Body Shape

How to find the best swimsuit for your body type

For many people, bikini season brings to mind sun, sand, and relaxation. Unfortunately choosing a best swimsuit can feel like a daunting task.

With the right frame of mind and a little preparation, bikini shopping can feel like a day at the beach. Letting go of preconceived ideas and going into the experience with an open mind can help immensely.

Buying a bikini can be an enjoyable experience if you consider your body type and bikini options.

Know Your Body Shape

Body shape

The principle rule in finding the best swimsuit for you is to know your body shape. If one swimsuit style looks great on your friend, that doesn’t mean you will also shine in it. If you don’t know your body shape, measure your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point and boosts at the fullest point. Once you know the sizes, compare with these interpretations of body shapes:

Pear, spoon, bell or A shape (triangle upward): 

Women with wider hips than both the waist and bust, have pear body shape. Pear shaped women tend to have larger rear, a small bosom and robust thighs.

Apple or V shape (triangle downward): 

Women with waist significantly wider than the hips, and equal to or nearly as wide as the bust, have apple body shape. Apple shaped women tend to have slimmer legs (thighs) and larger chest and abdomen compared to the rest of the body.

Hourglass or X shape (triangles opposing, facing in): 

Women with bust and hips of almost the same width and with significantly smaller waist, have the classic hourglass body shape. Usually this body type enlarges the hips, legs, arms, chest and rear before other parts of the body.

Straight, banana or I shape (rectangular): 

Women who are generally thin all around with no significant difference between waist, hips and bust, have a straight body shape.

Inverted Triangle (diamond shape): 

An inverted triangle body type features a full bust, waist, and upper back, less full hips, a flat rear, slim arms and legs, and a pronounced tummy and midriff.

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How To Choose Swimwear

Once you know your body shape, you can focus more easily. These are some great swimwear tips for you to consider while purchasing a swimsuit:

Straight (Banana) Type

Balanced hip and shoulder width without a defined waist. 

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Tips and tricks:

The waist is the definitive point when it comes to differentiating whether you’re a banana or hourglass shaped body

  • It is recommended that women with straight body shapes opt for swimsuits with lots of detail such as pretty patterns, ruffles or ties. Patterns and added features like ruffles create the illusion of curves
  • Define a waistline by creating curves.Details like princess seams, draping, and belts help create curves.
  • So look for suits with a drop-yoke waist, princess seams, lingerie straps, diagonal lines and prints, and belts or a sash.
  • Halter or V-neck swim dresses with twists, wraps and skirts can work well to create a flattering, feminine look. In particular, try a swimsuit with shirring at the waist and bust or pretty details like ruffles, if you’re looking to create the illusion of curves.
  • Avoid solid colors.

Triangle (Pear) Type​

A triangle, or pear, body type features prominent hips, thighs, and rear, narrow shoulders, bust and waist, and average to large legs.

 

swimwear for pear shape
Tips and tricks:

The key to the perfect swimsuit is balancing your proportions and getting the coverage you need for your bottom half.

  • Draw eyes up, away from hips.
  • You want to look for suits that slim your lower body and draw attention to your upper body. Shapely necklines and bust detailing are the key. Suits for this shape also will feature a front zipper, darker or solid colors on the bottom, and an empire-style waist.
  • Triangle-shaped women should look for swimsuits that flatter fuller thighs and legs. One pieces or swim dresses with an empire waist or princess seam or a light colored top paired with a solid, dark short or a skirt can help provide a balanced look. Draw the eye up toward your face and shoulders with an embellished bust-line or a bandeau top.

Round (apple) Body Type

A triangle, or pear, body type features prominent hips, thighs, and rear, narrow shoulders, bust and waist, and average to large legs.

Apple Type swimwear
Tips and tricks:
  • Bikini tips for apple shaped body
  • Top:an underwired balconette bra top that both supports and enhances your cleavage
  •  Bottoms: full or turn-down bikini bottoms that you can fold over as much or as little as you like to hide a little tummy. The high waisted bottoms are waist-defining and, what’s more, their retro look is trendy and fashionable!
  • Choose swimsuits in darker shades, such as black to slim down your body. You can also work with prints and patterns.
  • A crossover suit is a great option for apple shaped women. A color-blocked style with color in the middle will balance the figure and camouflage body problems.
  • Avoid:

– Waistbands around your tummy

– Frills, tassels, and flounces

– Prints and colors that draw attention to your tummy

Large bust  body Type

You’re chesty and require more support up top like Brooklyn Decker, Katy Perry, and Sofia Vergara.

Large bust  body Type
Tips and tricks:
  • A suit with full-coverage cups and sturdy underwire will supply the best support. A halter top will hold your girls securely in place, but a style with wider straps will do the job just as well.
  • To balance your figure, go for cupped underwire bikini styles with fuller cups.
  • go for simple and sleek designs.
  • One of the best swimwear styles for women with a large bust is the one featuring peplum or frill at the hips. This will balance out the volume on top and create the illusion of a smaller waistline.
  • Avoid 
      Ruffles or embellishments up top if you’re  hoping to minimize the focus on your chest.
 

Hourglass Body Type

Do you have an hourglass body shape? 

It is important for you to know that there are different types of bikinis and that some of them are more flattering than others, depending on the body type. However, if this is your case, you are very lucky.

 

Women with an hourglass body shape tend to have a curvy silhouette, a pronounced waistline and hips, and also aligned shoulders. Even though it is known to be the classically feminine silhouette, the truth is few women have it.

However, if you are one of the women who have it, on this post we are going to show you the best bikinis for hourglass body shape that will help you highlight your curves and turn your body into a… hot body!

How is an hourglass figure?
 

Before we start talking about bikinis for hourglass body shapes, it is important that we focus on this type of silhouette for a moment, to fully understand how it is and get to know if we can include ourselves in this group.

This body type has the following characteristics:

  • Shoulders and hips have a similar width
  • The waist is very defined, achieving this “S” shape typical of the feminine body
  • When you look in the mirror you can easily see your curves and you have a beautiful and curvy figure

If this is your silhouette, well, congratulations! Why? Because you have a body type perfect for any kind of clothing and style and anything you wear will suit you!

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The best bikinis for your hourglass body shape

Now that we have learnt how this silhouette is, it is time to give you some beauty tips that will help you choose bikinis for your hourglass body figure, that will suit you perfectly and will help you highlight your natural beauty.

As we mentioned earlier, to have this body type is to be very lucky, since it is the most harmonious body shape. It is the classic 90-60-90and, because of this, you won’t have problems to choose a nice swimsuit to highlight your features.

It will depend on what you like, but you have the chance to choose a bolder bikini to show what you have to the world. The smaller pieces, such as a minibikini will help you tinge your figure and make it look even better.

We are going to give you some general advice that will help you when choosing the right bikini for an hourglass body shape. Ready?

Strapless bikini tops

If you have an hourglass body shape, well, you are lucky! You can easily choose a type of bikini that doesn’t tend to suit any woman without a problem.

 

We are talking about bikinis with a strapless top. These tops don’t usually suit most body types because it creates an optical effect that can make anybody look wider and with a square shape; however, you and your curvy waist can wear it without a problem and you can do it while knowing you look great.

Just keep in mind: if you have big busts, we recommend you to avoid this top because it doesn’t offer enough support and you might have an uncomfortable “accident”…

Flashy and printed bikinis

Unlike women with a different body shape, you have an advantage and that is that your body is symmetrical and harmonious. Therefore, you can wear a printed bikini or a super flashy one, it doesn’t matter If it is the top, the bottom or both.

Just keep in mind that when the body isn’t homogeneous, we need tricks to help us divert attention to one area or another, depending on what we want to “hide”. But that is not your case: you can wear a printed bikini, with patterns and bright and flashy colours and you will look beautiful anyway because your body is 100% harmonious. ¿Could you ask for more?

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Sweetheart neckline: perfect for the hourglass body shape

Sweetheart neckline bikinis are also one of the best choices for you because they highlight, even more, your physical qualities. This is the reason why it is a good option to go for a swimsuit with a sweetheart neckline to lift your breasts and make them the star of the look.

You can also choose a Brazilian bikini bottom (which means a smaller bottom than usual) to highlight your hips. But if you have stretch marks or cellulite, you can avoid them and choose a bikini to cover the imperfections… that we all have!

Knot and hoop bikini briefs

The bikini bottoms with smaller sides are a good option for women with a curvy and really feminine silhouette since they will help you refine your hips and highlight your natural curves even more.

That is the reason why you can go for bikini bottoms with hoops or knots on the sides. It is a beautiful way of wearing a bikini and it will make you look more attractive.

Hourglass Body
Cut-out swimsuits: a great choice for your body

We will finish this post about bikinis for hourglass body shapes talking about a tricky but beautiful swimsuit that hardly works for any female body: the cut-out swimsuit, also known as trikini and monokini.

 

This bathing suit will let you show your hips while covering up other areas such as the belly, which means it can be tricky to wear for girls with a different body figure. However, in your case, cut out swimsuits will be a great choice because they will highlight the most beautiful parts of your body, the hips, and will make you look elegant, sexy and feminine

Skinny Body Type

Ectomorphs are skinny with a small frame, light build, small joints and lean muscle. Usually they have long thin limbs with stringy muscles, narrow shoulders with a fast metabolism making this body type the most resistant to weight gain.

skinny body type swimwear comparison photo
Tips and tricks:

Her goal is to add volume to her hip area and her bust area,bikini is the first choice

  • A twist style bikini top will easily add volume to your bust area, they are sexy and give a real elegant look to any bikini ensemble.
  • Banded halter tops are another option that works for both women with large breasts that need support and women that want to add volume. The banded halter top comes with optional padding and the band adds volume and conceals the padding.
  • The embellished bikini top can add the appearance of volume if it is designed with some sort of decoration or buckle in the center. Typically this style of bikini top will also pull your bust inwards giving the appearance of more cleavage.
  • The V front full coverage bikini bottom will also add volume as it will help shape out your hips and accent your hip region and buttocks.

Small bust body Type

You’re smaller on top with an A or B cup, like Kate Hudson.
small bust comparison photo
Tips and tricks:
  • Triangle tops create the illusion of curves. Think a top with ruffles, frills or draping at the bust, as this will add volume and balance out a flatter chest.
  • Another great idea is to try sporty bathing suits with modern cutaways. This is especially great for those having a straight up-and-down figure.
  • Choose a structured underwire bikini top with padding.
  • smaller bust always means you can wear tiny scoop tops or bandeaus — embrace them!
  • Avoid 

choosing a simple string bikini

Diamond or Inverted Triangle Type

An inverted triangle body type features a full bust, waist, and upper back, less full hips, a flat rear, slim arms and legs, and a pronounced tummy and midriff. Draw eyes down, away from shoulders.

Diamond or Inverted Triangle Type

Tips and tricks:

  • Add volume to your lower body to balance or minimize a larger top
  • You can do this by choosing suits with wide straps, patterns or prints that draw the eyes down, skirts, side stripes, or “boy-cut” lets.
  • In particular, tops with underwire bras provide excellent support for the bust, skirted bottoms add an extra layer of depth to the lower body and wide or square necked suits flatter the shoulders.

Other Swimwear Tips

 

Focus on the Colors, Patterns, Details and Fabrics of the Swimwear

The secret to a sexy swimsuit is drawing the eye to your best assets and camouflaging your body flows. For this, you should work with colors, patterns, details and fabrics of the swimsuits you are choosing.

  • Go for a bright color or pattern, if you want to accentuate a certain part of your body.
  • Play with patterns to highlight a feature you like. This way the eye will be focused on the pattern, rather than your body. Keep the pattern size relative to your silhouette. Thus if you are petite, think smaller and more delicate patterns, and if you are a bit larger, small prints will just make you look even larger. So in this case, opt for larger and bolder prints.
  • To hide some problematic areas, use a solid color. If you are pale skinned, think black or jewel tones, like dark purple, navy and maroon. If you have dark skin, go for bright colors.
  • To add volume to certain areas (like the top), go for ruffles, frills or other embellishments. And on the contrary, to hide volume, use shirred and ruched fabric.

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope this guide showed you how to How to find the best swimsuit for your body type.

And now I’d like to turn it over to you:

Did you learn something new from this guide?

Or maybe you have a question.

Either way, leave a comment below right now.

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