Finding the best bathing suit for your shape

Christine Illes
Features Writer

When it comes to swimsuit season, finding that perfect bathing suit can be an overwhelming task. With so many types to choose from, it can be hard finding one that flatters you the most. If you’re dreading bathing suit shopping for the summer, here are some suggestions from to help you out!
Body Type
All of us are different shapes and sizes, and there are bathing suits out there that flatter our best qualities. Each body is beautiful in its own way, and you should be proud of what you have! There are four basic types, and once you know which type you are the easier finding a suit will be.
Rectangular Shape
A rectangular shape (also known as banana shaped or athletic) is often characterized by broad shoulders and proportional hips, a smaller bust and the lack of a defined waist.
Apple Shape
The apple shape or the inverted triangle shape is more top heavy than bottom heavy. This shape is characterized by a large bust, wide shoulders and small hips.
Pear Shape 
The pear shape or the triangle shape is more bottom heavy than top heavy. Women with this body shape tend to have a larger hip measurement than bust measurement, and tend to carry weight around the hips and thighs.
Hourglass Shape
The hourglass shape is known for having the bust and hip equal or close together in measurement. A woman with the hourglass shape tends to have a small, defined waist and has a curvy look.

Getting the perfect bathing suit for your shape is essential, and to find the perfect suit you need to know your body type and what suit fits it.
Getting the perfect bathing suit for your shape is essential, and to find the perfect suit you need to know your body type and what suit fits it.

There a variety of bathing suits available that come in many colors and styles. The four main styles of bathing suits are bikinis, tankinis, monokinis and one-pieces.
If you don’t want to show off much skin, definitely go for the one piece. Even if you want to show off some skin, you do not need to get a bikini if you do not feel comfortable. Tankinis and monokinis show off more skin than a one-piece but not as much as a bikini. There are even bikinis with high-waists that offer more coverage than the classic string bikini.
When selecting a suit, you need to know exactly what you want in a bathing suit. If you are planning on being active in the water or doing some crazy dives, you would probably want to look at one-pieces, tankinis and monokinis since they are more supportive. If you want to be out in the sun and tan all day, a monokini would not be a good idea, since it will leave you with weird tan lines. In this case, you can’t go wrong in a bikini!
Once you have an idea of what kind of style you want, you have to keep your body type in mind so you can find a suit that fits you best. You don’t want a suit too big or too tight.
If you are rectangular shaped…
If you want to add curves to a boxy frame, consider choosing suits with ruffles, ties or girly bow details to create volume and draw attention to your hips and bust. One-pieces can also create more of a waistline for you, and suits that belt at the waist will create more of a curve. Ruching and padding also adds more volume to your bust. Different patterns and prints are also helpful since they visually balance out an athletic frame. You can also get away with wearing string-bikini bottoms and triangle tops!
If you are apple shaped…
Make sure you find tops that support your bust. Go for underwires, halter shapes, thick straps and thick fabric. Strapless tops are not a good idea since they will not provide enough support. If you want to draw more attention to your bottom half and less to your upper, find a bottom that is patterned or a bright color and a top that is solid or dark. This will create a more balanced look. If you are planning on purchasing a two-piece, you will have to find them as separates since it is likely you will need a larger size in the top than in the bottom. You can also get away with wearing string bikini bottoms!
If you are pear shaped…
Boy short bikini bottoms are great if you want more coverage of your lower half. As with the apple shaped, you will have to get a two-piece sold as a separate since the bottoms will be a bigger size than the top. If you want to add more volume to your bust and less to your bottom, look for patterned or bright colors for the top and dark, solid colors for the bottom. Don’t be afraid of triangle tops either!
If you are hourglass shaped…
One of the best things to do is to avoid mixing and matching. Mixing and matching could make you look disproportioned. If you have a skinny hourglass figure, you can pull off the classic string bikini look with no problems! But if you have a larger chest, make sure you look for extra coverage and support. Don’t be afraid to show off your curves!
Now that you have an idea of what style and cut of suit you would like, you can think about what color is best. If you are pale or cool toned, it is best to go with darker colors such as black, blue or purple. If you are dark skinned or warmer toned, bright colors look great such as yellow, orange and red. If you can’t determine your skin undertone, look at the color of your veins. If they appear more blue than green, you’re cool. If they have a greener tint, you’re warm.
In the end, the most important thing is how you feel. Find a suit that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Hopefully, these tips will help you find that suit you’re looking for. In the end, you will feel great!

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