Bathing suit tips for body types

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Bathing suit tips for body types
Find out which swimming costume flatters your body type. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Swimming costume shopping can be a nightmare, but don't get discouraged if every suit you try on seems to highlight your problem areas and conceal your best features. Understanding your body type and which suits flatter you will help you find the swimming costume that makes your body look amazing.

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Swimming Costumes for Pears

Pear shapes have smaller busts and larger hips. Bikini tops with ruffles or padding will create the illusion of a larger bust. You can also show off your top half by choosing a bikini with a brightly coloured or patterned top and a more basic, dark-coloured bottom. Pear shapes also look good in bandeau tops and the basic triangle bikini. Stay away from boy-short bottoms, which make your hips look thicker.

Swimming Costumes for Apples

An apple shape usually has a large bust, full stomach and smaller hips and bottom. One-piece swimming costumes also help conceal fleshier stomachs, especially one-piece suits with control panels, shirring or ruching. If you want to add some sex appeal, consider choosing a suit that shows off your back or a low-cut neckline. Tankinis, including skirted tankinis, also look good on apple-shaped women.

Swimming Costumes for Inverted Triangles

An inverted triangle has a large bust and skinny hips. This figure requires support on top, so look for a swimming costume with an underwire bra. Make sure the straps of your swimming costume are wide enough to provide support without digging into your skin. Inverted triangles may need to buy bikini pieces separately to ensure that both pieces fit. Skinny, toned bottoms will look good in boy shorts; high-cut bikini bottoms give the illusion of longer legs, but they may make thinner inverted triangles look imbalanced.

Swimming Costumes for Hourglasses

Hourglass figures have balanced hips and busts, creating a balanced, curvy look. Hourglass shapes will look good in nearly any type of swimming costume, so it mostly depends on how much you want to show or cover up. For example, if you want to show more skin, choose a basic triangle or bandeau bikini. Hourglass shapes can show more leg with high-cut bikini bottoms. If you want a more conservative look, opt for a one-piece or simple tankini. Curvier hourglasses will need to find a swimming costume that offers support, such as suits with built-in underwire bras.

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