Plunge Into the Sea: Swimwear for Your Shape

Finding the right suit – one that’s designed for your body – is a task that can be difficult enough without us having to figure out if we’re pear shaped or not. Since every one of us wants to look our best and flaunt our styles, we must go for the suits that flatter and complement our figures rather than outshining us. Whether we’re catching waves at the beach or simply relaxing by the pool, we must wear the perfect piece for our body type so we can run around looking fabulous and not worry about a wardrobe malfunction.

Style is nothing without fit. So here are some guides that may help us pick the perfect cut and style to flaunt our beach body:

Hourglass Body Shape
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This is known as the ideal body shape for women, characterized by a curvaceous figure, with a full bust, well-defined waist, and full hips.

Since you already have the perfect shape, the key is to highlight your curves and flaunt your figure at the same time giving you enough support and coverage.

Wear tops that provide more support like bra style tops with underwire, higher backs, molded cups, and thick strap tops. Go for solid tops and avoid ruffles and heavy embellishments. Asymmetrical suits and retro suits are great too. Avoid string bikinis, and high-cut swimsuits that can be a bit too revealing and provides less support. Avoid mix-matched tops and bottoms that will make your body look disproportional.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape
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This body is athletic and strong, where the shoulders and chest are the broadest part of the body. The shoulders are wider than the hips, bust tends to be proportionally large and hips are smaller.

The objective is to create the illusion of an hourglass figure by balancing your proportions.

For tops, reach for a solid colored suit with printed patterns along the side or an asymmetrical and halter necklines. For bottoms, wear a swimsuit like tie-side bikinis to create the illusion of a fuller and curvier figure.


Triangle Body Shape
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Also known as “pear” body type. This shape has a shapely bottom, fuller at hips and thighs and smaller on top.

The objective is to give a body a curvier look and balance your proportions by drawing the eyes upward and getting the coverage you need for your bottom half.

With this kind of body shape, wear solids on the bottom, may be a skirted bottom that falls below the largest part of the upper leg and avoid boy short and thick bottom fabrics that will make your hips appear larger. Go for a high cut bottom that will accentuate your smaller waist. Another great way to draw the eye is by playing with proportions. For tops add a little noise and interest, go for more textures, bright colors, bold patterns, and plunging necklines and embellishments that will draw the eye up, minimizing the bottom.

Rectangle Body Shape
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It is also known as “ruler/straight” body type. With a ruler, there’s a little definition between bust, waist and hip measurements and has a tiny bit of a curve at the hips.

Since a smaller chest requires less support, you may go for styles with most minimal coverage or embellished detailing such as ruffles, bows, and bold patterns to create the illusion of a larger bust. Go for smaller swimsuit bottom like tie-side bikinis, to create the illusion of a fuller and curvier figure. The bolder and the brighter the pattern, the more it will become the focal point of your look. A swimsuit with a frilly or a ruffle feature blowing in the breeze adds more drama and is a lot more alluring than one that just stands still.

Diamond/Oval Body Shape
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Also known as an “apple” body type. It is characterized by a rounded waist since weight tends to form in the stomach and also accumulates on your thighs and sometimes the buttocks.

For tops, choose a plunging neckline to keep the attention upwards, rather than on your belly. Choose thick straps over thin straps that can make your shoulders look smaller. Go for high-waisted bottom, but just make sure it extends above your belly button to conceal it and prevents from creating bulges. Show off your legs by a high cut bottom. A one-piece with “ruching” and long tankini are great too for hiding muffin top.

Whether you’re hitting the beach with besties or just simply relaxing by the pool, it’s about body confidence. Feel confident and be in a good spirit, that’s it! So be now ready to make a splash this summer and flaunt your figure!

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