Not every bikini style goes with every body shape. So before you buy your new bikini, test out what it will look like on you. See how the suit fits you from every angle. Don’t be afraid to stand in front of that three way mirror. Also, be sure to check out your appearance while squatting or sitting. You will quickly become alert to a too-skimpy bottom or uncomfortable style.
If you have a few or a lot of extra pounds, to look your best make sure to choose a print that makes you smaller and with dark colors. If you love how big prints make you look, try to find a print in a dark color for slimming effects. It’s ok to pair a use a solid colored bottom with a printed top and the same in reverse. And, if you are mixing colors, be sure to wear the darker color on the part of your body youd like to minimize.
In general, here are some basic rules to buy the right bikini for your body shape:
Your body: large breasts, broad shoulders, small hips and butt
Best Suited for: Bikinis. Try different tops such as halter, spaghetti straps, bandeau and tops with thicker straps for more support. Avoid tank tops as they will make shoulders look broad and less feminine. For bottoms try wide cut or string tie.
Your body: tall, thin, small breasts, small hips, waist and butt.
Best Suited for: One-piece suits and bikinis. For one-piece suits pick plain simple designs and colors. For bikini tops try push-ups, tanks and tops with stripes, patterns or designs on them. For bottoms try low riding, or boy shorts. Avoid string bottoms as they will make legs look scrawny.
Your body: narrow shoulders, small breasts, big hips
Best Suited for: Bikinis. For tops try light colors, underwire, push-ups, demi and tank. For bottoms try, boy shorts, triangle cut. Avoid boy cut shorts as they will make hips look bigger.
Your body: small bust, waist not defined, short
Best Suited for: Bikinis. For tops try bandeau, tank, halter. For bottoms try side ties, thin straps, boy shorts. Avoid one piece suits as they will make body look boy like and boxy.
Your body: big breasts, small waist, big hips
Best suited for: Bikinis. For tops try underwire bra and halters. For bottoms get average cut bottoms. Avoid high cut bottoms as they will draw attention to hips. Choose solid colors.