Although most of us are ecstatic that Independence Day is here, some of us might be dreading pool parties and the enviable “bikini season.” Everyone struggles with body image in some way, but we want to encourage you to love your body! Here at Beauty Coach we came up with a little swimsuit shopping guide to help you choose the best bikini (or one piece!) for your body type.
Slim/petite figure: If you are naturally slim then your top half usually matches your bottom half. With a slim figure you can play around more with ruffles and patterns! Try a cool textured pattern or mix and match your top and bottom! What to avoid: a straight across bandeau top will only make your bust appear smaller.
Curvy/full-figured: You might fall into this category if you have fuller hips and a larger bust. You’ll want to draw attention to your best features! Try bikinis with underwire for support and high waisted bottoms for tummy control. Look for one pieces with accentuates at the waist, such as a wrap or ruching. What to avoid: large prints, hipster or boy short bottoms, or too thin-stringed bottoms.
Pear/triangle: Shakira may have been singing about you if your hips don’t lie! This figure tends to be smaller on top and fuller in the hips/butt/thighs area. You’ll want to draw more attention to your top half, so find a top with a bold pattern or even a plunging neckline to draw the eye upwards. Solid bottoms are best, and if you need a little help in the tummy area, try a tankini or a high waisted bottom. High cut bottoms with also help with a slimmer look. What to avoid: boy short or hipster bottoms, or bottoms with a busy pattern.
Athletic/rectangle: You might have an athletic figure if you tend to be trim with narrow hips and smaller bust. With this body type you’ll want to create the illusion of curves. A monokini with cut outs is the perfect way to give you a waist. Also try triangle or halter tops, or a bandeau with a sweetheart neckline. Ruffles, bows, ruching, or other embellishments are all great way to add a feminine touch. What to avoid: a straight across bandeau top will only emphasize your rectangle figure more.
Hourglass: If you’re blessed with curves, but have a small waist then you fall into the hourglass category. Look for swimsuits that will support your top and bottom. You also want a bathing suit to emphasize your waist. Look for tops and bottoms that match whether both patterned or both solid. Try halter tops to support your top, and bottoms with thick ties on each side are perfect for this figure. What to avoid: you don’t want hipster or boy short bottoms, but you also don’t want too skinny or stringy bottoms either.
Swimsuit season doesn’t have to be a pain. Pick a suit to emphasize YOUR unique and beautiful body. Not only look amazing but feel amazing and be sure to set off a few fireworks of your own this 4th of July!
Beauty Coach Team