Best swimwear for your body shape

Swimwear needn’t be a nightmare! Your search for the Holy Grail of swimsuits to suit your bodyshape ends here.

  • big bust
  • small bust
  • big tummy
  • boyish figure
  • big bum / hips
  • apple-shape
  • pear-shape
  • athletic figure
  • hourglass
  • covering EVERYTHING!

Best swimwear for a big bust

Don’t be scared to go up a cup size because coverage is key! Show off your shape but buy stretchy swimsuit styles that won’t dig in and create unsightly bulges.
A sexy, bustier style will hold you in place. Full cups = major support! Deep V-necks are also cleavage-flattering.
Go for tops in bra sizes or ones sold separately; thicker straps offer extra support. If you have a really heavy bust and love a halterneck, take a normal shoulder strap style bikini on holiday, too, to give your neck a rest on alternate days!

Best swimwear for small bust

If your frame is athletic and slender with narrow shoulders and hips, show off your slim shape in a bikini. Add volume to your hips and boobs with bright prints, playful patterns and flirty frills. And if you’re feeling brave (with a figure like yours, why not?), dare to bare in a skimpy string bikini. Bandeau bikini tops also look ace on those with a straight ‘up-and-down’ figure.

Best swimwear for a big tummy

The classic swimsuit is perfect if you’re looking for more coverage over your tummy. Draw attention away from your tum in a swimsuit with sexy cut outs or side ruching detail. Try onepieces with control panels for extra support – there are so many on the high street right now and you’d never know they’ve got hidden control, these suits are seriously sexy.

Best swimwear for a boyish figure

If you’re lacking up front, bold prints (espeshially horizontal stripes up top) and padding help add a little “volume”. Try retro-inspired swimsuits with ruching and seaming to create Marilyn Monroe style curves. A halter maillot style works wonders for a smaller chest. No boobs? Nope, just great cleavage!

Best swimwear for a big bum / hips

Don’t be tempted to hide your bum and hips in hipster boy shorts, they make everything look bigger. High-cut briefs are actually the best way to slim down a generous derrière – see JLo and Beyoncé on the beach for bikini inspiration!

Best swimwear for apple shape

Apple shapes have perfect pins with balanced shoulders and waist; a full bust and a round tummy. So highlight your lean legs with high cut bikini bottoms and tummy shapers. Tankinis are excellent at hiding muffin tops and untoned tums. Dark, solid colours create a lean silhouette.

Best swimwear for a pear shape

Balance out your bottom-half with a mix ‘n’ match bikini. Choose patterns and detailing on the top with a dark coloured, plain bottom to draw the eye up.
Styles with ruffles or patterns on the top will emphasise your toned upper half. A halterneck bikini top will give the illusion of wider shoulders which will balance out your hips.

Best swimwear for an athletic figure

If you’re heart-shaped you’ll have narrow snake-like hips and a weeny waist with wide, athletic shoulders and a full bust – just like an Olympian swimmer, right?
Balance out your lower half with patterned bikini briefs to draw the eye down to your hips and waist. Oh, and try an underwired bikini top for support.

Best swimwear for an hourglass figure

Ahhh, the classic bombshell look: a full bust with rounded hips and a waspish waist. Your curvaceous body shape suits a classic bikini with a bra style top (plus underwiring for support) and leg-lengthening high-cut bottoms. Don’t be afraid to show off your stomach – it’s all about your sexually attractive curves, after all.

Best swimwear for covering everything

If you’re super self-conscious, go for a cool cover up – try a sheer kaftan in a bold coloured print. Especially useful if you want to hide your wobbly bits but have got great legs – show them off!