Swimwear trends for 2013 | What's your swimwear style?

With summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to go swimwear shopping as the newest styles arrive in stores. Whether you plan to strut your stuff on a tropical island getaway, or to relax by the pool or a beach at home, it's helpful to know which swimwear trends will suit your individual style and shape. And can help avoid any post-shopping regret! After all, you want to look great but more importantly you should feel fabulous too.

It's no secret that women feel more confident and relaxed when their swimwear fits well and flatters their shape. If you've never tried cup-sized swimwear with in-built bra support before, you are in for a life-changing treat! While classic swimwear styles will never go out of fashion, if you'd like to embrace some of the new trends for 2013 then read on to find out what's in store for this summer¦


Crochet accents - Adding a Bohemian flair to your swimwear, crochet detail results in a truly original and couture fashion style. Try the Freya Cha Cha range (available in red or truffle colours). Floral, tribal & exotic prints - Whether you want to look exotic in tribal, or feminine in floral, there are an abundance of prints that will take you there. Try Valentine by Freya, Page by Panache, or Madagascar by Fantasie.
Vintage inspired - It's the bombshells and pin-ups of the 1950s inspire vintage-style swimwear - playful, curvaceous and sexy. The modern interpretation infuses a subtle combination of 50s bombshell and sophistication, combining vintage-inspired details with modern trends - using vintage prints, sweetheart or halter necklines, ruched sides that flatter your hips, and high-waist bottoms. Check out the Panache Page Halter Swimsuit, Freya Valentine 50s Halter Tankini, or all of the Hoola Swimwear range. Ruffles - If you like your swimwear to be distinctly feminine, ruffles may be your perfect match. Keep in mind that this trend isn't for everyone, as frills can add bulk¦ so they're perfect for putting emphasis on a particular area. If you're pear-shaped, try ruffles along your bust. Try Freya Sunset Boulevard Halter Bikini, Baku Amalfi Tankini, or Cleo Betty Bandeau Bikini.

Our recommendations for your body shape:

Fuller figure

Rather than trying to hide your curves, embrace vintage swimwear trends and show them off. Try halter-neck styles, or Miraclesuit swimwear to pull in your waist. Another fabulous range for the fuller figure is the Elomi Isis collection - offering three pieces of swimwear that offer a flattering shape when worn together (swim bra, swim brief and tankini top).

Pear shape

Ruffles can add volume to your bust to balance your shape. And bikini briefs with Tie-Sides can do magic when you want to minimise your hips. Also try cupped styles with padding, such as Freya Cha Cha Sweetheart Bikini.

Triangle shape

Use ruffles on your bottom half to balance your hips with your bust. Try structured styles with in-built support, or halter neck styles. Try the Hoola Shimmer Swimsuit.

Short legs

Match a plain colour bottom with a patterned bikini top to lengthen your legs and draw attention upwards. Avoid boy-short style bottoms, and try high-cut thighs. Tie-Side briefs lengthen your legs and are usually higher-cut, so they will also look great on you.

Athletic figures

Try out the many feminine, statement styles of swimwear that show off your toned body. Try Fantasie Kyoto Bikini, Freya Valentine Halter Bikini, or Freya Calamity Swimsuit.

All of the swimwear at Brava offer D+ bra cup-sized support - including one-piece swimsuits, tankinis, bikinis and three-piece swimsuits. Offering incredible support and shape; your confidence will lift, your shoulders will relax and your head will be held high. Don't just sit there on the sand or by the pool, get out there and enjoy yourself this summer! Visit Brava and our lovely team of fitters will help you find the perfect swimwear for YOU! Our stores are in Prahran and the Melbourne CBD.

Tell us what your favourite trend is for this swimwear season!

By Lin Windram.