Womens Swim Wear Shopping Tips

"Fashion Advice on How to Select the
Perfect Swim Wear for Your Body Figure!"

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Womens swim wear unveils imperfections that you normally hide under clothes, so selecting the right swimsuit is quite crucial to looking beach-perfect. Not only will it help you look your best when you're half-naked out in public – you'll also save time and money because they fit and you'll likely wear them again!


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Here you'll find shopping advice on what type of womens beachwear complements your body figure. So whether you're shopping for one-piece bathing suits or bikinis, beach dresses or cover ups - be sure to review the shopping guidelines on this page to make sure that you'll look fabulous!

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Choosing a swimsuit can be a daunting task, especially if you don't like showing off your body. I mean, it's not exactly the most forgiving piece of clothing. Most of us have something we want to hide from the world. A big butt, a flat butt. Small breasts, big breasts. Thick legs, thin legs. Wide hips, straight hips, and the list goes on.

The chic fashionista Anna Villaruel says Many women associate beach wear with skimpy little bikinis when in fact, swim wear has something for everybody - from post-preg, plus-size to skinny figures. So whether you love or dread putting on a swimsuit I'm quite sure you'll find a piece that will suit your needs!

Now you don't need a supermodel body to look gorgeous in a swimsuit. There are so many womens swim wear styles to choose from that will help you look your best.

Amidst all the mass varieties of swimsuits out there, how do you find the one that will make your body look your best?

Let's find out:

What Swimsuits to Invest In?

Compared to the other clothing types, swimwear is a lot more about your personal style and what looks good on your body shape. So basically, the best bathing suits to invest in are the ones that complement your body, and with details that are very you.

However if you're a chic fashionista, then you should definitely secure in a black bathing suit - either as bikini, tankini and(/or) one piece bathing suit. Black is very elegant and classy, slimming and versatile. It's good for relaxing by the pool or when you're out on the beach. You can never go wrong with black!

The Swimwear Essentials:

Womens essential swimwear
  • Black swimsuit
  • Fun but versatile swimsuit (eg. ruffle bikini in neutral blue)
  • Simple swimsuit cover-up

However if black looks a bit too harsh on you - dark blues and browns can look equally classy!

I prefer a bikini because I can mix the bottom and tos, which you can do the same with tankini swimwear.

Tips on building a solid and functional swimwear drawer:

    Tips on how to select a swimsuit that looks fabulous on you
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  • Set yourself apart from the rest in black swimwear by looking for details and styles that reflect your personal taste.
  • Eg. gold hardware if you're super-classy, knots and ruffles if you're a Romantic by heart

  • The best way to build a classy and versatile swimsuit drawer, is to secure bikinis in solid neutrals
  • Such as dark navy blue, olive green, browns, whites, etc. Two toned neutrals (eg. dark blue with white polkadots) are good too. Learn more about neutrals

  • If you love a piece of swimwear buy more of the same style
  • Although black looks slimming on the bust and hips it can make you look shorter
  • That's because if it contrasts with the color of your skin, then it will have the opposite effect by visually "cutting up" your frame. So consider your height when buying black swimwear. Anything that blends with your skintone slims your body frame and it's timeless too

  • Secure at least one beach dress in a lightweight and breathable cotton fabric and not least in a versatile style
  • Also buy a a blouse and/or wrap skirt for easy cover up


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Now let's take a look at my womens swimsuit recommendations for the various body shapes!

Best Womens Swim Wear for Your Body Shape

Womens swim wear hourglass body shape
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Example of hourglass body shape.
Scientific research has shown that you and I are attracted to proportions.

Basically, a proportional body shape has an upper or lower body that are in line with each other - neither of the upper and lower half is prominent than the other.

That's why an hourglass body shape is considered ideal. It's simply pleasing to the eye, and the defined waist makes you look slim along with giving you curves on all the right places. Learn more about how to improve your body proportions.

An Hourglass silhouette is not a must but it can make prominent body parts look less obvious.

So how can we ever achieve a proportional body shape?

The first thing you need to do is to determine your body shape and select womens swim wear that complement the shape of your body.

Like for example, if you want to minimize curves opt for a ruffle bikini top and simple bottom. Or if you lack curves (you have little to no waist definition), striped bikini can add width on upper and lower body.

Let's take a closer look at my womens swim wear suggestions for each of each body shape:

Hourglass Body Shape

Your shoulders are at the same width as your hips, and you also have a defined waist.

Goal: Accentuate waist and body proportions

So look for:

    Best womens swim wear for Hourglass body shape
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  • Two-piece swimsuits
  • Dramatic prints and details to play up your curves
  • Darker colored beachwear if you want to slim down your curves
  • Horizontal striped top and bottom. They widen your shoulder and hips a little and make your waist look trimmer
  • Solid colored bikini with a different colored waistline
  • Two-piece with details along the waistline (like for example ruffles, beads, etc.)
  • One piece bathing suits with waist details such as belt, cut-out and shirring

Learn more about how to dress your Hourglass body shape


Pear Body Shape

Your butt and hips are considerably wider and looks heavier than your shoulders and midsection.

Goal: Draw attention away from your lower part by minimizing and/or adding more interest to your shoulders and bust

So look for:

    Best womens swim wear for Pear body shape
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  • Printed top (florals, horizontal stripes, horizontal polka dots)
  • Detailed top (ruffles, sequins)
  • Light colored top
  • Bandeau and strapless top (helps making your shoulders look wider)
  • Racerback or tank top (broadens sloped shoulders)
  • String bottom (boy shorts only cut your legs across, making your hips and butt look bigger)
  • High cut bottom (elongates your thighs and legs)


If you're proud of your curves show them off by highlighting your hips, butt and thighs:
  • Printed bottom
  • Detailed bottom
  • Light colored bottom
  • Boy shorts

Learn more about how to dress your Pear body shape


Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Your shoulders are prominent than the rest of your body.

Goal: Slim your shoulders or simply draw attention to your great legs

So look for:

    Best womens swim wear for Inverted Triangle body shape
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  • Solid, dark colored top like for example black, dark navy blue, olive green
  • Halter-necks that start wide right under your arm pits
  • Scoop necks
  • Wide straps complement your shoulders (doesn't make them look bigger in comparison)
  • Boy shorts to create hips
  • Printed bottom, like for example floral, polka dots, horizontal stripes
  • Light-colored bottom
  • Detailed bottom, like for example cute ruffles, belt or ties
  • Swimdress


Be proud of your shapely model shoulders by showing them off in a:
  • Bandeau top
  • Strapless top
  • Scoop neck one-piece
  • Print, detailed, light colored top
  • Tankinis

To avoid looking toppled, balance it out again by creating curves around your hips :)

Learn more about how to dress your Inverted Triangle body shape


Rectangle Body Shape

Your shoulders and hips are at the same width but you have little or no waist definition.

Goal: Create a waist and elongate your torso

So look for:
Best womens swim wear for Rectangle body shape
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  • Side cut-out one-piece bathing suit
  • Belted one-piece batching suit
  • V-neck string bikini
  • Black or dark brown (any solid dark colors will do) trim or border details around the waist
  • Solid bottom and detailed top (draws the eye upward and gives your torso a leaner look)
  • One piece with plunging neckline
  • Draped, surplice detail that pinches in at the waist
  • Strapless top will draw the eye upward
  • Detailed or light colored bottom and top (ruffles, rings, bows, etc.) to create width on top and around your hips

Learn more about how to dress your Rectangle body shape


Apple Body Shape

You have a wide and full chest and midsection compared to your lower part.

Goal: Trim down your mid-riff and draw the attention up to your bust or to your great legs

So look for:

    Best womens swim wear for Apple body shape
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  • A good supportive bra top
  • Anything that supports the stomach (like for example tankinis)
  • Ruching or shirring at the sides and middle give the appearance of definition to the waistline
  • Darker colors around the waist and brighter colors above will also help in deferring attention away from the mid-section and up towards the bust, face and neck
  • Bottoms with interest

Learn more about how to dress your Apple body shape here


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Time to Shop for the Latest Womens Swim Wear

Now that you've gone through my fashion tips and shopping advice on swimsuits, it's time to shop!

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