Summertime means beach time and that, in turn, means swimsuit shopping.
When it comes to swimsuits, much like with other clothes, it was bad enough that the selection in local stores was abundant, but now there are thousands of options to choose from online stores, too. This only makes it more difficult.
Let’s be honest ladies, just like last year, you will want to buy at least half of the designs available this year as well.
Now, this brings us to another thing that will affect the shopping: body shape. Despite how cute that floral bikini you saw in a photo looks, depending on the shape of your body, it might not be a smart choice.
Each body is different, true, but there are four general shapes that swimsuit designs are based on: apple, pear, rectangle and hourglass.
The point in identifying your body shape is to learn how to shop correctly, in order to choose clothes that will highlight the best features of the body. This will create a more flattering appearance and in turn, you will feel confident in knowing that you look beautiful.
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For today, we have selected three gorgeous swimsuits for each body shape. And as a bonus, under each category, there will be a brief explanation on how to find out what your shape is, as well as a picture for better illustration.
1. Apple Body Shape
Take a look at Drew Barrymore and notice her form. She is a classic apple shape, because of the roundness on the upper body and fuller waist.
One of the best swimsuits for this shape are high-waist designs. The reason for this is the enhancing of the chest that this swimsuit design creates. It also gives the hips a rounder shape and makes the waist appear slimmer.
Angerella Polka Dot High Waisted Bikini
The designs selected are all by Angerella and the first one is this polka dot cutie. This one is very suitable for the not well-endowed ladies in the upper part of the body, as it has a wire frame and comes with light padding, for a push-up effect.
The material is elastic, too, so it will wear a lot better and fit more comfortably. The top is a halter neck design, with double strapped back. The bottom is fully covering, with slight wrinkling when worn.
They are available in 13 colors, some of which include: Navy, Orange, Purple, Green, Black and Red. While the majority of the options are with polka dots, there are also other variations if you’re not a fan of them.
Angerella Ruched High Waisted Bikini
Next comes this vintage design that will bring out the classy and sensual in you. They are elastic, too, and have a halter neck as well.
The top has this cute tying in front and the back closes with tying straps. The top is also padded and very suitable for both busty and smaller chests. The bottom is wrinkly and quite high.
They come in 9 different options, both in colors and patterns.
Angerella Vintage Pin Up One Piece Swimsuit
If you prefer a monokini instead, this vintage pin up design will take you back to the 50’s style. It is a very feminine design that will round up the hips and perk your chest right up with the bra support.
They are elastic and have a halter neck, which ties at the back. It comes in 6 different options: Black, Dark green, Navy, Red, Wine red and Floral.
2. Pear Body Shape
The pear shape is easy to spot. People often refer to it as the “wider hips” or more commonly, the “Beyonce” body. That’s why Beyonce is the one we chose to illustrate this body shape.
A pear body shape woman has narrow shoulders, usually with a medium to small chest size and wide, round hips, as well as thick thighs.
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When choosing a swimsuit for this shape, you should look for a design that will help make your upper body look a bit wider and create better symmetry.
While high-waist designs look okay with this body shape, they will enhance the hips a lot more, leaving the upper body looking much smaller and the overall shape looking somewhat disproportional.
Alove Floral Push Up Bikini
The first design we have selected is by Alove, a vintage floral bikini. This is a pretty cool bikini, as it has a medium-height waist that can be folded down. This way, you can wear it higher or lower.
It has a push up bra that closes in the back with a clasp and has adjustable shoulder straps. The top can be worn as a halter top and even strapless.
The bottom is fully covering and comes with a floral print band. There are 2 colors available: Navy and Blue.
Seaselfie Falbala Bikini
Seaselfie‘s Falbala bikini set is a very girly and playful design. It has a ruffle top, with push up bra, which you can wear with or without shoulder straps.
It resembles a cute crop top, as the ruffles go over the arms, like sleeves. The bottom is a bit more revealing and low height. It comes in the color Aqua blue.
Bettydom One Piece Swimsuit
The one piece swimsuit for this body shape is by Bettydom and it is suitable for the curvier ones among you as well.
It is a very feminine design, with contrasting colors, that separate the top from the bottom. The top comes in a V-neck cut and has shoulder straps that are attached to the body of the swimsuit.
The bottom part is fully covering and form-tightening, meaning that it will tuck in the softer parts of your hips and tummy. The color options include: Red, Bright blue and Light blue.
3. Rectangle Body Shape
If you are a regular at the gym, you’re more likely to have a rectangle body shape, like Cameron Diaz.
Typically, this body shape refers to women who have shoulders approximately as broad as their hips, usually due to working out. They have a straight waist that is, more often than not, toned and muscular.
Women with this body shape are not too curvy and as such, the bikini shape we would recommend are those with low-cut bottoms, that will highlight your toned abs.
Bettydom Two Pieces Swimsuit
This one is by Bettydom, a really flattering design. The top is both cute and quite smartly designed, as it gives the appearance of a rounder chest. It can be worn either strapless or as a halter top, that you tie in the back.
The bottom are quite low-cut, with gorgeous gold rings on both sides, to connect the front and back. It comes in the color Navy, with a striped print and the color Black, with white polka dots.
Relleciga Tringle Bikini
Next, by Relleciga, we have selected this triangle bikini with floral and camo prints. The top is slightly ruffled and ties to the back and neck as a halter top.
The bottom is also ruffled and can be tied on both sides. This is a bikini best suited for sunbathing as it is very low-cut and close to a Brazilian design. There are 3 colors to choose from: Blue, Yellow and Neon camouflage.
The third bikini for a rectangle body shape is this ruffle top design by 4Giveness. It is really cute and youthful, with floral print on the ruffled front and contrasting-colored bottom. These colors are Black and Coral pink.
The bottom are really low-cut, not fully covering and with elastic straps on both sides. The halter top is padded and ties in the back.
4. Hourglass Body Shape
Lastly we have the famous hourglass body shape, the one shape that wears it all, like Salma Hayek.
If you have a proportional shape, that starts out busty, narrows noticeably at the waist and then widens at the hips, congratulations!
While yes, you can wear any swimsuit design, if you’re looking to turn a few heads, then we’d highly recommend going with a one piece.
Alove One Piece Swimsuit With Skirt
Alove‘s polka dot one piece is a very playful design. It comes with a ruffled skirt that helps cover the thighs a bit, if you’re looking to make them appear slimmer.
The top part is padded and has shoulder straps that attach on the back. The bottom is fully covering and the skirt comes in a contrasting color from the main body.
This is a swimsuit that will help tuck the tummy, too. You can choose from 3 colors: Black, Green and Ice flower.
FeelinGirl One Piece Swimsuit
The second one piece is by FeelinGirl. This is a design available as either double shoulder or off-shoulder, with lace trims that show the skin through.
It is a beautiful design that will help elongate the torso, while enhancing the narrow waist. Another plus is that it is very flattering to plus size women, as well.
It comes in 10 colors, including: Grey, Black, Blue, White, Red and Purple.
Seaselfie Falbala High-Waisted Bikini
Bringing us to the end of this selection, which we hope you found helpful, is this design by Seaselfie.
It is a ruffle top swimsuit, with high-waist bottom. The halter top is padded and available in the colors Orange pink and Black.
The bottom, on the other hand, comes in a striped Black and White print, for both top options.