Everyone falls roughly into six shape categories which Simply Beach have described below, to help you choose swimwear that will be both flattering and stylish for you.
No matter what shape you are, we have swimwear that will suit you. There are also helpful tips on how to show off your better bits (or hide your problem areas), which will help you to feel confident by the pool or on the beach this summer.
Women with a larger bust need swimwear with good support, which will give a great shape. Click here to see beachwear with bust support.
We would recommend going for swimwear that is specifically designed for bigger busts with an underwired
or shelf bra. This extra support will ensure a better fit and more comfort. Click here to see DD+ swimwear.
When choosing swimwear, colour is an important factor. Bright colourful fabrics can make you look youthful and vibrant.
If you wish to show off your curves, then a bikini with a halter neck is the way to go. A neck band and supportive cups will help you show off your best bits. Click here to see bikinis with halter necks.
If you are fortunate enough to have a small bust, then halter necks and tri bikinis
are certainly the most flattering swimwear for you. The halter neck will flatter you by drawing the eye up and adds the illusion of a larger bust.
Having adjustable straps, whatever the style, will help you to ensure a good fit and with the correct cups you can be assured of the correct amount of lift a small bust needs.
If you wish to enhance the size of your bust, you should consider a bust enhancing bikini
. These bikini tops either have padding or push in the right places.
To further boost the look of your bust, we recommend wearing a brighter coloured top and a darker coloured bottom, which draws the eye to the bust away from the bottom. Or get a top with horizontal stripes or polka dots which makes your bust look fuller.
If you have hips and bust that are the same size but with a small waist, then you fall into the hourglass category. When picking swimwear you are lucky, because almost all styles will fit and suit you.
Showing off your defined waist is an easy thing to do: pick a bikini
over a tankini
or swimsuit, as it will show off your waist using your hourglass figure to the best effect.
Wearing a matching bikini, in either a matching colour or pattern, is best to keep your hips and bust ratio equal. Seafolly
do a great range of matching bikini tops and pants.
If you are a slim woman you will be able to get away with wearing tie side bikinis
and bottoms or narrow straps which will show off your lovely figure. If you are more voluptuous, try and stick to standard bikini bottoms which will flatter you perfectly.
If you have a long torso, getting a one piece swimsuit can be tricky. Firstly there is the issue of getting one long enough to fit in the body and secondly, having a solid block of colour on the torso actually adds to the height, making you look taller than you already are.
We therefore recommend steering away from a one piece and either going for a bikini or a tankini. These work better than a swimsuit, as the break of colour from the top and bottom distracts the eye.
If you wish to make your longer torso appear smaller, go with a high cut bottom. This will make the legs appear longer and your waist shorter.
Avoid bikinis with boyleg
bottoms, as these will make your legs appear shorter and you may appear out of proportion.
If you have hips that are larger than your bust and shoulders, then you are a pear shape. You need to wear swimwear that will balance your body shape. You need to reduce your hips and bottom whilst adding some volume up top.
To help you do this, we would recommend going for a high cut pant. This gives the illusion of longer legs, making the most of your pear shape.
Similar to having a small bust, pairing a bright or patterned top with a darker pant will balance your proportions out, as it boosts your bust and shrinks your thighs. You could also consider a padded bikini top.
Avoid covering up your bottom half with a larger pant or boyleg short, as more fabric just shows that there is more to cover.
If you have slim arms and legs and most of your weight is carried on your waist then you are the classic apple shape. It is easy to find swimwear to flatter your figure.
To show off your best bits, your slim legs go for bottoms that are cut high or tie sides which will help give the illusion of longer legs.
Tankinis were made for the apple shape, covering the tummy perfectly. However make sure it meets the pant. Leaving a gap there will only ensure people look at that which you were trying to cover.
A patterned top also breaks up any lines, giving the illusion of a smooth tummy. To help further, you could go for a sculpting suit which presses in the right places to ensure a good look. Miraclesuit
do some fantastic sculpting beachwear.