Swimsuit Style Guide For Every Body Shape


Without a doubt, no two women are shaped exactly alike, and if you think you have to be a model to look great in a designer swimsuit, you’re absolutely wrong.  The key to looking like a beach-ready beauty is finding the right designer swimsuit style for your body type.  Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with this easy to use style guide.  Choose the body type that best describes your figure, and you’ll be ready for swimsuit season in no time.

Pear-Shaped Figure (A.K.A. Triangle)
Features: Women with pear-shaped figures are generally smaller up top (shoulders, bust, waist) and fuller on the bottom (hips, butt, and thighs).
Advice: You want to balance out the look by emphasizing your top half (particularly the bust area) and by playing down your bottom half (particularly the hips and butt areas).  Avoid hipsters and boyshorts, as too much fabric on the sides can make you look bulky.  Also, avoid designer swimsuit bottoms with busy prints or horizontal stripes, as they can also make you appear wider.
Your Perfect Style: Darker solid color bottoms paired with a print or embellished top will help draw attention toward the top.  Try a designer swimsuit top with ruffles, fringes, or beaded detail.  Also, high cut designer swimsuit bottoms help elongate the legs and give the illusion of a sleeker and slimmer look.

Apple-Shaped Figure (A.K.A. Inverted Triangle)
Features
: Women with apple-shaped figures are generally bigger up top (shoulders and bust) and smaller on the bottom (hips and butt).
Advice: You want to balance out the look by playing down your top half and by emphasizing your bottom halfAvoid designer swimsuit tops with busier prints and horizontal stripes, as they will draw attention to your top half and can make you appear wider.
Your Perfect Style: Dark solid colored tops paired with printed or embellished designer swimsuit bottoms will draw attention away from your top half and help you appear smaller up top.  Halter and constructed tops will provide more bust support, especially if they have underwires.  Printed swimsuit bottoms with thicker sides, like hipsters or boyshorts, will draw more attention to your bottom half.  Or, you could try a sexy skirted bottom; they’re universally flattering on everyone, and they’re great for hiding that inner thigh area.

Athletic/Boyish Figure (A.K.A. Rectangle)
Features: Women with athletic or boyish figures generally have very straight figures.  These women are generally non-curvy with narrow hips and a smaller bust.
Advice: You want to accentuate your bust and create the illusion of curvesAvoid bandeau-style swimsuit tops that go straight across, as they will make you appear smaller up top.
Your Perfect Style:  Although most designer swimsuit styles will work well for you, triangle and halter tops are always good for those with smaller busts, especially if they have busier prints or certain embellishments, like ruffles, fringes, or beaded detail.  Also, twisted bandeau tops or bandeaus that dip in the front (sweetheart styles) will help create more curves up top and give the illusion of a fuller bust.  Low-rise designer swimsuit bottoms with more fabric on the sides, like hipsters or boyshorts, can also create a curvier look.  For one-pieces, try monokinis; they have great cutout sections which help create the illusion of curves.

Hourglass Figure
Features: Women with hourglass figures are usually somewhat bigger up top (shoulders and bust area) as well as on the bottom (hips and butt area), but they usually have smaller waists.  In general, women with hourglass figures are proportionate, in that their bust size is about equal to their hip size.
Advice: Since your top half is already proportionate to your bottom half, you want to find designer swimsuit styles that will fit and support you well up top and on bottom.  However, you may want to avoid swimsuit bottoms that are too thin or too thick on the sides, as these designer swimsuit styles can throw your look off balance; thin stringed bottoms can further accentuate your hips, making you appear wider, while designer swimsuit bottoms with thicker sides, like hipsters and boyshorts, can take away from your sexy hourglass figure.
Your Perfect Style: Many consider hourglass figures to be ideal, and most designer swimsuit styles will work well for your body type.  If your bust is fuller, try halter or constructed tops, especially those with underwires, as they will provide better bust support.  For bottoms, try a tie-side designer swimsuit bottom with thicker ties.

Petite Figure
Features: Women with petite figures are generally shorter in stature (usually 5’4” or shorter) and their top halves are usually pretty proportionate to their bottom halves.  Petite women are usually characterized as having smaller trim figures, as well as smaller busts.
Advice: In order to appear taller, choose designer swimsuit styles that will help elongate your torso and/or legsAvoid bandeau tops that go straight across, as they will make you appear smaller up top.
Your Perfect Style: Triangle and halter tops are good for those with smaller busts.  Also, twisted bandeau tops or bandeaus that dip in the front (sweetheart styles) will help create more curves up top and give the illusion of a fuller bust.  Printed tops and tops embellished with sequins, beads, ruffles, or fringes will also help create the illusion of a fuller bust.  For bottoms, try low-rise designer swimsuit styles that expose more skin, which will make your torso appear longer.  Also, designer swimsuit bottoms with high cut legs and thin stringed sides will help elongate the legs, making you appear longer and leaner.  Vertical lines and vertical striped patterns will also help create the illusion of a longer torso.

 

Curvy/Full-Figured
Features: Women who are curvy tend to have fuller hips, often paired with a larger bust.  Despite what the media may say, curvy and full-figured women are voluptuous and sexy, and most importantly, they look healthy.
Advice: Above all, you want to find designer swimsuit styles that will fit and support you well up top and on the bottom.  You want to draw attention toward your best features and away from any problem areas.  Also, you don’t want to further accentuate your curves or make your hips appear wider.  Avoid horizontal striped patterns, as well as designer swimsuit bottoms that are too thin (stringed bottoms) or too thick (hipsters or boyshorts) on the sides.
Your Perfect Style: Halter and constructed tops, especially those with underwires, will provide great bust support.  If you want to hide your inner thigh area, skirted designer swimsuit bottoms are universally flattering on everyone, and they come in both one and two-pieces.  If you want to hide your tummy, try one-piece designer swimsuit styles; those with a higher Lycra Spandex count or sexy shirred detail are more slimming.  As a rule of thumb, dark solid colors for tops, bottoms, and one-pieces are generally more slimming than lighter colors or prints.


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    Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside just wondering about it :)

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  • PJ

    Thanks for the advice. I’ve never felt comfortable exposing my inner thighs, even though I am at the bottom of my healthy weight percentile. It feels like you are in your underwear!

  • http://www.instyleswimwear.com Susan

    I know what you mean PJ!