Bikinis for Different Breast and Body Shapes

The summer season is in full swing! And with this season comes the desire to go to the beach (or at least the nearest swimming pool). This is true, regardless of the current global conditions. Whether you do it at home or a private resort or an exotic beach, one thing always crops up (pun intended). And that is what bikini or swimsuit should you wear.

Now, it may seem like an easy choice to make. If you ask a man, the answer will often be “just wear what you like”. But it’s never that simple, especially with women’s wide array of body shapes and types. Also, breast shapes and sizes have to be considered, as the wrong choice may lead to dissatisfaction. At worst, it might result in unwanted wardrobe malfunctions!

So let help you out by presenting an informed guide on choosing the right bikini or bathing suit for your specific body shape and type.

Different Female Body Shapes

According to medical and health experts, female body shapes and types vary widely. While there are many variations, we can break these down to the following:

Hourglass – Also popularly referred to as the “Coca Cola bottle” shape. Generally, this refers to females with the traditionally “ideal shape”. This is when the woman’s hips and bust are of relatively parallel shape and size. Meanwhile, the waist is tinier than either. Additionally, the legs and upper arms are likely well-proportioned in terms of length and size.

Inverted Triangle – This is also called the “apple” shape. The bust size (generally the circumference) is generally larger and the shoulders are broad. On the other hand, the waist and hips are smaller, almost having the same shape and overall size. Often, the arms and legs are of average proportions.
Rectangular – Another term for this general shape is “straight”, “ruler”, or in some cases, “banana”. This does not necessarily mean the female is thin, but it can be. More likely, the woman has slender features. The shoulders and the hips are almost parallel, while the bust is nearly the same size as the hips or even the waist. Quite often, the legs and arms are as straight, though there are those with more toned shapes.

Round – Also called the “melon”. The round body type is actually more oval in shape. This is the woman with the more fully figured shape. The breasts are generally larger than the hips and waistline. The arms and legs are also fuller.


Triangle – Otherwise called the “triangle” or the “pear” shape. The feminine body type with this shape has smaller shoulders and bust size compared to the hips. The angle of the waist is slightly diagonal as it descends toward the hips.

Take note that these are not the only classifications of female shapes. There are others that are slight variants of the aforementioned, such as the “spoon” shape (which is a variation of the pear shape). Also, female bodies can tend to change shape in time, depending on the diet and exercise. It can also change due to hormonal and hereditary changes.

Choosing the Right Bikini

Regardless of body shapes and types, you should generally follow the following basic principles:

Coverage – Despite the liberal perspective of this era, coverage of the sensitive areas are the main priority. Although micro bikinis do exist, they should still provide sufficient protection and “decency”.

Fit – It’s one thing to be able to wear the bikini or bathing suit. It is another matter to keep it in place. Thus, ensure that the swimwear you choose consistently “hugs” your body. Moreover, there should be sufficient stability. This is if you plan on any physical activities like swimming or running along the beach.

Flatter Your Shape – A good bikini provides coverage. A great bikini makes you look awesome while you are wearing it. Aesthetically, this is a key factor in choosing the right beach wear for you.

For example, if you have a round or pear shape, “tankinis” or a swim dress would be ideal. On the other hand, an hourglass or apple shaped body would go for a set of bikinis that provide bust support. Having an underwire and double stitched bands are a good benchmark.

Choose Bikinis Wisely!

There are many choices for beach wear and bikinis for the summer seasons. The activity for online shopping for these has certainly increased in the past few years. However, that also makes it difficult to gauge how good they are in meeting your body shape needs.

In the future, we will look further into exploring the right beach wear to accentuate your looks. Keep watching for regular advice, information, news, and tips for fashion and beauty!

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