Swimsuit shopping can be a nerve-wracking experience! It always feels as though every single one of our worst imperfections is highlighted in a swimsuit dressing room. However, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be quite so stressful! If you try to choose swimwear that is naturally flattering to your body type, the whole process becomes that much more enjoyable. Keep reading for some tips on how to get the perfect swimsuit fit, every time.
These body types tend towards being bottom heavy, with curvy hips and thighs and a smaller bust. If this is your body shape, then you should avoid swimsuits that make cut your bottom half in an awkward way. This means no boy shorts or bottoms with extra fabric like ruffles. Your instinct might be to be cover up at the bottom, but the more fabric your put on the bottom half, the less flattering it will look. Go for simple, sleek bottoms like high-leg or high waisted styles and instead play up your top half. Try plunging necklines or otherwise eye-catching tops with ruffles, prints and bright colors.
Hourglass figures are usually quite balanced with bust and hips that are about equal in measurement and a smaller waist. This means you can basically wear most styles of swimsuits without any issues. Try to avoid mix and match styles because this will throw off the balance of your proportions—keep everything relatively matchy matchy. Swimsuits that highlight your waistline like those with ties or belts at the waist, or high waisted swimsuit bottoms will also be super flattering for your body type.
You tend to have a boxier figure, with your shoulders, waist and hips all having similar measurements. That means you want swimwear with embellishments to add some curves to your figure. Play with prints, textures, cut outs, ruffles and anything else that will add intrigue and volume to your figure. Especially with one pieces, diagonal panels, cutouts and ruching can give your body the illusion of a curvier figure. Don’t be afraid to show off skin as this will also add shape to your figure, especially when it comes to the bottom of your swimsuit—the smaller the bottom, the plumper the booty!
Those with a full bust, a round stomach and curvy hips and thighs fall into this category. But just because you have a lot of curves doesn’t mean you have to shy away from a bikini and stick to one piece. A one piece can be very flattering and comfortable for curvier body types but if you want to rock a bikini—a retro, Marilyn Monroe-esque swimsuit is very flattering. For additional support, look for swimsuits that have underwire such as balconet style tops. String bikinis will show a lot of skin so avoid these if you don’t want to show off your curves too much—instead choose bikinis with thicker ties.