The biggest hurdle in paying attention to body shapes when you are buying a swimsuit is a simple one. It is one or two pieces of skin tight fabric on your body. No fabric too pleat, pad, or arrange to create dimension and line. So….it becomes all visual work – lines draw your eyes and different colors of fabric that divide the body. There is some variation of cut that will emphasis or deemphasize the shape. Lets dive into it.
For The Earth Goddess (aka apple body shape)
Start with a base of black (always good as black appears smaller and further away) and add moving blocks and lines of color on the outer edges
You may occasionally be able to find a swimsuit with layers of fabric. Then use the tried and true rule of thirds and divide the torso vertically into thirds.
If you just aren’t in the mood for black, go ahead and use a bright color and color block. Just be sure that the center block is long and narrow and draws the eye up rather than across.
There are a couple additional ideas on my Pinterest page Earth Goddess Swimsuits
For the Sassy Gal (aka inverted triangle body shape)
Your goal in selecting a swimsuit is to divide and break up your upper torso and keep the eyes moving all over your body rather than focusing on your bust and shoulders. An easy way to do that is with a halter style neckline.
Another neckline that will do the job just as well is the deep v neckline. It does not have to be a deep as this one as long as it emphasizes the deep v.
You can also play with color. Use two colors in the suit and keep the darker or more brilliant color on the bottom with a more muted color on the top. This will help balance your torso.
Take a look at a few more on my Pinterest page Sassy Gal Swimsuits
For the Lady of Movement (aka rectangle body shape)
You can have the most fun with swimsuits of all the bodyshapes. They were made for you!
Go all out for suits that tie and wrap you in a multitude of ways!
Or select a beautiful cutout that moves in and out, creating an hourglass shape right on your torso.
If you are going for a look with less exposed skin, use visual lines to create that movement around your body.
Bikinis will work for you as well. Just keep them very lively and graphic.
There are yet more examples on my Pinterest page Lady of Movement Swimsuits
For the Lady Dive (aka hourglass body shape)
Emphasizing the curve of your bust is all that is needed in a skin tight swimsuit to accentuate that hourglass shape.
For your body shape even the most basic suit will look good. No way to inadvertently hide those curves!
Check out my Pinterest page Lady Diva Swimsuits for more ideas.
For the Lady Peacock (aka pear body shape)
Make good use of color blocking in your suit. Remember – draw the world’s attention to your head and shoulders. With no extra material to use – color can do it!
Like with other outfits, look for wide horizontal necklines in your suit. They can be gorgeous on you.
If you want to go with a bikini then do it. Again like everything else, put all the action up top. Grab a bikini with fun extra in the upper piece.
Some more fun ideas for swimsuits on my Pinterest page Lady Peacock Swimsuits
For a better understanding of your body shape visit What is All This About Bodyshapes? on my website IstinaDesign . To determine what your body shape is check out my Find Your Bodyshape. Then over to my Shop that is displayed by bodyshapes!