By: Inna Bosenko
“That bikini is really cute, but it probably won’t look flattering,” is something we’ve all caught ourselves thinking at some point, walking away from a rack of colorful swimsuits. Sometimes it can be awfully frustrating searching for swimwear that’ll look perfect on your body, complimenting assets, while hiding imperfections. Fashion360 is here to help! Here’s a short guide of how to choose just the right swimsuit for your body.
If you have a shorter proportionate figure, look for two-piece bikinis with lots of embellishment and cute additional features (flowers, ruffles or bows) to emphasize curves. The top can either be halter or strapless with a thin optional strap around the neck. An ideal bottom would have very little fabric and thinner strings for tying on the sides. Bottoms in higher-waisted V shapes will also make your legs look longer. Definitely try avoiding boy short bottoms.
With a trend of funky one-piece suits dominating the runways, you will be making quite a fashion statement, while emphasizing your waist. Look for a one-piece with circular/angular cutouts on the sides to give an illusion of having voluptuous curves. Avoid solids, as fun bright patterns are not only attention-grabbing, but will also make you seem curvier. If you prefer wearing separates, go for another trend of the season: a high-waisted bottom piece and a top with underwire to form an hourglass body shape. This silhouette will also elongate your legs.
An ideal swimsuit for a girl with long legs and torso is a classic two-piece bikini. Halter and strapless tops cinched at the center will create an illusion of a larger bustline and keep proportions in check. When shopping for bikinis, look for brighter neon colors. Also, we don’t need to elongate legs or accentuate the waist, so avoid any kinds of uniquely shaped monokinis. Certainly avoid vertical stripes and high-waisted bottoms.
If you have a larger bust, slim waist and a wider hipline, a two-piece bikini with a regular halter top and a low rise bottom is perfect for you! For a little more support, go for a halter top with underwire cups (Victoria’s Secret is the best source for those!) If you would like to wear something more conservative, a one-piece suit in a larger print (animal or vertical stripes are ideal) will accentuate your shape while covering a little more skin. Try avoiding darker colors, especially black, strapless tops and thin side-tie bikini bottoms.