Figuratively speaking, a woman often hears her body being described as a fruit – pear, apple, banana – or even a geometric shape like upside-down triangle, square or oval. But do you honestly stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I too eggplant-shaped to wear this top?” No, probably not. Instead, you simply blame it on the girls or your love handles.
Since most women can’t figure out if they’re shaped like an hourglass or a banana (neither can we), it’s time we put an end to the frustration that comes with shopping for these overly specific body types that never seem to make sense.
With spring just around the corner, we’ve broken down a list of the best bathing suit styles for every shape – from a small chest to curvy hips, we’ve got you covered. Well, the suit has you covered.
Here is the ultimate guide to choosing a swimsuit (using language we can all actually understand) that will flatter your figure:
If you’re a bit chesty, you’ll want to find a bathing suit that provides enough support and doesn’t show off too much cleavage. The best style for you is one that closely resembles a bra – with an underwire and molded cups – to fully get that support you need. Avoid tops that come in small, medium and large, and instead opt for your proper cup size. Thicker arm straps and hook-and-eye latches will also help keep those girls in place as you cannon ball into the pool. Steer clear of tops that have ruffles – this only draws more attention to your chest.
A small chest doesn’t require as much support, so lucky ladies with this body type can get away with just about any top! Feel free to explore styles with minimal coverage, stand-out bows, intricate patterns and embellished detailing. To give off the illusion of a larger chest, wear a tiny triangle top or bandeau. You could also try a suit with a little bit of padding to offer an extra lift and create cleavage.
If you’re in this category, choose a suit that will add length and lift your bustline to elongate your short torso. Do so by wearing a low-rise bottom to make your torso appear longer; pair it with a halter top drawing attention to your upper body. This way, people will skim over your midsection and look straight at your neck and shoulders.
If you haven’t been hitting the gym as much as you wished and can’t seem to shake that tummy pouch, not to worry – hiding your belly is actually a lot easier than you think. Opt for a one-piece swimsuit with a plunging neckline to keep the focus upward rather than on your mid-section. A darker color suit will also defer attention away from your stomach. If you want to wear a bit of color, go for a two-piece suit with a peplum or tunic top paired with your standard bottom.
If you’re on the curvier side and are looking for a way to hide those love handles, a high-waisted bottom works like magic. Don’t be afraid to go bold and wear a fun pattern – these bottoms do wonders in covering you up. Just be sure the bottoms are pulled up over your belly button to avoid a muffin top.
Feeling a little self-conscious about your cellulite and thicker thighs? Not to worry! Balance out your proportions with a skirted bottom that falls just below the largest part of your leg. This is the perfect way to conceal your upper thighs and mask those insecurities of yours. Again, consider going for a top with a plunging neckline to draw eyes upward.