Before you start looking into swimwear guidelines and trends that are based on a certain body type, remember that in the end, you can really wear whatever you want. If you find something cool, nice, trendy and flattering, go for it! You have complete freedom in creating your own outfits and that goes for swimwear, too. But, if you’re not quite sure about the style you prefer and you just want some helpful advice to look your best on the beach/pool, keep in mind the following tips.
1. You have a pear body type
In case the upper part of your body is smaller with narrow shoulders, yet your bottom and hip area are curvier, you have a pear body shape. In this case, adding some balance with flashy swimwear tops (such as frills and tassels, for instance) and minimal bottoms may look quite good. In case of a two-piece swimsuit, make sure to ether go with skirted bottoms or bikini cut. Those of you interested in a one-piece should consider swimsuits with plunging necklines and otherwise effective designs around the chest area.
2. You have a large bust
Regardless of the actual shape of your body, a large bust can cause some clothing issues for everyone. And, as you can probably imagine, the key tip here is to find a swimwear top that offers proper support. Bra-like underwire and moulded tops should be your go-to choices when it comes to both bikinis and one-piece suits. You can also find swimwear tops similar to sports bras, but you really need to try these to be sure that they’re strong and restricting enough. A higher back in this case would benefit the ladies with larger busts as well.
3. You have a small bust
On the other hand, if you have a small bust, you can make the most out of the current Instagram swimwear trends that are all about the triangle tops and bandeaus. Of course, you can always get a padded swimsuit top to make this area appear visually bigger. And if, on top of that, you have a smaller frame and build, you can get away with pretty much anything as long as it hugs your body properly and doesn’t feel or look loose. This is especially important for one-piece swimsuits.
4. You have an athletic build
If you’re an athletic person who has a straighter figure, with hips and shoulders of equal width and not too prone of a waist, you have a so-called athletic build. Obviously, with this body type, you can enjoy whatever swimsuit you like, pretty much, but, if you want something that will fit perfectly with your figure, bold prints, vibrant patterns, ruffles and embellishments will always look great and create a bit more curve. On the other hand, if you want to flaunt your athletic body, sports one-piece swimsuits and bikinis will definitely look amazing. As far as bikinis are concerned, go for skimpier bottoms.
5. You have a problematic tummy
Ladies often gain weight around their tummy area, which is why there’s more demand for shapewear and swimwear that effectively tightens and smooths the tummy. Also, carrying the weight in the middle will probably place you in the apple body shape category. So, here’s what you need to know about your perfect choice of swimwear: ruching is great for high-waisted bottoms and one-piece swimsuits. What’s more, the wrap style swimsuits can be very effective in shaping your body while accentuating curves where they are the most flattering.
6. You have a curvy body shape
If you have a curvy frame, you can accentuate your curves properly with the right choice of cover and support. Bikinis may not be the best choice for you, but brief-like, classic and high-waisted bottoms paired with underwired bra-like tops can look amazing. Asymmetrical designs and color blocking are especially effective in highlighting your nicely shaped figure.
It’s always useful to be aware of your body shape but don’t think that you absolutely have to sacrifice your own taste. Even more so nowadays, when there are so many different options available. The most important thing about a swimsuit will always be its quality, so pay attention to that, too.