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The Bikini Bible: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Shape For Your Body

Summer time means only one thing. It’s time to find the perfect swimsuit or bikini that suits your unique body type. Finding the perfect shape that flatters your body type and enhances all of your best features is a sure-fire way to ensure you look and feel your best whilst soaking up the summer sun.


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So if the thought of finding the right swimsuit for you fills you with fear then read on. We’ve teamed up with a knowledgeable and experienced fashion stylist to get the low-down on how to find the perfect bikini for your body type.


Athletic figures are quite often straight up and down. Your slim figure means that you need to find a swimsuit that gives the illusion of a bigger bust, hips or bottom. If this sounds like you then look for styles that feature interesting prints, ruffles or embellishment.


Ladies who have petite frames can often pull off a wide variety of bikinis. Experiment with different materials. Croquet and neoprene are all the rage this season so this could be your starting point if you’re looking for something that’s ‘on-trend’. If you’re looking to enhance your curves then try out styles that have ties or cut-outs on the sides of the waist.


For those of you that have been blessed with a fuller figure, you may find that you require a little more support from your bikini. High-waisted bottoms will accentuate your curves without compromising on style and look great with a more traditional bikini top that includes underwire.

Larger Bust

Being well-endowed can make finding the perfect bikini that looks great and provides maximum support can be a bit of a challenge. It’s best to choose styles that are made from a thicker, more supportive material and have an underwire. Also look for styles that have thicker straps that are adjustable. Doing so should keep you comfortable and supported. If you want to bring attention away from your chest then it may be a good idea to choose a more basic, one colour top that has a simple design and pair this with a pair of patterned or decorative bottoms. Doing so will draw attention to the design and detail of the bottoms and draw less attention to your assets.

Pear Shape

Pear shapes tend to have a smaller bust and curvier hips. If this sounds like your body type, the trick to finding the perfect bikini is to balance out your proportions. Choose an eye-catching top that is patterned, embellished or ruffled and team this with a more basic pair of bottoms. This will draw the attention to your top half where you tend to be smaller.


If you have an hourglass shape, you’ll often find that finding the perfect swimsuit holds less of a challenge. Your feminine, curvy figure will often look great in a large variety of styles due to your balanced curves and smaller waist. Due to your curves being quite well-balanced you can pull off a large number of styles so experiment with more unusual cuts and shapes of swimsuit. You’ll also find that you can really go bold with bright colours and highly patterned styles.

Hopefully, the information above will make finding the perfect bikini for your body shape a breeze. Choosing the correct style for your body type can make all the difference when it comes to looking and more importantly feeling great this summer.