How To Choose the Best Swimsuit To Flatter Your Body Type
The intense heat in the city can sap your energy and sanity. So when the temperatures make it too hot and sticky, it's time to make the great escape to the beach for a refreshing break and a much-needed dose of vitamin sea. Because, let's face it, beach life is the best life!
Yet, the looming concern for many is finding that flawless swimsuit that complements their body type perfectly. Naturally, you want to look stunning on the beach.
Fret not, ladies, because Baleaf has your back on this one. Embrace your sexiest self as you bask in the sun's warm glow, with the invigorating scent of the sea in your hair. Let's explore the swimsuits for your body type and ensure you make a bold statement on the beach.
The Different Body Shapes or Types
Embracing uniqueness is a celebration of beauty. Every body is beautiful, showcasing diverse sizes, shapes, and features. Understanding your body shape becomes a valuable asset in choosing clothes and fostering confidence in your appearance. Let's explore and learn more about your individual body shape.
Pear Body Shape
The pear body, characterized by a triangular silhouette with shoulders narrower than the hips, differs from the inverted triangle. Key attributes of this body type include weight concentrated in the lower hips and thighs, a smaller upper body, a well-defined waist, broad hips, and thick thighs.
Apple Body Shape
The apple body shape, alternatively known as the oval, is characterized by a larger bust, prominent belly, and wide hips, with weight often concentrated in the chest and abdomen while maintaining slender legs.
Common traits among women with this body type include consistent measurements in the bust, waist, and hips, a curvy figure, an undefined waistline, rounded shoulders, and relatively slim legs in proportion to the rest of their physique.
Column or Rectangular Shape
Cameron Diaz and Nicole Kidman epitomize the rectangular body type, characterized by nearly identical bust and hip measurements.
This shape, often seen in runway models, features slender legs, making it a favorite among fashion designers for highlighting intricate details in various styles.
Hourglass Body Shape
The hourglass shape in women is defined by shoulders and hips with similar measurements, accentuated by a smaller waist, emphasizing curves between the chest and hips.
To identify if you fall into this body type, look for a defined waistline, rounded hips, thicker thighs, equal breadth in the bottom and upper body, and a tendency for weight gain to distribute evenly across the entire body.
Inverted Triangle Body Shape
To determine if you have the inverted triangle body shape, compare the measurements of your shoulders and hips, with wider shoulders indicating this type. Characterized by weight gain in the stomach and upper body, narrow hips, a larger chest, shapely legs, and an athletic appearance, women with this body shape exhibit broad features in the chest, shoulders, and back.
How To Choose a Swimsuit for Your Body Type
Each woman possesses a unique and wonderful figure. The key lies in understanding what will complement her shape the best. Let's explore the types of swimsuits for body types.
Balance out the curves.
Embrace your kinship with stars like Sofia Vergara and Brooklyn Decker, who share your well-endowed top half. Secure the support you need by opting for stretchy swimsuits.
Choose tops available in bra sizes with robust adjustable straps and underwire, ensuring your assets stay in place. Look for molded cups and higher backs for both safety and a flattering fit. Steer clear of suits adorned with ruffles and embellishments to shift the focus away from your chest.
Get that support your ladies need with our Flyleaf Plunge One-Piece Swimsuit, featuring a snap button closure for customized looks, full back coverage, a built-in bra with removable pads, modest leg cuts, and flatlock seams ensuring no chafing.
Fall in love with your curves.
Celebrate and accentuate your natural curves by opting for high-waist bottoms or tankini-style suits that effortlessly smooth out the mid-section of your body. Elevate your beach look with swimsuits featuring shirrings, defining your waistline with flair. Consider a surplice-wrap style to trim your waist further through its crossover fabric.
To enhance your lower abdomen, explore retro-inspired designs or high-waisted suits. Regardless of the cut you select, ensure to flaunt your frame confidently on the shores as if you own the beach.
Embrace your bottom curves with our Laureate UPF50+ High-Rise Swim Shorts you can easily pair with any flattering swim top you have.
Highlight those assets.
With curves at the hips and a smaller chest, achieving a beach-ready body involves balancing proportions by providing ample coverage for your hips. Choose bottoms that fall just below the widest parts of your legs.
The best type of swimsuit for a small bust is a one-piece swimsuit or tankini because it is the most flattering. Go for bright-colored tops to highlight your bust and solid-colored bottoms to minimize your legs. Select a sexy plunging neckline, off-the-shoulder, or cut-out style to draw attention upward. Enhance your bust with bandeaus featuring ruffles for that extra dimension.
Avoid boy shorts and thick-banded bottoms, as they accentuate your hips rather than achieving the desired balance.
Check out our Laureate Open Back One-Piece Swimsuit, featuring removable cups, fully lined fabric, and adjustable shoulder straps.
Flaunt that Coca-Cola silhouette.
Consider the allure of Jessica Rabbit or the timeless glamour of Marilyn Monroe—a figure endowed with a generous bust, full-rounded hips, and a meticulously defined waistline.
Go for classic bikinis featuring a bra-style top with an underwire to provide the necessary support for your bust. Seek out asymmetrical suits that draw attention to your neckline and collarbone. Enhance your shape with color blocking and boxy halters, and amplify the effect with high-waisted bottoms that elongate your legs, creating the illusion of height.
Shake that booty!
In the words of Destiny's Child, "'Cause my body too bootylicious for ya, babe...," having a curvy behind is undeniably flattering, and she's definitely on point! Just look how celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé confidently showcase their curves both on and off-camera. Highlight your assets by choosing hipster boy shorts or high-cut bottoms if you aim to accentuate and trim your generous behind.
Flex those muscles and abs.
Embrace your love for working out and showcasing those sculpted muscles by confidently wearing tops and bottoms adorned with bold prints. Consider suits featuring ruffles, embellishments, or ruches to add curvature at both the top and bottom. Monokinis are your forte, effortlessly displaying your defined frame.
You can choose to wear a maillot if you seek to enhance your chest. Barely-there bikini bottoms accentuate and give volume to your curves while tie-side bikinis not only enhance your figure but also provide adjustability for a perfect fit.
How To Find the Right Swimsuit Size
Knowing how to choose a swimsuit that best flatters your body shape starts with knowing your body stats. So prepare your soft tape measure and let's get those numbers.
Get your bust measurement.
Using a soft tape for measurement, measure the widest part of your bust.
Get your waistline size.
Measure your waist at its narrowest point, typically aligning with your belly button height. Ensure the measuring tape is not overly tight, allowing for comfort during this stage.
Measure your hips.
Put the tape measure around the widest part of your hips.
Measure your circular torso.
To determine the ideal size for a one-piece swimsuit, the most effective tool is the circumference measurement of your torso. Use the measuring tape to encircle your body, covering both the front and back. This measurement is taken at a slight angle, from the crotch to the shoulder, passing over the breast, considering the length and depth of your body to ensure optimal comfort in your swimsuit.
Beach Is Life!
Embrace a carefree lifestyle—soak up the sun, catch some waves, party with friends, all while donning a full-clad or barely-there bikini. The key is to feel confident in showcasing your sexy self.
Get your beach body ready in our Women's Swimming collection. Radiate heat hotter than the rising summer temperatures by choosing the perfect swimwear and pairing it with stylish summer apparel.