Mums: Find the perfectsummer style at Fairhill

For new mums planning a summer holiday, dressing for the beach can often be a challenge.

As body shapes may change during pregnancy, an existing wardrobe may not suit their new shape.

Help is at hand from Fairhill Shopping Centre, who is hosting a 3D body scanner and shaping event, to help mums find their perfect summer wardrobe – without changing their individual shape.

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The free ‘Yummy Mummy Summer Style Station’ will take place on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 from 1pm to 5 pm.

Customers can use the private scanner to get their individual measurements and then get advice on the best summer style to suit their shape.

Afterwards the beauty clinic experts will offer bespoke advice on choosing the perfect make-up and skincare to complete the look.

In preparation for the event, here are some tips on summer pieces to suit individual body shapes.

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· Hourglass: Aim to show off curves and emphasis a small waist. Choose tops that are slim fitting and dresses of almost any style. No restrictions on choice of swimwear, but keep in mind that the best styles are the ones that underline your feminine curves. Select solid shades and colour-blocking, add brights in the right places and avoid eye-popping patterns.

· Triangle: This is defined as shoulders and torso that are narrower than the hips. Choose empire or wrap dresses; separates work better. When it comes to swimwear, triangles need a bikini that keeps detailing above the waist and pulls attention to the décolletage. Separates work well, but keep the bottom simple and in one colour.

· Inverted Triangle: Aim to make your bottom half appear broader to balance out the top half. Keep details, fuss, or anything that creates volume to your lower half, while the top half should be clean and uncluttered.

Wear shirts and tops in colours that are darker or more muted than what you wear on the bottom half. Your best dresses add some volume at your hips to balance your shoulders – one strap dresses are great, as are strapless that will show off your beautiful shoulders.

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· Rectangle: The key is to create womanly curves and definition, whether it’s with a dress that cinches or a top with a drop waist, trick the eye with details. Don’t shy away from bold and intricate patterns – florals, stripes, and graphics will give depth and character to a silhouette. Look for a one-piece swimsuit with an overall bold bright colour and darker colour in the waistline to give the illusion of waist is a great look for a rectangle.

· Round: Aim to slim bust, tummy and hips – solid hues in lights or darks will serve you well, but don’t avoid brights altogether. Monochromatic to create the slimmest line. Avoid any details, fuss and volume near bust, tummy or hip area and choose skirts above knee length.

A halter neck is suggested for swimwear and wear thick straps to help with bust support – try a tankini or vest top that covers the middle and isn’t too figure-hugging.

More expert advice and various summer trends from Fairhill retailers including Miss Selfridge, River Island, Wallis, Next, New Look, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Clockwork Orange will be available to try on at the event – guaranteed to make your sizzle whatever the weather!

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