Before we dive into this topic, it’s important to note that you should always wear whatever you feel most comfortable in! If you enjoy wearing a two-piece swimsuit, then by all means throw one on. If a one-piece swimsuit floats your boat, then grab your favorite and head to the beach.
Now that we’re on the same page, let’s change the language a little and discuss swimsuits from a healthy perspective.
The suggestions below are only intended to help draw attention to a certain part of your body (if that’s how you wish to shop for a swimsuit). Regardless, you will always be beautiful no matter the style of swimsuit you choose to wear.
It’s important to understand body shapes which will help us identify the unique characteristics of apparel that will help us achieve our style goal. While most of us are somewhere in between these body shapes or a mix of one or two, generally, these are the shapes that are most commonly used for styling.
Body shapes are defined by your body’s silhouette:
- Pear – hips are larger than waist and bust
- Apple – waist is larger or same as your bust
- Hourglass – waist is smaller than your bust and hips
- Straight – hips, waist, and bust are all the same from side to side
Highlight your best features:
Halter or multiple strand cutout bikini tops will draw attention to the bust.
Try printed bikini tops with a solid colored bottom.
Push-up or padded bikinis will shape and give the illusion of a bigger bust.
Deep plunge one-piece will flatter the girls.
Choose twisted bandeau bikini tops or ruffled ones for an hourglass shape.
High-waisted swimsuit bottoms will elongate your legs.
High leg one-piece will also give the appearance of longer legs, note that the cutout for the legs on these one-piece swimsuits are much higher than a regular one.
Low rise bikini bottom with a halter neck top will elongate the middle and show off curvy hips.
Go for ruching or twisted details on the top for another balancing visual trick.