Swimwear to Suit your Body Shape

We all know that all women, and all body shapes are not created equal, but don’t fret. We’ve got some tips on finding the right swimsuit for your body shape, so you can hide those little bits you don’t love so much, and more importantly, show off your best assets!

Boyish or Small Bust
Women with this figure type often have lovely slim, athletic figures, so they can really go for any types of swimwear. Often, women with boyish figures may have smaller busts, so in this instance, go for bikinis with halter tops, or padded bikini tops to create the illusion of a larger bust. Bikinis with ruffles or ruching on the top also add bulk, creating the illusion of a larger bust. Halter bikinis with matching bottoms also create the illusions of curves. While women with boyish figures do look great in bandeau styles, a triangle or halter style with matching triangle bottoms will make you look curvier.

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Jets, jets.com.au

Pear Shape
Pear shaped women tend to be larger on the bottom than on the top, so the thigh and bottom area can tend to be the area they most want to disguise. The key is to minimise your bottom half, and create the illusion of balance with your top half. Choose tops in brighter colours and bottoms in dark, block colours or tops in bold patterns. Or try a tankini style, as the longer top will draw the eye towards your torso and bust. Avoid boy-short style bottoms, as these will also make your bum look larger. And of course, if all else fails, the trusty sarong is your friend!

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Blue Dude, bluedude.co.nz

Big Busted
Darker colours are best, and avoid horizontal stripes! V neck or halter styles work well, as they elongate your figure, and balance your bust line, and also provide great support. Underwire cups are also a necessity for supporting and lifting your bust. Avoid bandeau and string bikini styles as these will make you appear more top heavy, and will likely feel very uncomfortable!

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Jets, jets.com.au

Apple
Apple shaped women tend to have a larger top half, and the mid-section can be less defined. Look for a swimsuit that will create a more defined waist. Try looking for swimwear with panelling or ruching in that area to create shape. Or if you’re not happy with your tummy, there are some very cute and fashion forward one pieces that will make you look slimmer. . Or try a bikini with detail around the bust, to draw the eye upward!

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Glassons, glassons.com

Hourglass
Those of you lucky enough to have that ideal hourglass figure will look great in swimsuits! Here are some tips for ensuring you accentuate your best assets. Triangle bikini tops and bottoms look great on this figure (as long as your bust is moderate or small), so why not go for cute matching tops and bottoms in bright colours or prints? If you’re daring, hourglass shapes tend to have balanced proportions, and great legs, so try a higher cut one piece to make you appear longer and leaner.

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Glassons, glassons.com

And remember, the key to looking fab in your swimsuit is confidence! By choosing a bikini that accentuates your best assets, you’ll feel comfortable and happy on the beach this summer.

Article by Natalie Cosgrove

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