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Winter Sun: Flattering Swimwear for Your Body Shape


Read on to learn more about finding the perfect swimwear for your body shape to leave you feeling confident and sexy whether you are jetting off for some winter sun or spending a day at the spa.

When it comes to shopping for the perfect swimsuit, it is understandable if you feel overwhelmed browsing every brand and site you come across. But, understanding your body shape and how suits can work to highlight your best features will quickly simplify the task.

Whether you feel best flaunting your frame in a sexy two-piece or find your confidence at an all-time high in sophisticated one piece swimsuits, finding your ideal fit does not have to be a challenge.

Swimwear Dos & Don’ts

When shopping for your next bathing suit, try on many different styles and shapes. Fashion constantly changes, so stepping out of your comfort zone will allow you to experiment with different cuts to find your ideal silhouette to fit your body shape like a glove. If you are unsure about sizing, opt for a smaller size, as the material will expand when wet.

Don’t become stuck on a specific style or design you think you have to choose based on your body shape. Use the advice as a guideline if you are unsure where to start. Ultimately, select the suit that fits you best and makes you feel your most confident and comfortable. 


An hourglass body shape typically has a smaller waist with a well-balanced bust, shoulders, and hips. When shopping for your ideal bathing suit, you want to choose a style and pattern that highlights all your best features. Styles like wrap shapes, belts, and cut-out details around the midriff will help to highlight your sexy silhouette. 

Bold and bright patterns may feel like they can distort your frame. Still, with flirty finishes like a detachable belt or a connected wrap that you can tie around your waist, you can experiment with your favourite colours and designs without hiding your figure. 

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Pear Shape

Pear-shaped bodies are curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top. When looking for a bathing suit to fit your figure, the key is balancing your proportions and getting the right amount of coverage you want on your bottom half. 

A plunging neckline or eye-catching top will naturally draw the eye up, helping to minimize the bottom should you want to shift the focus. Avoid wearing boy shorts or tick-banded bottoms, as the extra fabric can become uncomfortable and baggy along your hips. Suits with ruffles along the shoulders will create the illusion of wider shoulders, helping to balance your curvier bottom. 

Small Busts

Women with smaller busts, traditionally A or B cups, are proportionally smaller on top. This eliminates the need for extra support, meaning you can look for flirty and fun styles with less coverage or embellished with sparkling detailing, bows, or bold patterns. 

Triangle tops will create the illusion of curves, which will be helped further by bold patterns and ruffled finishes. Bra tops and padded push-up tops will offer extra lift and create cleavage. Women with smaller busts can also wear tiny scoop tops, bandeaus, and plunging necklines. 

Taller Frames

If you are tall, you may find bathing suits can be uncomfortable to wear, as not every style is designed to suit longer torso areas. If this is the case, you may want to choose a two-piece instead, which gives you more flexibility when mixing and matching tops and bottoms to suit your body shape.

However, if you prefer to stick to a one-piece, look for ranges or designs specifically made for taller frames, as they will be created to compensate for your longer torso. Be bold, and don’t be afraid to play around with different patterns, colors, and styles. 

Large Busts

Women with larger busts have ample cleavage and require more support when shopping for the perfect swimwear. The larger your breasts are, the more support you will want. Choosing suits with underwire or molded cups will instantly give you the desired support without compromising on style. Avoid ruffles and embellishments along the chest if you prefer to minimize focus.

Bra-style tops will have built-in underwire and adjustable straps, giving you maximum flexibility and extra bust support. Thicker straps and higher backs will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. When looking for your perfect size, shop suits marked with the sizing of your regular bra, as they will be constructed to fit your needs best. 


Much like those who are on the taller side, shopping for the perfect swimwear when you are closer to five feet tall can be a challenge. One of the biggest issues you may encounter is ending up with an option with too much fabric, making your bathing suit look and feel too baggy. 

If this is often a problem for you, turn your attention to dedicated petite ranges or choose a two-piece, which will have more range when you mix and match pieces to fit your body best. Vertical stripes, high-cut legs, and plunging necklines will all help to make your body look longer. 


Athletic bodies are fairly straight up and down, with fewer curves. You can try to play up your body’s natural shape by flaunting your frame with sexy cut-outs or flattering two-piece styles. Less coverage will help to create the illusion of a curvier frame. 

Tops and bottoms with bold patterns, flirty ruffles, and embellishments not only add style and focus but will naturally create a more curvy appearance. Monokinis create fabulous curves, as do side-tie bikini bottoms that will make your hips look wider and can easily be adjusted to your preferred size. 

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