How to Pick the Right Swimsuit for Your Body Type

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According to experts, a woman’s body type is generally categorized as one of the following: hourglass, straight, top hourglass, inverted triangle, oval, or pear. In order to understand how to find the right swimsuit for your body type, you must first understand what shape you are and what silhouettes are most flattering for you.

At Savoir Flair, we celebrate all body types and already think you’re #Flawless, but if you want to ramp up your summer style in a suit that’s perfect for your body type, it’s as easy as following our comprehensive guide below.

Body Type: Straight

Characteristics: The bust and hips are basically the same size, while the waist is slightly smaller.

Women with straight body types are often looking to create the illusion of curves where there are none. Fortunately, this is easy to fake with the right bathing suit. Two-piece suits with ruffles across the chest help create a fuller-looking bust, and there are plenty of versions that offer padded cups. For added dimension, opt for bottoms that are ruffled or ruched. One-piece swimsuits with cutouts can also help create the appearance of an hourglass figure.

Body Type: Pear

Characteristics: The hips are larger than the bust, and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips.

Bottom-heavy shapes can be tricky to disguise, but the right swimwear can help you create the appearance of smaller hips and a more ample bosom. Ultimately, a two-piece suit with padded cups or push-up wires and high-waisted bottoms will help you achieve the look you’re going for. You can also experiment with patterns that create the illusion of an hourglass figure, or try vertically-striped bottoms to distract from mid-section problem areas.

Body Type: Hourglass

Characteristics: The bust and hips are basically the same size, and the waist is well defined.

Women with hourglass figures are fortunate enough to be able to wear most swimsuit styles, but there are some that flatter them more than others. Women with more curvaceous figures benefit greatly from supportive tops that feature either underwire or bandeau construction. One-piece suits with cutout sides look particularly great on hourglass figures, while bikinis featuring bold prints and colors will help enhance the appearance of your curves.

Body Type: Inverted Triangle

Characteristics: The bust is large, the hips are narrow, and the waist is not very well defined.

This body type is top heavy and, in order to balance your proportions, an ideal suit would minimize your bust while highlighting your waist and hips. High-waisted bottoms will add dimension to your hips, while ruched one-pieces and slimming bandeau tops will minimize a large bust and top-heavy appearance.

Body Type: Top Hourglass

Characteristics: The bust is larger than the hips, and the waist is well defined.

Even with a larger bust, this shape is still quite athletic with a well-defined waist, which means you can still confidently rock a two-piece. Try a version with a double-strap top or supportive bandeau top that can accommodate a large bust. Don’t hide your waist underneath boy shorts. Instead, opt for flirty bottoms with ruffles, tassels, or bright patterns to draw attention away from top-heavier proportions.

Body Type: Oval

Characteristics: The bust is large, and the waist is larger than the bust and hips, while the hips are narrow in comparison to the shoulders.

When working with this body type, the key is to minimize the waist so that the hips and bust look proportional. By disguising the waistline via asymmetrical necklines, ruffles, peplum details, and patterns that mimic the lines of a curvy silhouette, you can turn your oval into an hourglass. Place all of your detail focus on top, and give the illusion of a cinched waist with ruching details for a perfectly balanced look.

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