When choosing swimwear for your body type, it’s all about finding just the right combo to help you feel beautiful, supported and totally flawless when you step into the sun! Boux Avenue’s philosophy is that swimwear should ‘fit like lingerie’ and feel just as on-trend too! So here are our insider tips for embracing what you love about yourself when the swimsuits and the sun come out.
Stunning pear-shapes tend to have delicate narrow shoulders, slim waists with wider hips and curvy bums...think Beyonce, J-Lo and Rihanna!
Mix and Match
Be on the lookout for ‘mix and match’ bikinis! Pairing a plain bottom with a colourful or patterned top will emphasise your bust and will add a beautiful sense of visual balance to your gorgeous figure.This colour blocking trend will never go out of style!
Elongate the Legs
High-cut legs are oh-so-flattering for pears because they elongate the figure. This will create the illusion that you’ve got legs for days, make you look taller and highlight the shape of your gorgeous curves.
Draw the Eye Upwards
Halter bikini tops draw attention upwards and accentuate slimmer waists. A cute off-the-shoulder top or trendy cut-out top will also intrigue and draw the eyes upward!
Create an Illusion
Swimsuits with ruching on the sides or in the middle work wonders in creating the illusion of a cinched-in waist. High-cut bottoms will also show off your slender hips and legs.
If you’re self-conscious about your midriff, a shaping swimsuit or one with subtle hidden support, will give you additional coverage, while keeping you supported.
The ‘straight up and down’ body type is the divine athletic frame – and it’s a great one to dress because balance is so easy to achieve! With little difference in size between the shoulders, waist and hips, you can emphasise your beach look with loads of beautiful colours, patterns and cuts. Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Biel are perfect to take style inspo from!
Play with Your Look
A smaller bust means you can get away with minimal support and have loads of fun by playing with bright colours, bold patterns, frills and ruching. Try out a bandeau or a crop top as the top half of your bikini.
Take the Plunge
Take advantage of needing less support in a one-piece swimsuit, and go for a plunging deep V neckline. It’s sexy and flattering for smaller busts!
Enhance the Curve
Add volume to your bust and hips with bright colours, bold prints or frills, which create the illusion of a fuller curve. For something trendy and a little different, try a one-piece with keyhole cut-outs, or asymmetric shaping. The wavy cut-outs create the illusion of a curvier silhouette.
The womanly hourglass body is balanced yet curvy, with a full bust, round hips and a smaller waist. Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Brook are all style icons who know their hourglass-shaped angles!
Embrace the Classics
A classic bikini with bra-style top looks gorgeous on a balanced, curvy hourglass figure. Give your classic bikini a modern twist with glam embellishment or detailing.
Support Your Bust
This body type typically needs more support, so look for tops with underwiring and wider fastening straps for supreme comfort.
Create a Silhouette
Taller hourglass frames look great with high-waisted bikini bottoms. Paired with a sweetheart neckline, you can create a real ‘bombshell’ silhouette.
The ‘carrot’, or inverted triangle body shape has long, slender legs, narrow hips, a fuller bust and beautiful, broad shoulders. Balancing your look is key when choosing swimwear.
Bring on the Stripes
Horizontal stripes are flattering on carrot shapes, widening the hips and balancing out broader shoulders.
Mix it Up
Like pears, carrot body types have the perfect shape to mix and match. Choose separates with bolder colours and patterns on the bottom half to create a balanced visual frame.
Reinforce the Bust
Carrot shapes tend to have a fuller chest, so look for swimsuits or bikini tops with underwiring or halter shapes with great support and coverage.
Every day is bikini day!
No matter what your height, weight, shape or age, you can look and feel like the goddess you are in swimwear! Repeat this to yourself daily: there’s no such thing as a perfect body type; so celebrate Your Shape Your Style and embrace your uniqueness. The right fit and a few simple pieces can help you feel ready to step out onto the beach anywhere, anytime.
See our swimwear shape guide video below.