Hate swimsuit shopping? Join the rest of the female world, especially the women among us who are over the age of 35. How is it that our bodies don’t seem to just “fit” inside bathing suits anymore? How come we have to deal with little skin bits that won’t cooperate like they used to?

Well, it’s all about to change, friends. Anita and Rosa Faia have swimsuits with flattering fabrics and clever cuts that are suited for real bodies—like ours. And to help you survive the inevitable dreaded swimsuit shop, we’ve got some brilliant tips and tricks on which swimwear you should be wearing based on how you describe your body type.

Are you the Hourglass Gal? Pear-Shaped? Whatever your shape, you’ll find it here, along with the most flattering cuts for you.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BATHING SUIT FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE

I’VE GOT AN HOURGLASS SHAPE

“My hips and bust are the same size with a well-defined waist.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Tops with straps that sit in the centre of your well-balanced shoulders, or even try a bandeau top.
  • Match your top with embellished bottoms to balance the whole look.

Get the Look: CORALIE Tropea or MILOU Pinapple Bay bikini set

I’VE GOT A STRAIGHT SHAPE

“My bust and hips are about the same size, with a slightly smaller waist.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Padded or push-up tops in light colours or bold patterns with wide-set straps draws attention to your bust and adds curves to your upper half.
  • For bottoms, try low to mid-rise ones with ties or hip embellishments to add the illusion of curves.
  • If you are looking for a bit more coverage, try a skirted or ruffled bottom to help add curves to your hip.

Get the Look: PAULINA Pink Beach top and bottom or pair the HERMINE bikini top with KIKI Island Hopping bottoms

I’VE GOT A PEAR SHAPE

“My bust is smaller than my hips and my waist gradually slopes outwards from the bust to hip.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Padded or push-up embellished tops and minimalistic patterns on the bottom to draw the eye up, balancing your lower half.
  • If one-pieces are more your style, try to find light coloured or embellished bust area with wide-set strap and higher-cut leg to reduce the visual width of your hips, giving the illusion your bottom half is slenderer.

Get the Look: LENI Pure Stripes one-piece or PAULINA Blue Lagoon top paired with CAUSUAL BOTTOM Blue

I’VE GOT AN OVAL SHAPE

“My waist is wider than my bust and hips and my hips are narrow compared to my shoulders.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Wider straps and fuller-coverage tops provide support and give the illusion of being smaller on top.
  • One-pieces with a wrap-style detail will help define the waist.
  • Hint: in general look for suits that have dark coloured sides and a light, bright or printed middle to give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Get the Look: AILEEN Floral Parade or TERESA Pure Stripes

I’VE GOT AN INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE

“My bust is large and hips are narrow but my waist isn’t overly defined.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Simple, solid coloured triangle tops with wider straps provide support to your bust
  • When choosing a top, ensure it provides adequate coverage to make your top appear smaller.
  • Choose bottoms that cut straight across your hips with side ties to add curves.
  • One-pieces with top details and deep V-necks will create a curvaceous, balanced effect.

Get the Look: CARLI White Bay bikini set or JOSWTTA Nautical Spirit one-piece

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

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