Take heart. It’s no secret how hard it can be finding the right style that perfectly flatters your body. But there’s a style out there for every body shape. You just have to know what will flatter you – and what to avoid.
The first step is to know your general body shape (triangle/athletic, square, hourglass, thin, pear) and try on different styles that highlight the good bits!
Full Hourglass – This body shape fits many swimwear styles but you have to decide how much you want to emphasize those great curves. If you want a bit more coverage and support, look for molded cups, thicker straps, and higher backs. Solid colours on top work well. Avoid ruffles, too many embellishments, and string bikinis.
Athletic (Triangle) – When you have an athletic figure, you also can wear any style, but you might want to give yourself a more “curvy” look, and de-emphasize your wider shoulders. Look for asymmetrical (1 strap), one piece with vertical stripes, or the trendy scalloped neckline. You can wear those great athletic swimsuits and bikinis.
“Rectangular/ruler straight” – If you have little definition between bust, hips and waist, look for embellishments like ruffles, bows and bold patterns. A suit with padding can help to give you a little somethin’ extra. Contrasting solid panels along the sides help create the look of an hourglass figure. You can also rock a halter or an asymmetrical neckline, which will draw the eye up and away, instead of straight across.
“Rounder” in the middle – Choose one-piece swimsuits, or long tankinis, perhaps with plunging neckline to keep the attention upwards, rather than on your stomach. Suits that cross over the front diagonally are great as well as front wraps and suits with ruching. Solid colours work, or a tankini with a flare are great.
Full Hips and Thighs – Balance out a bottom-heavy figure with bold patterns or colors on top that draw the eye upward. Avoid boy shorts that hit straight across the thigh, making them appear wider.
Burn Easily – Consider swim dresses or the popular rashguard. The long-sleeved tops are worn over a suit, and come in a variety of fun, eye-catching prints.
Tall guys – Choose swim board shorts that land right above the knee. These keep things in proportion, drawing attention away from your height.
Short –Mid-thigh is the ideal length for guys who stand at 5’8” and under. The shorter inseam makes your legs look longer.
Love handles – Look for a pair of shorts that feature a narrower cut and a shorter leg. A wide, adjustable waistline is ideal for hiding any hint of love handles. If your legs are in good shape, go for a boxy, mid-thigh fit.