It’s that time of the year where so many people go on their mid-year vacation and if you’re heading to a beach very soon, we’re pretty positive you’ll be packing a bikini or two. But before you do so, or if you’re having problems selecting one that best suits your body shape, here are some simple pointers to help you shop for the right swimsuit.

1. Wide hips

If your shoulders are narrower than your hips, this body type is often referred to as triangle or pear shape.

To create a more flattering silhouette, opt for high waist bikini pants to show off your waistline. If you’re going for a one piece, a high waist, low plunge design will draw attention to your neckline, creating a sleeker frame. At all cost, avoid boy shorts as this will make your hips look wider.

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ASOS Pastel Gem Embellished Longline Bikini 
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Mandalynn Betty Swimsuit via Nasty Gal

2. If you have big boobs

The most important thing for well endowed girls to remember is support. For bikinis, you want to invest in a piece that has a) wide or thick straps and b) underwired cups. The former ensures that everything is held in place and gives you the right support while the latter prevents your girls from looking saggy. Otherwise, a one piece suit with a halter neck or wide straps will work too. You’ll want to avoid string bikinis as they don’t offer maximum support. Nobody wants a wardrobe malfunction right?

Pour Moi Antigua Underwired Halter Bikini via ASOS
Pour Moi Antigua Underwired Halter Bikini via ASOS

 

Roxy Ladies Glassy Water One Piece, RM249.90
Roxy Ladies Glassy Water One Piece, RM249.90

3. If you have small boobs

Girls with a modest chest who want to create an illusion of a fuller bust can try a bustier bikini top. Bustier bikini tops are usually moulded, so this provides shape. Fringe, ruffles or layers are great qualities to have in a bikini top for those who want a bit of lift. You can pull off string bikinis rather effortless but always make sure to get the right size, or else, it will appear unflattering.

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Seafolly Summer Garden Bustier Bikini via ASOS
Rip Curl Colourful Striped Bikini
Rip Curl Colourful Striped Bikini

5. Hourglass

If your shoulders and hips are at the same width and you have an itty bitty waist, the best type of swimwear that will highlight your much sought after silhouette are vintage designs. Whether it’s a high waist bikini with a retro print or one piece halter swimsuit, vintage designs will accentuate your shape. Plus, who doesn’t want to look like Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot?

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New Look Kelly Brook Tex Heart Longline Bikini via ASOS
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Topshop Box Pleat Swimsuit, RM199

6. Athletic

If you have an athletic frame, triangle bikinis or high cut bottoms will suit you just fine. Triangle tops create a curvy illusion but don’t limit yourself to solid colours. Have fun with prints and patterns or asymmetrical cuts as these will draw attention away from your angular or boxy figure.

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Triangl Black Neon Orange Burst Bikini
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Warehouse Geo Bikini

And there you have it! Now that you know how to select the best swimwear to suit your figure, the only thing left is to wear your pieces with confidence and embrace your figure!