Choosing the right swimwear is important, for all swim and beach related occasions. Swimwear should be functional and stylish, so you can look good and have the security of a comfortable and working fit, that comes with good design and quality materials. However, it can be difficult to find a swimsuit that is functional and flatters your body type. With so many different designs, styles, and brands to choose from, the right swimsuit is out there. If you’re looking to buy a new swimsuit, here are 5 tips to help you find the right one for you and your body type.
Identify Your Body Type and Features
First things first, you should start by identifying your body type, if you don’t already know. Determining which body type you have will make choosing the right swimsuit much easier, especially when shopping online. To help you out, you can also have someone take your measurements as well, or you can do it yourself, and allow for a small margin of error. No matter your measurements, you can find flattering bikini bottoms from Fella Swim for all body types.
Common Swimsuit Measurements
- Measure the narrowest part of your torso above the belly button, this is your waist measurement
- Measure the widest part of your bust, this is your bust measurement
- Measure your hips around the widest part of your buttocks- this is your hip measurement
- The widest circumference of your shoulders- this is your shoulder measurement
Body Types by Measurement and Features
Inverted Triangle- Shoulders and bust measurements are larger than hip measurement by 5% or greater. You may notice you have slimmer hips and wide shoulders.
Hourglass- Shoulder and hip measurements are within 5% of each other and your waist measurement is at least 25% smaller than your bust, shoulder, and hip measurements. You may notice that most clothing styles fit your body type well.
Rectangle- Shoulder, bust, and hips are approximately the same size within 5% of each other. You may notice that your waistline is not clearly defined.
Pear-Shaped- Hips are larger than shoulders and bust by over 5%. You’ll notice that you may wear a different size in bottoms and tops for most clothing.
Hourglass Body Types
With an hourglass body type, you should seek to emphasize the naturally defined waistline. This can be done with both two-piece and one piece bathing suits. You can choose bolder colours, prints, ruffles, and more, that will showcase your proportionate body type and curves. Remember that bright colours and patterns will emphasize your curves, while dark colours and subtle patterns will have a slimming effect.
Rectangle Body Types
Lighter or detailed bottoms will help to create curves for your body type. Also, you should choose a suit with side cutouts, a belt, or any other detailing that helps to cinch in and define your waist.
Inverted Triangle Body Types
Boyshorts and skirts will help to add curves to the hips where this body type may be lacking. You can also choose halter tops and plunging necklines, as well as wide straps, to create a great line and make your shoulders appear smaller. Dark on top and patterned or bright on the bottom is best.
Pear-Shaped Body Types
Plunging necklines and top details can draw attention away from your hips and help to balance your smaller torso. Ruffles, sequins, and sparkles on the top half of your suit can help to draw attention and balance your figure. Also, higher cut suit bottoms will be best for your type.