Choose A Swimsuit According to Your Body Shape

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PeixotoBellaTopMandarin_grandeAs such, women always want to wear clothes that will flatter their figure, and if it is about swimsuits, they should be even more careful as swimsuits are so revealing. Carefully chosen swimwear will highlight the plus points in a gal’s figure and hide the minus ones. You just need to know what your body shape is and which type of swimsuit will flatter it. Take a look at Peixoto swimwear to see a range of bikinis to suit all types of body shapes. All the photos in this article are of Peixoto swimwear.

Know Your Body Shape

To know your body shape, it’s better to measure your shoulders, chest, waist and seat with a measuring tape, rather than looking at your reflection in the mirror and keep guessing. If you take the help of a friend, that would be even better. Following procedure may help you to decide your body shape:

  • While measuring shoulders, their widest circumference should be measured. This is to be done by wrapping the tape around the shoulder at such a level from where it would almost fall off. This can be done more easily with a friend’s help.
  • While measuring the chest too, the fullest part should be measured.
  • On the contrary, while measuring the waist, the narrowest portion of the torso, which is normally just above the navel, should be measured.
  • Again while measuring the seat, measure the fullest part.
  • While measuring all these parts, the tape should be kept taut, though not tight.


Now with the measurements, you can determine your body shape based on these rules:

Inverted Triangle: Shoulder and chest measurements are 5% larger than that of seat.

Rectangle: Shoulder, chest and seat measurements are almost the same with 5% here and there. Waist is not well-defined and is less than 25% smaller than chest or shoulders.

Triangle: Seat is larger than chest and shoulders by more than 5%.

Hourglass: Shoulder and seat measurements are nearly the same with 5% difference between them and waist is over 25% smaller than shoulders, chest and seat.

Once your body shape is determined, you can start your shopping spree for swimsuits!

Inverted Triangle

Your aim is to make your shoulders look less broad and draw others’ attention towards your seat and legs. In that case, two-piece suits like swimdresses and tankinis will be the best options. For tops, you can choose a scoop or halter neck top in solid dark colors and wide straps will be excellent, while for the bottoms, boy shorts in light colors with details, like belts, ruffles or print patterns like horizontal stripes or polka dots to play up the bottom curves will be good.



One-piece suits which emphasize the waistline are better for rectangular body shape. Details like a belt, a cut-out side, pinching at waist etc will create an hourglass appearance. Light-colored bikinis which can add width to chest and seat will also work well. Detailed tops paired with solid-colored bottoms will help illude of a longer torso line and highlight the bustline.

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Here the aim should be narrow down the seat and make the bust look fuller. So, detailed tops with plunging necklines which draw attention to the chest will be better. Ruffles or sequins on the top work best. Tank, racerback, strapless and bandeau tops help to make the shoulders look broader. Tankinis too work to add breadth to the upper body. While choosing the bottoms, it is recommended to avoid boy shorts because they add more width to buttocks. Instead, bottoms with higher-cut leg lines will favor the seat curves.



Actually, hourglass figure being the ideal body shape looks good in any type of swimwear, whether it is one-piece or two-piece. If you want to highlight your plus points more, tops with dramatic ruffles or prints and even horizontal stripes paired with matching bottoms will draw attention to the waist. If you wish to slim your curves, choose darker shades.


Other Body Shapes

Apart from the above-mentioned body shapes there are some other types too, like:

Apple-shaped: These are plump figures with usually upper body heavier than the lower one. For this shape, a plunging neckline to draw attention to the décolletage is better. Lighter colored tops paired with darker-colored bottoms will also draw attention to the upper part.


Thin: If you are very thin and wish to add curves to your body, choose bikinis with details like front ties, ruffles or padded tops. Triangle tops too favor a smaller bust. Also bikinis having horizontal stripes give an appearance of an hourglass figure.


Maternity: You can choose maternity suits or even tankinis having shirring or ruching or delicate patterned print to wear a flattering, stylish touch.


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