Swimsuit season is in full swing, a time to flaunt that body you spent all winter working on. While working out and eating right are important, it is also essential to be aware of what shapes and styles will be most flattering on YOUR body type.
I never used to think the shape of a swimsuit mattered, I mean your body will be exposed no matter what, so what difference could it possibly make? Turns out I was very wrong and over the years I have become somewhat of a dressing for your body expert and have come to realize the immense importance of shape, cut, and styles.
When it comes to swimsuits, something as seemingly minor as a thick strap instead of a thin one, or a high-cut bottom as opposed to a one that sits low on the hips can make a HUGE difference in the way your beach-bod looks.
Read on to find out which swimsuit shapes will work for your body type!
1. APPLE: An apple-shape is one where the upper torso is larger than the hips and thighs. Apple figures usually have broad shoulders, wide torsos and large busts with narrow hips and slim legs.
Tips: As an apple shaped gal, your focus should be on swimsuits that will minimize your wider mid-section. Try one-piece suits in v-neck cuts, these will add shape and definition to waist. Styles that plunge will have a waist-narrowing effect while a slight v-cut will draw the eye toward the bust and face, so either one can work. Tankinis or one-pieces with graphic prints or those in dark shades are great ways to minimize your tummy or bust-region.
When it comes to bikinis, look for bottoms with embellishments such as belts, ties, ruffles, and sashes which will help fill out your narrow hip-region, creating the illusion of more even proportions. Teeny tiny bikini bottoms should be avoided at all costs as they will make you look even more top-heavy. Horizontal stripes and shiny fabrics are also major no-nos and can make the mid-section appear larger which is exactly what you don’t want.
Calvin Klein Halter Bead Embellished Swimsuit, $120
Miraclesuit ‘Here,Kitty- Sonatina’ One Piece, $132
La Blanca by Rod Beattie Hola Ombre Tankini, $156
2. PEAR: A pear-shaped figure is defined by a smaller bust and waist in proportion to the hips and thighs. The upper torso and waist are usually the slimmest regions of a pear-shaped body with the hips and thighs being more generous.
Tips: As a pear-shape, your focus should be on swimsuit styles that will balance out your uneven proportions. Since you’ve got a tiny top half, don’t be afraid to flaunt it with prints and embellishments that draw the eye upward. To add a bit more heft to your small bust, look for tops with a touch of padding and under-wire support. Tops that are ruffled, ruched, or draped are also great for achieving a bustier look.
To create the illusion of smaller hips, opt for bottoms in darker shades with a high-cut leg- a great trick for for elongating the lower torso. Skirted bottoms are perfect for any pear-shaped ladies who want more coverage and can even out the sides of your hips and conceal imperfections and unflattering bulges.
Tara Matthews Snake Halter Bikini, $335
Kushcush Walflower Bandeau Bikini, $162
Melissa Odabesh Anna Halter Bikini, $185
3. PENCIL: A pencil shaped figure is one that is long, lean, and shapeless. Ladies with this body type tend to be lanky with small busts and minimal curves.
Tips: As a pencil shaped gal, your focus should be on styles that will add some shape and femininity to your figure. Be not afraid of embellishments like ruffles, jewels, ties, and bows- all of which will give your straight and narrow physique a bit more curve and dimension.
Padded tops, triangle shapes and bandeau styles, are best for playing up your minimal bust-region.If you prefer something with a little more coverage, try suits with a horizontal neckline or bloused top. This will draw attention to your shoulders and give the illusion of a fuller bust. To add some definition to your waist and hips, look for bottoms with ruffles, belts, or side-ties. If you wanna rock a one-piece, look for cut-out styles that cutaway at the waist to create the illusion of a curvy silhouette.
Zimmermann Sirens Contrast Print Bikini, $220
Rosa Cha Draped Bandeau Bikini, $196
Milly Marabella Maillot Swimsuit, $225; NOW: $135
4. HOURGLASS: The hourglass figure has long been considered the ideal feminine form. Women with this shape have wide hips and busts and very slender waists.
Tips: As an hourglass gal, you have been blessed with a figure that was made swimsuits. Maintaining balanced proportions is key so look for matching styles in either solids or prints. Since you have a full-bust, focus on tops that provide support. Halter styles with thick straps that can be tied in back and around the neck are ideal as they allow you to make adjustments for the perfect fit. Tops that are banded around the midriff are also great options for added support.
When it comes to one-pieces, look for wide straps and styles with a shelf bra or foam cups for bust-support. Styles with a plunging v-neck are ultra flattering and will play up your god-given sexy shape.
Diane von Furstenberg Ring Halter Neck Bikini, $190
Le Doux Goddess Two Piece, $79.90
La Blanca by Ron Beattie One Piece Cup Bandeau, $109; NOW: $81.75
– SABRINA ALEXIS