Body Type: Hourglass
What it Looks Like: An overall curvy shape with wide hips and shoulders, a smaller waist, full rear and thighs and shapely lower legs.
What to Wear: For hourglass-shaped women, the key is to highlight those curves while still providing enough support. Swimsuits that draw the eye toward the waist and bust, like halter styles or v-neck swimsuits, work well for this shape. All-over prints and side panel designs also draw attention to your curvy figure.
Body Type: Apple
What it Looks Like: Features a full bust, waist and upper back, a pronounced tummy and midriff but less full hips, a flat rear, and slim arms and legs.
What to Wear: Apple or oval-shaped women should look for swimsuits that provide a steady balance to their body type and can elongate their figure, like surplice swimsuits or blouson tankinis. Swimsuits with a built-in underwire bra and skirted bottoms can be very balancing and high, scoop or square-necked suits can be flattering for the bust and shoulders.
Body Type: Triangle
What it Looks Like: A triangle, or pear, body type features prominent hips, thighs, and rear, narrow shoulders, bust and waist, and average to large legs.
What to Wear: Triangle-shaped women should look for swimsuits that flatter fuller thighs and legs. One pieces or swimdresses with an empire waist or princess seam or a light colored top paired with a solid, dark short or a skirt can help provide a balanced look. Draw the eye up toward your face and shoulders with an embellished bust-line or a bandeau top.
Body Type: Inverted Triangle
What it Looks Like: An inverted triangle body type features a full bust, waist, and upper back, less full hips, a flat rear, slim arms and legs, and a pronounced tummy and midriff.
What to Wear: Inverted triangle-shaped women should look for suits that elongate their figure, such as surplice dresses. In particular, tops with underwire bras provide excellent support for the bust, skirted bottoms add an extra layer of depth to the lower body and wide or square necked suits flatter the shoulders.
Body Type: Square
What it Looks Like: A square, or rectangle, body type features an average bust, waist, and hips – all of a similar size.
What to Wear: Halter or V-neck swimdresses with twists, wraps and skirts can work well to create a flattering, feminine look. In particular, try a swimsuit with shirring at the waist and bust or pretty details like ruffles, if you’re looking to create the illusion of curves.