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How to Choose the Right Designer Swimwear for Women’s Body Types

While there’s no shortage of gorgeous designer swimwear for women’s needs, it can be difficult to determine what will actually suit your body shape – especially if you’re shopping online.

Make the most of the summer (and your finances) by investing in a quality garment that truly flatters your body.

We share everything you need to know about dressing to suit each body type (Hint: You’ll want to identify your body shape, first).

Hourglass

The hourglass shape is defined by a small waist and large bust and hips – this is a well-balanced figure that looks similar to an hourglass. You’ll want to opt for designer swimwear for women’s needs which:

  • Has high-cut bottoms; this will elongate your figure
  • Is a one piece with side cut-outs; these emphasise your waist
  • Avoids board shorts as these hide your curves and create a heavy, boxy look
  • Avoids frills and ruffles – you don’t need to add anything to your lovely, full shape!

Rectangle

Those with a straight body shape (i.e. no defined waistline) might want to look for designer swimwear for women’s needs which create the illusion of curves. You can do this by:

  • Wearing costumes with lots of ruffles, frills and embellishments; this helps add volume to the body
  • Wearing one-pieces with cut-out sides to create the illusion of curves
  • Wearing bikinis with strings
  • Avoiding bandeau tops; choose ones with padded cups instead for a seemingly more fuller bust
  • Wearing high-cut bottoms to add length and enhance roundness.

Apple

Those with an apple body shape tend to be more top-heavy, with a fuller bust, lack of waist definition and smaller hips. Choose designer swimwear for women’s needs that is flattering by:

  • Wearing one pieces which cover the midsection, and/or those which are styled to create the illusion of a long torso
  • Wearing supportive tops which give good bust support
  • Adding frills, patterns and other embellishments to add bulk to the bottom area
  • Avoiding extra details near the mid-section; this helps avoid adding bulk to the bust area

Pear

Pear shapes have a defined waist which leads into wider hips and a smaller bust. This body type looks great when you wear designer swimwear for women’s needs which:

  • Makes the most of halter-necks and bikini tops which have push-up, padded cups; this helps accentuate the bust
  • Uses details like ruffles and beadings on the top – but not the bottom – to add bulk to the bust
  • Has a plunging neckline and/or stripes across the bust to add fullness.

Inverted triangle

People with wide shoulders and a smaller waist and hips are often viewed as having an ‘athletic’ physique. The best types of designer swimwear for women’s needs for this body type reduces the chest area and emphasise the hips and waist. Do this by:

  • Wearing halter tops and avoiding busty garments; this will lighten the appearance of the top area
  • Wearing high-waisted bottoms or ones with embellishments to add the illusion of larger hips.

Tips for small busts

Regardless of your body shape, small busted ladies may prefer to wear detailed or embroidered tops, as well as tops with push-up padding to add volume to the bust. Bandeaus, halters and plunging necklines all work great as designer swimwear for women’s small busts.

 

Tips for large busts

Likewise, those with larger busts may want to select a suit that is supportive – underwire and quality cups can help. Avoid tops with extra embellishments or thin straps – save the extra details for the bottom area.

There you have it – our simple tips for choosing the perfect garment for your body type and bust!

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