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How to Buy the Perfect Bikini

Whether you’re lounging by the resort pool or soaking up the sun at the beach with the girls, the perfect bikini will have you looking and feeling flawless. Here at ALT, we believe that the right bikini has the power to reveal your goddess within. But with a seemingly endless range of styles to sift through, knowing how to choose a bikini online is something of an artform. Here, we share our inside tips and tricks for choosing the best bikini for you.

KNOW YOUR TOPS

Let’s start from the top. Literally. When choosing a bikini, our mind often moves to the type of bikini top we want first. The best-loved bikini tops include:

  • The triangle: a true icon, a string triangle bikini is a summer favourite that flatters all shapes.
  • The bandeau: sleeker, sportier and often with the option to go strapless, a bandeau bikini is perfect for babes looking to eliminate tan lines.
  • The underwire: perfect for those with a larger bust, an underwire bikini top serves structure and support without sacrificing style.
  • The halter neck: the nostalgic halterneck bikini offers instant lift and shape, making it super flattering on those with a smaller bust.

Along with these core shapes, you’ll find seasonal twists on the bikini top. We’re loving clever cut-outs, one-shouldered necklines and multi-wear ties to shake up your summer look

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM...

Now we’re here - no bikini is complete without a pair of flattering bottoms. With a variety of rises and coverage levels to choose from, finding the right pair of bikini briefs for your figure is easy. Some of our faves include:

  • High-waisted: a must in every ALT girl’s swim edit, high-waisted bikini bottoms lengthen the leg while offering a little extra coverage through the midriff.
  • Tie sides: for a truly bespoke fit, you can’t beat a bikini with adjustable tie sides. With the option to wear high or low on the leg, tie-side bikinibottoms are perfect for minimising tan lines.
  • Brazilian: for an instant butt-lift, choose a Brazilian bikini bottom. This style is cut to sit higher on the leg, for seriously leg-lengthening results.
  • Cheeky: flaunt your best asset with this barely-there style, which shows a little more cheek than your average bikini brief.

Look for luxe flourishes like cut-outs, embellishments and custom hardware to really step up your bikini bottom style.

PLAY WITH PROPORTION

Now we’re here - no bikini is complete without a pair of flattering bottoms. With a variety of rises and coverage levels to choose from, finding the right pair of bikini briefs for your figure is easy. Some of our faves include:

  • High-waisted: a must in every ALT girl’s swim edit, high-waisted bikini bottoms lengthen the leg while offering a little extra coverage through the midriff.
  • Tie sides: for a truly bespoke fit, you can’t beat a bikini with adjustable tie sides. With the option to wear high or low on the leg, tie-side bikinibottoms are perfect for minimising tan lines.
  • Brazilian: for an instant butt-lift, choose a Brazilian bikini bottom. This style is cut to sit higher on the leg, for seriously leg-lengthening results.
  • Cheeky: flaunt your best asset with this barely-there style, which shows a little more cheek than your average bikini brief.

Look for luxe flourishes like cut-outs, embellishments and custom hardware to really step up your bikini bottom style.

FINDING YOUR COLOUR

Once you’ve got your separates sorted, it’s time to choose your bikini colour. A black bikini is timeless and flattering on all skin tones, while a fresh white two-piece looks amazing against tanned limbs. Channel jet-set luxe with glamorous metallics, which look super chic against medium, olive and darker complexions.

Not afraid to stand out? Choose a bold colour or print that’ll really set your swim look ahead of the style curve. Whether it’s feminine florals or fierce leopard print, a printed bikini is perfect for bringing some visual interest to your swimwear and socials.

At ALT, we’re here to take the guesswork out of shopping for a bikini online. With the above tips to guide you, finding the perfect bikini for your next beach escape is a breeze. Browse our edit of bikini tops and bottoms to create your bespoke two-piece pairing, and celebrate your unique beauty within.

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