How To Rock The Right Swimsuit According To Your Beautiful Body Type

May 18, 2017

Let’s face it, shopping for a swimsuit can be fun and exciting but at the same time it can be a real challenge. The challenge for me is searching for one in a flattering color, pattern and cut according to my body type, which I’m considered to be curvy. When I go shopping, I would get totally confused by all the swimsuits because there are so many of them on the market these days which can be extremely overwhelming.

What I have learned about shopping for swimsuits is to understand what each swimsuit style type is. From bikinis to string bikinis….what’s the difference besides the name? Various swimsuit styles is what I would call the baseline, which gives me a basic general idea of what each swimsuit type is. Understanding what each of the swimsuit types has given me a better understanding of to search for and what to stay away from when out shopping for my new swimsuit.

So if you are in the same situation when shopping for a swimsuit and not sure what the baseline of each swimsuit style is let me break it down for you….

Bikini

The bikini is a two-piece style that consists of a bra-like top and panty-like bottoms. Sometimes you will find the bottoms are cut similar to boy shorts or a skirtsuit. Here are a few of my favorite bikini choices.

Lygia & Nanny Printed Triangle Bikini Set.jpg

Lygia & Nanny Printed Triangle Bikini Set

Lygia & Nanny Push-Up Bikini Set

Lygia & Nanny Push-Up Bikini Set

String Bikini

The string bikini is almost similar to a traditional bikini except for the strings tie together the top bra-like piece and the sides of the bottom piece. The difference is the string bikini offers less coverage than a traditional bikini. Here are a few of my favorite string bikini choices.

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Triangle Bikini

Dolce & Gabanna Floral Print Triangle Bikini

Missoni Crochet Knit Halterneck Bikini

Missoni Crochet Knit Halterneck Bikini

Halter

The halter basically is a swimsuit that ties behind the neck. Here are a few of my favorite choices. 

Dolce & Gabbana Striped Halter Bikini.jpg

Dolce & Gabbana Striped Halter Bikini

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Halterneck Triangle Bikini.jpg

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Halterneck Triangle Bikini

One-Piece

The one-piece is the only swimsuit that gives the most coverage. The cut leg openings can be either high to low-cut leg openings. Here are some of my picks for stylish one-piece.

Onia Kelly Yellow Orchars One Piece.jpg

Onia Kelly Yellow Orchars One Piece

Solid & Stripe Willow Deep Plunge One Piece.jpg

Solid & Stripe Willow Deep Plunge One Piece

Bandeau

A bandeau is a one or two piece swimsuit. The focus of this style is the strapless of the bustline, which gathers the center.

Lisa Marie Fernandez Natalie Flounce Ruffled Crepe Bandeau Bikini

Lisa Marie Fernandez Natalie Flounce Ruffled Crepe Bandeau Bikini

Lygia & Nanny Printed Bandeau Bikini Set.jpg

Lygia & Nanny Printed Bandeau Bikini Set

Tankini

The tankini is a two-piece style that has a top that covers the majority of the stomach along with bikini bottoms. Here are my favorite tankini choices.

Gossip Girls' Festival Fringe Tankini Set.jpg

Gossip Girls’ Festival Fringe Tankini Set

Hobie Girls' Fleur To Love Tankini Set.jpg

Hobie Girls’ Fleur To Love Tankini Set

Racerback

This is the type of swimsuit that is worn by swimmers. The design of the back has straps that forms an X shape, which is good for making sure the swimsuit stays in place while the swimmer dives or swims.

Araks Jireh Racerback Swimsuit

Araks Jireh Racerback Swimsuit

CK Racerback Lycra One Piece Swimsuit

CK Racerback Lycra One Piece Swimsuit

Skirtsuit

A skirt suit can be either a one or two piece swimsuit that has a short skirt. Check out these for example.

Nicolita Swimwear Rumba Ruffles Blue Skirt Bikini Bottom

Nicolita Swimwear Rumba Ruffles Blue Skirt Bikini Bottom

Ralph Lauren Halter Bikini Top And Skirt Set

Ralph Lauren Halter Bikini Top And Skirt Set

Okay so now that we have defined each swimsuit style, lets go further in searching the swimsuits that will flatter each figure.

Small Bust

Full Bust

Large Lower Half

Shorter Legs with a Longer Waist

Longer Legs with a Shorter Waist

Broader Shoulders

Abdominals

Curvy

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