Know Your Body Type for the Best Fit

body shapeOne of the keys to looking stunning at the beach is to wear a swimsuit that best fits your body type. To do this, you must first measure your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips to determine your general body shape. After that you can shop to find a selection of garments that offer the most attractive fit. Here’s how to start:

Taking measurements (with a soft tape measure)

  • Shoulders: Start at the edge of one shoulder and measure all the way around at the highest point. You might need someone to help you perform this measurement.
  • Bust: Measure your bust across the fullest part, making sure not to let the tape slacken as it goes around your back.
  • Waist: Begin slightly above your navel and wrap the tape around the smallest part of your waistline.
  • Hips: Start just below the hip bone and measure around the widest area of your butt.

With these measurements in hand, you can perform some quick calculations to determine your body type or simply “eyeball” your shape. The most common women’s body shapes are:

  • Rectangle: The shoulder, bust, and hip measurements do not vary by more than 5%, and the waist measurement is less than 25% smaller than the bust or shoulders. In other words, your waistline is not well defined and your body is balanced through the shoulders, bust, and hips.
  • Pear shape: The hip measurement is at least 5% larger than the shoulders or bust, leaving you with a clearly defined waist and noticeably wider hips.
  • Inverted triangle: The shoulder or bust measurement is at least 5% larger than the hips, which means your body is wide through the top and narrows through the waist and hips.
  • Classic hourglass: The hip and shoulder measurements do not vary by more than 5%, and the waistline is more than 25% smaller than the shoulders, bust, and hips. You have a very well defined waist, and your bust and hips are approximately the same size.

Once you know your body type, you can visit to begin looking for swimwear that flatters your shape. Here are a few recommendations:

badgley mischka

  • Swimwear for rectangles: One pieces or bikinis with straps set wide apart, ruffled tops, skirted bottoms, and waist embellishments all help to give shape to your body. Try the Black Ruffle One Piece from the new Badgley Mischka line, or the Shan Caviar High Neck Swimsuit
  • Swimwear for pear shapes: Patterned tops with wide set straps or padded cups that enhance the bust can help balance your look, so check out the La Blanca Island Goddess Sweetheart Mio Papaya One Piece or the Beach Bunny Belize Push Up Bikini.
  • Swimwear for inverted triangles: One piece suits with side cut outs or bikinis with ruffled tops and bottoms with side ties, such as the PilyQ Omni Selene One Piece or the Agua Bendita B Crochet Bikini.
  • Swimwear for classic hourglass shapes: Bikinis with bandeau tops and straight cut bottoms like the OndadeMar Mirage Bandeau Bikini, or one piece suits with straps around the waist, like the Vitamin A Neutra Maillot

Now that you’ve identified the kind of swimwear that fits your body type and have a few product examples to work with, you’ll be able to buy with confidence knowing you’ll look your best in any bikini, one piece, or tankini you choose!

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