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Top 7 tips on: How to choose the right swimsuit?

Updated on November 29, 2016
Are you ready for summer?
Are you ready for summer? | Source

Apples and pears

Summer is truly here, so it is time to get your swimsuit out from its drawer!

For most women this is the most shocking time of the whole year as they learn whether they really put on some weight since last summer or not. But even if they did not, the swimsuit can still look awkward if the wrong one was bought years ago.

In the following you can find some tips on how to choose the right swimsuit to see that reflection in the mirror you really want to see.

Pear or apple shape? It does not matter! Keep on reading to get to know: How to choose the ideal swimsuit for your type!


1) Get to know your body shape

First of all the most important thing is to get to know your real body shape. This means you look into the mirror and decide where you naturally distribute weight on yourself, so you can decide which swimsuits will look the best on you. Usually, the most common body shapes are:

  • Apple (or round) shape: when the hips, the waist and the bust are nearly the same width.
  • Pear (or triangle) shape: when the hips are noticeably wider than the waist or the bust.
  • Inverted triangle shape: when the bust and the shoulders are noticeably wider than the waist and the hips.
  • Hourglass shape: when the bust and the hips are almost about the same width, but the waist is noticeably smaller.
  • Straight (or rectangle or banana) shape: when there is no noticeable difference between the width of the hips, the waist and the bust.

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2) Choosing the correct fit in general

Now that you know your body shape, you can begin to think about the correct fit of swimsuit in general and about where/how would you use it the most. Never choose a bikini in case you want to use it when you go surfing as it will surely fall off of you with a bigger wave.

  • High-cut bottoms: these can make your legs much longer (ideal for short people – good fit for straight shape).
  • Boyshorts: these will make the hips look wider, draw attention from the bust (ideal for people with big breasts – good fit for inverted triangle and hourglass shape).
  • Triangle/tie-front and halter bikini tops: draw attention to the bust (ideal for people with smaller breasts or who want to draw attention there (– good fit for pear and hourglass shape).
  • Strapless bikini tops: these will make the bust seem wider (– good fit for pear and straight shape).
  • Underwired bikini tops: these will provide a better support for the breasts (- good fit for apple and inverted triangle shape).

Ideally the bikini should exactly fit your body, if your bust is almost popping out of the bikini top, then you should reconsider the bikini you chose.

Wrong cup size
Wrong cup size | Source
Wrong band size
Wrong band size

3) Choosing the correct cup size

Start by measuring your bust and then choose the bikini top according to what you have measured. Support is very important; you should feel comfortable in your bikini at all times.

If u feel like your breast is popping out on the top then you must have chosen the wrong cup size.

4) Choosing the correct band size

If the band around your body or the one in between the breasts is not fitting correctly, reconsider the top you choose. It must not be too tight or too loose either.

5) Choosing the correct type of bikini

Strapless bikini tops are the best fit for women with small bust, so make sure you do not choose this type if you feel like your breasts will pop out. Try jumping a bit in your bikini to see if this is the case or it really does provide enough support for your type.

Also, if you have a small bust feel free to choose a bikini top with colourful patterns, beading or ruffles as this will give a nice optical ‘illusion’ of bigger breasts.

Wrong top size
Wrong top size | Source
Wrong bottom size
Wrong bottom size | Source
Possible colours
Possible colours

6) Choosing the correct bottom size

When buying a swimsuit you must also choose your bottom wisely. An incorrect size will make your hips wider or can also suggest that you have a lot of extra weight on yourself.

7) Choosing the right colour

Last but not least it is very important to choose the right colour that goes best with your skin tone and body shape.

  • Pale skin: avoid pale (like yellow or any pastel) colours, but choose lively (gold, orange, green) colours and patterns.
  • Rosy skin: avoid white, orange or black but choose soft colours like blue, lavender or pink.
  • Dark/brown skin: avoid brown, beige or gold, as well as earth-tones, but choose black, red, white or other hot colours.

In addition, choose bright colours to highlight something you like on yourself and use solid colours without any pattern to hide something.

Tip on how to emphasize a small bust with ruffles and colours
Tip on how to emphasize a small bust with ruffles and colours | Source


  • Always try up the swimsuit you are about to buy so you know how it feels and looks on you exactly!
  • Ask someone you trust to help you decide which one is the best swimsuit for you. More eyes can see more!
  • Don’t be afraid to buy separates if one part of the swimsuit does not match you perfectly!

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  • brittvan22 profile image

    brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    I wish more women would read this and not be victims of their own choosing. Good hub!

  • Time2Spare profile image

    Time2Spare 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    very helpful for the summer.. thanks for the hub...