Women Bathing Suits For Body Types
Pear-shape, hourglass, inverted trapezoid — we can’t even keep track of the ways people are categorising women’s bodies anymore. When you’re at the mall, do you ever say, “Ugh I can’t wear this top because I’m apple-shaped”? No, you say — I can’t wear this top because my chest is too big/too small or my torso is too short/too long.
Since we, as fashion editors, couldn’t decipher our “body shapes” we figured most of the female population must be having the same problem as well. To help everyone out, we decided to come up with a guide to bathing suit shopping using language we use when we talk about ourselves. Whether you want to conceal cellulite, hide back fat or provide enough support for the girls, we’ve got a suit for you.
Finding a suit that flatters your bust can be a challenge. The best bet for a gal with a lower chest is to go for a top with embellishments or ruffles to give the illusion of a more massive chest. Alternatively, a suit with padding can help to provide you with a little something’ somethin’ extra.
For the girls with big girls, string bikinis are not your friend, nor are bathing suit tops that come in size S, M and L. Cup sizes and underwire will offer you the support you need so your boobs won’t be all over the place when you take a dip. Also, look for thicker bathing suit straps and double-stitched bands for the most flattering results.
There are a few things you can do to balance out your body when you’ve got a set of broad shoulders. First, opt for a solid coloured suit with printed panels along the side. This will help create the look of an hourglass figure, thus evening out a boxy upper body. You can also rock an asymmetrical neckline, which will draw the eye up and away, instead of straight across.
This is another time when frills and ruching come in handy, as they give the illusion of a more significant behind. Opt for bottoms in bright colours and loud prints to try and distract from a flatter tush. Also, showing a little cheek is preferable to full-coverage bottoms.
If you’ve got an ample backside, string bikinis and high-cut swimsuits can often be uncomfortable and a bit too revealing. You’ll need a suit with enough fabric in that area, so you’re not constantly tugging for more coverage or picking a wedgie. So beyond avoiding Brazilian and other skimpy cut swimsuits, you should look for designs with solid bottoms and printed tops — which will help balance out your big booty.
Compact, Athletic Body:
The goal here is to give the illusion of more curves, which is quickly done with a top with cups, padding and gathering, and by picking girlie prints and bright colours. Don’t go for straight-across bandeaus, boy-cut briefs or shapeless full-pieces, as this will only enhance your athletic figure.
Oh, how we love to hate our Love Handles. But fighting the bulge is easier than you think. A high-waisted bottom works wonders — just make sure it extends above your belly button to prevent a muffin top.
The trick to elongating a short torso is adding length and lifting the bustline. Low-rise bottoms make your torso appear longer, and halter straps draw attention to your neck and shoulders, making people skim over your short mid-section.
To try and flatter a fuller thigh, opt for bottoms with a little bit more coverage. Bottoms with a skirt can help to conceal part of your upper leg (and feel free to skip the bikini wax).