How to Choose the Right Swimsuit for Your Figure
Confidence may be your key to rocking just about anything, but little could be done with confidence if you choose the wrong type of swimsuit. Most swimsuit styles reveal large areas of your body, which can be intimidating if you’re trying to cover some unflattering body features.
The different styles of swimwear, how much coverage they provide, and how they would look on your body shape, are all factors that put a lot of ladies under stress when buying a new swimsuit, but once you know your body type and pick a style that flatters your figure, you instantly get one of those silhouettes that everybody admires.
So we have decided to put an end to the anxiety and confusion that come with shopping for women swimsuits. With the help of swimwear fitting and style tips from fashion experts, we've created a complete guide of the best fit tips for every figure.
First, Know Your Body Shape
Your first rule to knowing what swimsuit type will best fit you is to know your body shape, a common mistake that many ladies do is to buy a swimsuit because it looked good on a celebrity or a friend who has a different body shape.
To know your body shape, measure your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point and bust at the fullest point. Once you have the numbers you can compare them to the following body shapes:
Hourglass shape (aka X shape):
Having an hourglass figure means that your bust and hips are have almost the same width, with a significantly smaller waist. This body type usually emphasizes the hips, legs, arms, chest and butt.
Pear shape (aka A shape or triangle):
The pear body shape is defined by having wider hips than both your waist and bust. Pear-shaped women tend to have a larger butt, a small bust and full thighs.
Apple shape (aka V shape or inverted triangle):
If your waist is significantly wider than your hips, and nearly as wide as your bust then you have an apple body shape. Other common characteristics of the Apple body figure is having slimmer legs, and a larger chest and abdomen compared to the rest of their body.
Rectangle shape (aka Straight shape) :
One of the most common body shapes in the US and UK right now, the straight body shape is defined by being thin all around with no significant difference between waist, hips and bust.
Oval Shape (aka Round shape):
Ladies with this body shape typically have an average or large bust, large hips, and a less visible or undefined waistline. In contrast with an hourglass figure, you have a fuller figure with a rounded bust and hips.
Choose a Swimsuit Based on Your Body Type
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:
Swimwear for Hourglass Shaped Figure
If you have an hourglass figure then you’re in luck, as almost any swimsuit will look great on you. From bandeau tops, haltertops and one-piece styles to two-piece swimsuits and bikinis, everything looks great on this type of figure.
You should just work with colors, prints, cuts and embellishments to draw attention to the areas you want and camouflage the problem areas.
Swimwear for a Pear Shaped Figure
Ladies with a pear shaped body should stick to a swimsuit style with a lot of control and coverage. A one-piece swimsuit with high cut legs will make you look slimmer and taller.
You can also go for two-piece swimsuits with dark colors on the bottom and a brighter tone for the top piece. You can also go for tops with detailing like pleats, ruffles or patterns, which should shift the attention to the top, while bottom piece should be kept simple and modest.
Another good option is a tankini with an attached swim skirt, which should compliment your figure beautifully and camouflage any body flaws,
You may like to accentuate your beautiful narrow shoulders and for this go for a strapless or one-shoulder asymmetrical swimsuit.
Swimwear Tips for a Straight Shaped Figure
Women with a straight shaped body should look for swimsuits that helps create that perfect hourglass shape, so look for a one-piece or two-piece bathing suit with some detailing around the waist.
Generally you should go for swimsuits with a form fitting waist and a soft cup bra. This will make your straight shaped body look curvier.
Another style that also works well for straight shaped figures are Halternecks, which are great for almost any body type. You can also try one-piece styles with a bold bright color overall and a darker one in the waistline, as this will make your waist appear smaller.
Go for ruffles or diagonal lines, and bright, cheerful patterns to accentuate your curves. However, stay away from horizontal-striped, solid-colored styles, as well as ones with cuts straight across your body.
Best Swimsuits for Apple Shaped Figures
Apple shaped women should stick with crossover swimsuit styles. For example choosing a color-blocked style with color in the middle will balance the figure and hide problematic areas.
Another good tip is to choose a model with high-cut legs, which should help shift the attention from your tummy and make your legs look taller.
Hot Tip: Choose swimsuits in darker shades, such as black to slim down your body. You can also work with prints and patterns.
Swimwear for Round Shaped Figures
Just like the rectangle figure, oval body types look great in swimsuits that accentuate your waistline. Choose full coverage styles with a slightly cinched waist or one-piece swimsuits that have built-in tummy toners to define your waist.
Go for something with a lot of details around the torso, which will provide visual interest and show your waistline curves.
Now that you have all the information you need to pick a swimsuit that flatters your body figure, go ahead and check out our womens swimming suits section, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with many of these models.