A Few Insights On Choosing The Best Swimsuit

For many, picking the best swimsuit can be a challenging task but you can pick the perfect one for you – just a little prep work will do the job. A little analysis of yourself, your body type, shape, and style will help to choose the one that is best for you.

How to Choose Your Swimsuit According to Your Body Shape?

Your friend may look great in a particular style of swimsuit, but the same would not suit your body shape. It is important that you understand your body shape before shopping for swimsuits so that you get it right. Choose a swimsuit keeping your body shape in mind.

Curvy body:

Always go with a solid color of monokini swimsuit with a v-neck or a deep plunge that will look stylish on your curvy body. Swimsuit with boy shorts will give an unbalanced look. Ruffles at the neckline and ties at the bottom will make you look more balanced. Prefer tiny prints and polka dots that have a concealing effect.

swimsuit Pear-shaped body:

If you are pear-shaped choose a top that has accessories above the waist, that can draw attention towards your upper body part. Avoid flimsy tops. To bring a balance between your upper and lower body parts use swimsuit with horizontal stripes. If you are to buy boy shorts, then stick to black color because it gives a slimming effect on your body. Try choosing a top in scalloped v-neck or a high-cut brief will give a slenderer look to your legs. A tankini will be the right choice for this body shape.

 Apple-shaped body:

Choose a monokini with shirring that gives a flat look to your stomach. To distract the attention from your waistline, use bold prints and stripes with side detailing. To get enough support to choose a bikini with thick bands is the right choice.

 Rectangle-shaped body:

Prefer feminine prints, attractive colors, and floral design with angled stripes to look curvier and more stylish. If you have a rectangular athletic body, go with fringe and ruffles that add volume. String bikini can draw attention towards your lower body. Your bust will look voluminous with a knot that ends at the center of your chest revealing your cleavage.

 Inverted triangle shaped body:

A halter style swimsuit with a high neckline will suit you. You can also try a swimsuit with patterns all over. Draping in the middle of the swimsuit balances between upper and lower body. Racer-back straps and underwire cups will give more support to your bust.

How to Measure Yourself

Measuring yourself can help in understanding your body shape better. Measure your bust at the fullest point, hips at the widest point, and waist at the smallest point. Now you can compare these measurements with the following to make an appropriate choice.

For Bigger Busts

If your busts are big and you are concerned about exposing them, then choose a high-neck swimsuit with a cut in the shoulders because it gives a figure-flattering look. A large chest is hefty too, so pick a swimsuit that gives adequate support and lift to give youthful-body contouring. Bikinis are a good choice if it has thicker straps and a halter-neck style so that it will securely fit you.

For Smaller Busts

If you have a small bust then you have more options to choose from a swimsuit store than the curvier ladies. You shall look for the quality in designs that will add the ‘wow’ factor to your figure. To visually add a couple of inches to make them look alluring choose push-up padding, prints and details like ruffles or gathers.

For Bigger Bellies

If you have belly issues like cellulite, sagging or bulge belly, you won’t be confident to wear a bikini. In such cases wear a tankini, with a high-rise bottom that covers your belly. Your best choice will be to look for one-piece full-coverage bathing suits with a design or color panels that can visually play down your tummy. It’s not easy to find these but if you do, then pick up a spare for future needs.

For Athletic Builds

If you have an athletic body, then you are likely to have more muscles and a straight figure. Pick something that can define your waist and create some curves. You should try a two-piece suit or one-piece styles with cut-outs around the waist. Avoid wearing string bikinis and ultra-sexy styles with plunging necklines if you have a small bust and an athletic built, as it may give a manly look.

Play it Safe

Most women are confused while choosing a swimsuit for themselves. They are skeptical as the extra exposure it gives to the body gives a feeling of insecurity if they make the wrong choice. It can also make you less confident, so when in doubt, choose a one-piece swimsuit to be on the safer side. Even though bikinis are the most popular fashion wear among teenagers and young women, it is important to choose what makes you feel comfortable.

There are no hard and fast rules while choosing your swimsuit. Try to maintain a balance between your upper and lower body parts to boost up your confidence in your outfit. Ultimately, it’s your comfort and satisfaction that decides which one suits you the best and you should have fun with your choice.


  • Rosie

    I’ve now favorite a couple suits on Amazon, but haven’t worked up the nerve to purchase any! Right now I have zero bathing suits.

  • Rosie

    I just threw out a swimsuit going through my storage, it needed new elastic, I pulled all the old out, and then never finished it. I’ve seen a couple cute ones not too expensive, not that I need it for several months at least! I was going to get one from Amazon maybe. This will help me not have to do too many returns.

  • Tamra Phelps

    I don’t remember the last time I went swimming. I used to love swimming, spending the whole day at the pool. I need to take it up again.

  • Mary Gardner

    This is some great advice. I always find that since I am somewhat top heavy, a suit with lots of bust support works best for me.

  • Terri S.

    Very helpful information to help everyone choose a bathing suit for their body type. For me, I always pick a solid color one-piece swimsuit.

  • Sarah L

    I swim 3 times a week so my suits need to fit comfortably. I’ve tried several different ones but keep going back to Land’s End Women’s Chlorine Resistant Tugless One Piece Swimsuit Soft Cup.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I think you also have to bear in mind the reason for wearing one. If you’re just out to get a bit of sunshine or to lie on the beach, the suit you need will be very different from the one you’re going to swim 50 lengths in!

  • Tamra Phelps

    I really like the so called tankini. It’s sort of like wearing the bottoms with a tank top, lol. It covers all the places you might want to hide except legs, I guess.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    These are very great tips for pretty much any body type. I don’t really like wearing them much anymore because I am skinny with a big chest.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Once you’ve decided on the style and have found one that suits your build, my advice is to buy more than one! Just in case a certain someone (who shall remain nameless) accidentally puts your cozzie in a hot wash!

  • Rosie

    I have ripped out the stretched out elastic on my one bathingsuit, but haven’t had it redone, as it will probably cost more than is worth fixing. However, I haven’t wanted to go through the un-fun experience of getting another. These are really good tips and can help narrow it down to finding one you think is cute and looks nice on you!

  • Crystal K

    A few years ago I decided to throw caution to the wind and just wear whatever swimsuit makes me smile. Now I just do what I want. Hot pink bikini…why not?!

  • Diane Brimmer

    That is some really great advice. So many times you walk in and see all the suits and become over whelmed with the choices. If you know ahead of time what is best for your shape it takes all the stress out of it.

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