Idiot’s Guide to Choose Perfect Swimsuit for your Body Type

We all have that one friend who can fit it any outfit perfectly with her hour-glass figure and rock the look any day. We envy her and just sigh thinking when we’ll be able to come into her shoes. If that was not enough, this feeling becomes worse during the summer season; especially when we want to don a sexy swimsuit and make heads turn. But alas! We are not like that friend of ours who can even wear a brown sack and still make it look amazing!

picking best swimsuit for your body type

What we don’t understand is that we don’t really have to look like a million bucks or like that hourglass figured friend of ours. Each one of us has a different body type and we just need to figure out how to exactly dress like our individual body type and voila! We can rock any swimsuit we want to!

So let’s come down to the part where we discuss how to select that perfect swimsuit for your body type. But first we need to analyze what is our body type—Are we an apple-shaped; banana shaped; pear-shaped or hour-glassed shape (like our enviable friend! Oh how we wish we were!)

Easy Guide to choose Perfect Swimsuit for your Body Type to Make Sexy Style Statement

  1. Apple Body Shape
  2. Banana Body Shape
  3. Pear Body Shape
  4. Short Torso, Long Leg
  5. Short Legs, Long Torso
  6. Have Love Handles?
  7. Back Fat
  8. Tummy Pooch
  9. Plus-size Body Shape

1. Apple Body Shape

best swimsuit for apple shaped plus size

Waist wider than shoulders and hipsif that’s you, then you must go for a solid colored swimsuit with printed panels along the side. This will help create the look of an hourglass figure, thus creating an illusion of a narrower waist. You can also rock an asymmetrical neckline, which will draw the eye up and away, instead of straight across.

To remove the focus from the big chest, wearing an underwire will offer you the support you need while taking a dip in the pool. Also wearing a bathing suit with thicker straps and double-stitched bands will give you the most flattering results.

Best Pick: Plain top with the patterned bottom, thick straps, high-cut bottoms, halter tops, details such as frills or belts on the lower half, tankinis, corset swimsuits, hipsters, boyshorts
Worst Pick: Super thin straps, bandeaus

2. Banana Body Shape

best swimwear for rectangle body

Or rectangular, Shoulders and hips same width, no defined waist- If this is you, you must go for bold prints & embellishments or ruffles to create an illusion of a larger chest and fuller booty. You can also opt-in for a padded suit to give the look of a fuller chest.

Best Pick: Frills, ruffle, embellishments, gathering, triangle tops, tops with cushion/padding, tie side bikini bottoms,  cut-outs, shirring, and bold prints
Worst Pick: Bandeaus, sporty bottoms

3. Pear Body Shape

swimwear for pear shaped figures

Bigger Butt, smaller chest-If this is you, then one thing you must stay away from is wearing skimpy cut swimsuits and string bikinis so you don’t constantly keep tugging for more coverage back there! Rather you should opt for designs that help you to balance out your big booty- so go in for a plunging neckline to take the focus away from your big butt to your smaller chest. Wearing solid bottoms, printed colorful tops and high cut swimsuits also take away the focus from down there and balance out the whole look.

Best Pick: Lighter printed tops with contrast solid dark colored bottoms, plunging neckline, skirted bottom, full-coverage briefs, hipsters, molded cups, halter straps
Worst Pick: Boy shorts, busy prints or detailing at the bottom, peplum bodysuits

But then it’s always not possible to go black and white as per these classic body shapes while shopping for a swimsuit. We know it’s not possible to categorize every body type or every minor body problem, hence let’s focus on the left out areas one by one:

4. Short Torso, Long Leg

best swimsuit for short torso large bust

You can wear low-rise bottoms to create an illusion of elongated torso and halter straps to draw attention to your neck and shoulders, helping people lose focus on your short mid-section. You can also try high neck swim-wear for a stylish look.

Best Pick: Plunging Neckline, zip & lace-up fronts, low rise or square cut bikini  bottoms/one-piece, tankini
Worst Pick: High waist bottoms, high-cut on the piece

5. Short Legs, Long Torso

swimwear for long torso short legs

You must wear high-waisted swimsuits and high cuts in the leg to visually lengthen your gams since you end up showing more skin this way. You can also opt-in for a thong with an optimal lengthening potential if you’re bold enough.

Best Pick: High waist bottoms, high-cut on the piece
Worst Pick: Plunging Neckline, boy shorts, low rise or square cut bikini bottoms/one-piece

6. Have Love Handles?

swimsuit to hide love handles

Rule number 1- gotta hide them, yeah! Wearing swimsuits with more and firm coverage at the bottom will cover up those love handles for you.

Best Pick: High waist bikini bottoms
Worst Pick: Low rise bottoms, string bikinis

7. Back Fat

swimsuit to hide back fat

To hide your back fat you should stay away from thinner straps that dig into your back and make that fat look prominent. You should go in for thicker back straps instead. Also, wearing a high back swimsuit is a wise option as it will cover up your back fat.

Best Pick: High back swimsuit, thick straps
Worst Pick: Thin straps, Halter Neck, String Bikini

8. Tummy Pooch

plus size swimsuit to hide tummy

The only way to accentuate or rather hide your tummy pooch is by wearing a peplum swimsuit and voila! tummy pooch concealed! You could also go in for a ruched swimsuit with a plunging neckline.

Best Pick: High waisted bottoms, shirred swimsuits, tankinis, peplum, thick-banded top, halter neck, overlay one-piece, ruffles, plunging neck, surplice wrap one-pieces
Worst Pick: Low rise bottoms, string bikinis

9. Plus-size Body Shape

plus size swimsuit with underwire

Who says you can’t look sassy in a swimsuit if you’re a plus size. Try wearing a swimsuit with longer hemlines to up the style quotient.

Best Pick: Vibrant colors & prints, tankini, high waist bottoms, swim dress, shirred swimsuits, underwire bikini tops, high-neck halter tops, lighter colors on top and a dark skirt, Vertical details
Worst Pick: Peplum swimsuits, blouson swimsuits

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