perkins.

Style tip: Swimwear with underwires are ideal for the ladies with a full bust. This support is important not only for comfort but for your side silhouette, too. Also, choose swimwear with details at the bottom that will draw attention to that area. 

Body type: Small bust

ANCHORS AWAY! Printed bikini top from Regatta. Denim shorts from Folded and Hung.

ANCHORS AWAY! Printed bikini top from Regatta. Denim shorts from Folded and Hung.

Style tip: For ladies with a small bust, a padded or triangular halter bikini top is the solution. This adds volume without looking unnatural. A halter neckline also cinches the chest and adds cleavage.

Body type: Petite

HAPPY AND FREE. Pink bandeau top and black string bottom from Regatta

HAPPY AND FREE.

Pink bandeau top and black string bottom from Regatta

Style tip: The high cut, string bottom helps elongate your legs. The halter tops also creates an illusion of a longer neck. 

Stockists:

1. Folded and Hung

Level 1, Glorietta 1, Ayala Center, Makati City
Contact numbers: 0917-5996398 / (02) 501-3010
Email: g5@foldedandhung.com

2. Regatta

Level 1, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

3. For Me

Level 2, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

Photography by Adrian Gonzales (adriangonzales.tumblr.com). Styling by Maureen Manuel. Makeup by Diane Lorenzana (dianelorenzana.tumblr.com). Hair by Blanche Guarino. Modeled by Sirene Sutton. Shot on location at The Collective, 7274 Malugay, Makati City.