How To Find A Perfect Bikini For Your Body Shape

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Summer is here and many of us are thinking about catching waves at the beach or simply relaxing by the pool. So you will need a perfect bikini to look your possible best. I prepared a guide to help you to find the best swimsuit for your body shape so you could relax and enjoy your holiday. 

Often when it comes to swimsuits, many women focus on hiding something about ourselves. You should stop it now! It’s time to accentuate your best assets, not mask your worst. Everything you wear should make you feel good, not the other way around.

All bodies are beautiful and deserve to be celebrated

The key to feel good in swimwear is to find the ideal cut and style that will give you the perfect beach body and you will never have to cover up or hide under sarongs.

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Hourglass Figure

If your shoulders and hips are the same width and you have a slim waist, you’re lucky enough to be able to wear pretty much any kind of swimwear. However the biggest challenge hourglass ladies often are facing is big bust. Look for tops which will give you needed support and have no embellishments.

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Go For

✓ Vintage style and halter neck bikinis are ideal to accentuate your curves

✓ Ample cleavage

✓ Thick straps and higher backs


✗ Mix-matched tops and bottoms it might make your body look disproportional.

✗ One-piece costumes unless they fit perfectly – if they don’t hug your curves, they can flatten your shape and make you look heavier than you are.

✗ Bandeau style bikini – if you’re big busted they will squash your shape.

✗Triangle tops if you are bigger than a D-cup

Best 5 Bikinis For Hourglass Figure

bikinis for hourglass shape - LifestyleFashionista1. Melissa Odabash 2. Lisa Marie Fernandez 3. Lisa Marie Fernandez 4. Melissa Odabash 5. Lisa Marie Fernandez

Boyish Figure

If you have an athletic figure like you can wear almost any swimwear styles. However, probably you want to appear more feminine. Therefore you should try styles with feminine shapes to add some curves to your boyish frame.

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Go For

✓ Look for frilly bikinis to add curves, volume and movement

✓ Triangle and bandeau bikinis and halter necks look great on slim women

✓ Little bottoms that tie at the side

✓ Tops with padding, ruffles, beading and pleating will create the illusion of a fuller cup size

✓ You want to create an illusion of curves so opt for frills and embellishments.


✗ One-piece swimsuit – it will make you appear even more boyish

Best 5 Bikinis For Boyish Figure

bikinis for boyish figure - Lifestyle Fashionista1. Matthew Williamson 2. Matthew Williamson 3. Melissa Odabash 4. Melissa Odabash 5. Lisa Marie Fernandez

Inverted Triangle Figure

Your problem is broad shoulders. In order to create a visual balance you will need to give the bottom half a bit of a boost.

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Go For

✓ Halter neck bikinis will draw attention to your chest not your shoulders

✓ Frilly bikini bottoms


✗ Bandeaus

Best 5 Bikinis For Inverted Triangle Figure

bikinis for inverted triangle shape - Lifestyle Fashionista1. Ephemera 2. Lisa Marie Fernandez 3. Vix 4. Melissa Odabash 5. Orlebar Brown 

Apple Shape Figure

You carry extra weight around your middle section. You should choose one-piece swimsuit rather than bikini – it will show off your décolletage and flatten your tummy at the same time.

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Go For

✓ A high cut bottom to show off your legs

✓ Balcony shapes will add a touch of vintage glam and offer good support

✓ Low cut top to draw eyes away from your middle section

✓ Wrap style one-piece – it will make your waist to appear thinner


✗ Super thin straps – they will make you appear bigger

✗ Horizontal stripes

✗ Bikini shorts as they will broaden your frame

Best 5 Bikinis For Apple Shape Figurebikinis for apple shape - Lifestyle Fashionista1. Melissa Odabash 2. I.D. Sarrieri Abracadabra 3. Melissa Odabash 4. Norma Kamali 5. Melissa Odabash

Pear Shape Figure

You have big hips and slim shoulders and your biggest desire is to make your hips appear smaller. So you need to pick a bikini which will draw the eyes upwards.

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Go For

✓ Balcony bikinis and triangle tops to show off your top half

✓ Low waisted bottoms

✓ Pair lighter, printed tops with a solid, dark coloured bottom

✓ A fairly high-cut bottom will create the illusion of longer and leaner legs


✗ Boy shorts as they will make your hips appear wider

✗ Busy prints or detailing on the bottom

✗ One-piece swimsuit – it will shorten your legs

Best 5 Bikinis For Pear Shape Figure

bikinis for pear shape - Lifestyle Fashionista1. Melissa Odabash 2. Zimmermann 3. Orlebar Brown 4. Orlebar Brown 5. Melissa Odabash

When shopping for swimwear, pick something that suits you today not something that might suit you after you lost or gained some weight. Make sure you try on several options. But the most importantly make sure you feel comfortable and confident. Remember how you are feeling on the inside counts just as much as the outside!


  • The Unsung Mum
    July 26, 2016

    Love his so much! I hate buying any kind of swim suits coz I look cack in all of them but this really helps me realise that I’m properly just wearing the wrong kind! Very helpful!!

  • Dean of Little Steps
    July 26, 2016

    Such useful tips, especially since it’s summer, although admittedly the weather isn’t like summer at all. I love what you said about “All bodies are beautiful and deserve to be celebrated. Amen to that 🙂

  • Fashion and Style Police
    July 26, 2016

    Loving your swimwear tips here. They are so handy.

  • Kizzy
    July 27, 2016

    Great guide, thank for sharing. Still not sure a bikini is for me though!

  • Joanna
    July 27, 2016

    Great guide! I never really think of my body when I buy a bathing suit, I just buy whatever I like. But so far I was lucky, all of them looked good on me. 🙂

  • Baby Isabella
    July 27, 2016

    Great tips! My mummy has an hourglass figure so likes thick straps and halterneck skirt suits x

  • Zena's Suitcase
    July 28, 2016

    I didn’t realise there was so many different shapes. I might be able to find one to suit me after all

  • Lyndsey
    July 29, 2016

    What a really detailed guide! Something for everyone here

  • Marie Barber
    July 29, 2016

    Its a nightmare shopping for swimsuits for me and thats when im at ideal weight its my shape thats the problem, i clearly havent been looking for the right kind but now i can… When im back to my ideal 😉

  • Laura - dear bear and beany
    July 29, 2016

    Great guide! I find it really hard shopping for a swimsuit that suits my body shape and I feel comfortable wearing since having my girls

  • Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl
    July 30, 2016

    Great tips! I’ve been looking into the best swimwear for my shape and this really helps.

    Jordanne ||

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    July 30, 2016

    I live in the one piece land since having kids. I have some tummy weight I just can’t move so I feel most comfortable in them. Although I adore some of your choices here! I really like how you have it broken down by figure – it’s very helpful! x

  • Ana De- Jesus
    July 31, 2016

    I have a boyish figure up top but I have a big bum which can be a problem with swimsuits sometimes. Still I am not complaining lol x

  • Lyndsey
    August 22, 2016

    I’m strictly a one piece kind of woman but I do love the one I have. Loads of support and tummy control works for me.

  • clairejustine
    September 10, 2016

    I love my tankinis as we don’t go abroad and they are perfect for the UK. Next year we are saving to to go abroad so I need to work out lots for a nice bikini 🙂

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs
    October 15, 2016

    Fab tips, I didn’t know there were so many shapes to choose from! 🙂

  • Sophie
    January 13, 2017

    Great tips! I’m off to Bali in a couple of months so I’ve been on the lookout for some nice ones (alothough it’s a bit tricky in January!)

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