Warmer weather is fast approaching and that means it’s almost time to hit the beach in your swimwear. But let’s face it, most women dread shopping for swimsuits, and finding the right suit to flatter your figure can be a frustrating experience. However, by knowing and understanding your body type and what look is best for you, you can relieve some of that frustration and look your best this summer season. The four most common body shapes are: Apple, Pear, Banana and Hourglass.
Apple-shaped woman carry weight in their middle and upper half. Generally, woman with this type of body shape have a larger bust with narrower legs and hips. Choose a swimsuit with a higher cut on the leg, which will add length to your lower half and even out your figure. Suits with Lycra and spandex can pull in your waist, giving your belly a more flattened toned look. Look for suits with a v-shaped or plunging neckline to showcase your assets while distracting from a round middle. Look for support in the form of solid cups or underwire, especially if you’re blessed with a larger chest.
Unlike the apple body shape, pear-shaped women usually have a smaller bust and carry weight more in their bottom half, including the legs, thighs and buttocks. Therefore the goal is to make your top half appear more in line with a curvier bottom. If you’re looking for a two-piece, look for styles that are mix and match, allowing you to buy a smaller top and larger size bottom for a comfortable fit. One-piece swimsuits can also look fabulous on a pear-shape. Choosing a suit with an attention-getting color or pattern at the neckline that draws attention towards the neck and bust, and makes both the top and bottom appear balanced. Avoid high cut legs or thongs and instead opt for suit that comes down lower on the hip and leg.
Banana shapes have a more athletic build, with smaller hips and bust and a less-defined waist. Therefore, the trick is to find a suit that adds curves to a streamlined physique. Luckily banana shapes can look great in both one-piece and two-piece swimsuits. If you have a modest bosom, consider a padded or push-up top to add cleavage and a light lift. A bottom with a low cut or boy short look will add the look of a curvy hip. Avoid straight up and down uniformed color swimsuits that can make this shape seem even straighter. Instead, experiment with bright colors and patterns.
Hourglass figures have equal, or close to equal, measurements between the chest and the hips with a narrow defined waist. You may think that the hourglass figure is the most enviable of them all but let’s face it, no figure is perfect and this shape can be found in anyone from a size 2 to a size 30. However, hourglass figured girls are blessed in that they get to choose exactly what they’d like to highlight. A low-cut swimsuit will showcase the bosom, while a high-cut bottom can show off a great pair of legs. Hour-glass figures should avoid a loud pattern on the top or the bottom and instead for a uniform pattern or color throughout. If you have a slight tummy, opt for a one-piece with a control panel built in, or a bottom with a high waist.
Remember, no one has the perfect figure. No matter what you shape you’re in, knowing what works and what doesn’t on your unique shape will make you look and feel great when showing off some skin this summer.