5 Tips for Choosing the Right Swimsuit

Know Your Body Type

The most important aspect of choosing the right swimsuit is knowing your body type. Swimsuits are sized depending on the measures of your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point, and bust at the fullest point. With those measures in mind, here are a few perspectives on your body shape:


  • Pear shape: If your hips are significantly wider than both your waist and bust.

  • Apple shape (also known as athletic): If your bust and shoulders are wider or as wide as you your waist.

  • Hourglass shape: If your bust and hips are about the same width, but your waist is significantly smaller.

  • Straight: If your bust, waist, and hips don’t have a significant difference in measure.

Select The Right Store

In order to find the right swimsuit you first need to be looking in the right place. There are boutiques that specialize in swimsuits, everything from purely athletic wear to poolside Prada. If you have a very specialized body type, these stores can be great for alternative sizing and custom ordering. However, they do tend to be higher in price, so if you chose a boutique you might want to consider getting a swimsuit you can wear again and again.


Now a days, the preferred option for buying swimwear is to do so online. You can find great deals, a wide range of sizes and styles, and the best part is…you don’t ever have to leave your couch.


If you aren’t a big online shopper, and are looking for an on trend suit at a lower price, you might want to consider a department store. Many popular clothing brands have their swim lines available at local department stores. That being said, the swim lines carried within these stores are not known for a wide range of sizing.

Opt For the right cut

There is no shortage of swimsuit cuts out there, and it can be tough to find the one that works for your body type. Here are some tips based on what you would like to accentuate/hide.


  • Accentuate – If you are looking to highlight your midsection, one option is a traditional bikini. A more fun option is a one-piece swimsuit with shirred panels or fun cut outs.

  • Hide – If you are feeling uncomfortable with your mid-section, maybe try a one-piece suit. There are also 1940’s style high waisted suits that are very effective at tapering the waist.


  • Accentuate – If you have a smaller bust, halter tops or bikini tops that tie in the front can be a great option. In addition, bandeau tops with ruffles or other busy details can make the bust look bigger.

  • Hide – If you have a large bust, a straight across cut at the top of your suit and wide set straps can help support the breast and minimize their appearance. For additional support, select a swimsuit with underwire.


  • Accentuate – If you are looking to highlight your hips and bottom, look for a high-cut bikini bottom. This will make your legs and torso appear longer. You can also look for boy-shorts which will make your bottom appear wider.

  • Hide –  If you would like to hide your hips and bottom, a skirt might be just the thing. You may also look into a cute swimsuit cover.

Choose Colors and Fabrics That Flatter You

Just as important as fit and cut is the color and fabric your swimsuit is made of. Here are some basic tips for choosing the right color swimsuit for you:


  • To highlight a feature you like, use a bright color or pattern.

  • To hide something you don’t like, use a solid color. If you have a lighter skin-tone, go for black, maroon, or navy. For darker skin tones, selecting bright solid colors can actually minimize your less loved parts.

  • To add volume to a particular area, try ruffles or a loose-flowing fabric.

  • To take away volume, try shirred or ruched fabric.

  • Remember that your swimsuit top and bottom don’t have to match, so get creative! Chose whatever makes you feel and look best!

Stay Body Positive


While shopping for a swimsuit it is easy to get discouraged and start feeling self-conscious. Just remember that everyone has details about their body they wish were different. Stay on track, and remember it’s about finding the right swimsuit to highlight the parts of your frame you love. Stay positive body positive and you will find the right swimsuit for you.


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