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Susan Bodack is the Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com and an expert on all things swimwear. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with dual degrees in Communications and Spanish, she landed back in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA.

Ever since she was a little girl, Susan has dreamed about working in fashion and after graduation, she was flung head-first into the designer swimwear industry. Swimwear has become her passion and she loves to share her love and knowledge of bikinis with the world.

Swimwear Styles For Any Body Type

Whether you’re shopping for dresses, pants or some sexy new swimwear, it’s important to keep your body type in mind. Since different silhouettes look better on different body shapes, it’s important to know what swimwear styles will work best for you. Once you figure that out, you’ll be well on your way to looking like the beauty of the beach!

Fringe Tiffany by L*SPACE Swimwear

Great top for triangle shapes (Photo Credit: L*SPACE)

The Inverted Triangle:
If your top half is bigger than your bottom half, you’re said to have an inverted triangle shape. Your perfect swimwear styles are those with solid, dark-colored tops that offer the bust support you crave, paired with printed bottoms with more fabric. Think black halter tops or underwire bra tops paired with stylish hipsters or skirted bottoms in fun prints. When pairing these swimwear styles together, you’ll help emphasize your smaller bottom half and balance out your look.

Black Monokini by Anika Brazil Swimwear

A monokini is a great silhouette for rectangle shapes (Photo Credit: Anika Brazil)

The Triangle:
If your top half is smaller than your bottom half, your body type can be described as a triangle-shaped figure. Go for swimwear styles that will emphasize your bustline and make your bottom half appear smaller. Try bandeau or triangle tops embellished with fringe or ruffles or those featuring busy prints paired with solid dark-colored scoop bottoms. This swimwear combination will help accentuate and draw attention upward while making your bottom half look smaller.

The Rectangle/Boyish:
If you have a smaller bust, narrow shoulders and hips and are generally non-curvy in the torso and hips area, you have a rectangle or boyish figure. Look for swimwear styles that will help create the illusion of curves. Try twist bandeau tops paired with printed hipster bottoms, or one-piece swimsuits with side cutout sections. Let the swimwear work its magic!

Bia Turquoise by ViX Swimwear

Perfect bikini for an hourglass shape (Photo Credit: ViX)

The Hourglass:
For those who have hourglass figures, not only are your top and bottom halves proportionate, but you have a tiny waist and probably the most coveted female figure around! You want to go for swimwear styles that won’t throw off your balanced proportions. Try halter tops or triangle tops paired with scoop bottoms or tie-side bottoms with thicker ties. Avoid swimwear bottoms that are too thick or too thin on the sides so you don’t mess with your natural hourglass shape.

The Curvy:
Finally, if you have a curvy or full-figured physique, then you generally have fuller hips, a bigger bust and sexy curves. You want to look for swimwear styles that offer great overall fit and support and hide any problem areas. For two-pieces, try bikinis or tankinis with supportive halter top designs paired with scoop bottoms. If you’re into one-pieces, look for swimwear styles with flattering ruched detail and sexy features like deep plunging necklines.


This season, get ready to turn heads in swimwear styles that show off that bod of yours!

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