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How To Choose A Bikini For Your Body Type

It’s bikini season, so we want to help you choose a bikini for your body type to flatter your figure. We show you how to pick a bikini for these 6 body types: pear shape, apple shape, big butt, small butt, big bust and small bust.

Understand your body type and then shop for styles that are appropriate. Remember, you can buy tops and bottoms that are mismatch to create the perfect body shape and create illusions where necessary.

How to flatter your bikini body

How To Choose A Swimsuit To Flatter Your Bikini Body

1. Pear Shape bikini body: your body is narrower at top and wider at bottom

An embellished top with fringe, ruffle or embroidered detail balances out a pear shaped proportions. Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Eva Longoria and Rihanna have a pear shape so you can see what looks good on them.

Top: Embellished, fun prints and trendy details like ruffles, fringe give the illusion of a fuller top.  A bandeau top should have molded cups for a balanced look on the top. Bottom: A bottom with a wide band that lays flat against the hips or a bottom with the option to tie at different spots is flattering.  A bottom with a sliding embellishment to a narrower to give the illusion of narrower hips.

Mix and Match –  Pair a solid bikini bottom with an embellished top. Visually, the eyes will be drawn towards the upper half of your body and away from your hips and rear.

Sofia by Vix Bikini Recommendation: Southwest Ruffle Triangle Top,or Bandeau or Sierra Triangle Fringe top or bandeau, Sonar Rouche bandeau, Marysol Bralette top, Santa Fe Bia Tube Bottom, Sierra Rouche band bottom. Look for these styles from Sofia by ViX here.

Buy J-Lo’s yellow bandeau bikini here

Jennifer Lopez Bikini Body

2. Apple shape bikini body: wider at top with minimal waist definition

An apple shaped body needs a bikini tops that will minimize wide shoulders and a bikini bottom that give the illusion of more curves. Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kesha, Jennifer Lawrence, and Drew Barrymore also have an Apple shape.

Wider halter straps make your shoulders appear narrower. Embellished side band bottoms or side ties give extra volume just below the waist and embellished tie-sides add drama. These bottoms are great for balancing out an apple shape.

Sofia by Vix Bikini Recommendation: Mix and Match – Pairing a solid halter bikini top with a fun printed bottom is a great way to draw the eye down and away from the wider upper body. Juniper Triangle Top, Native Triangle Top, Marysol Triangle top. Juniper Knot Bottom, or any bottom with side ties. Look for these styles from Sofia by ViX here.

Shop Catherine Zeta Jones’  yellow triangle bikini here

Catherine Zeta Jones Bikini Body

This swimsuit would be more flattering if she had a halter top or thicker straps on the top to narrow her shoulders

Shop Elizabeth Hurley’s triangle top bikini here

Elizabeth Hurley's Bikini Body

Liz Hurley is an apple shape and therefore needs a bikini top that has wider straps like a halter top

3. Large Butt: like Khloé Kardashian, Kelly Brook, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Clarkson, Venus and Serena Williams

Bikini Recommendation: Mix and match a solid bottom with a printed top. This will draw the eye upward, away from your tush.  A bottom with an adjustable piece on the side of the bottom can adjust the size of the butt that you want. Look for these styles from Sofia by ViX here.

Buy Kim Kardashian’s string bikini here

How to choose a bikini for your body type big butt kim kardashian

An adjustable bottom helps to create a bottom that is the correct size for your butt. Sometimes covering less surface area of a big butt can make your butt appear smaller.

4. Small Butt: Brazilian bikini bottom (ruched ), side-ties, fringe, and ruching will help to balance out your smaller bottom half

Bikini Recommendation: Bottoms with tie sides dangling at the hips will pull the eyes outward. Bottoms with a side sash, side fringe, a bottom with a detailed or embellished band is good for a small butt. Look for these styles from Sofia by ViX here.

Buy Anne Vyalitsyna’s Brazilian bottom bikini here

Anne Vyalitsyna has a small butt bikini body, and therefore a small bikini bottom or a brazilian cut bottom is the best shape for her.

Anne Vyalitsyna has a small butt and therefore a small bottom or a Brazilian cut bottom is the best shape for her.

 Shop Lindsay Lohan’s blue bikini here

Lindsay Lohan's Bikini Body

Lindsay Lohan has a small butt too. A small bikini bottom would make her butt look more substantial than it currently does in this full bottom.

5. Small Bust: like Cameron Diaz, Keira Knightley, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sienna Miller

Create more fullness up top with details, prints and ruffles on the top. A Bandeau styles with a ring detail or sweetheart neckline are best for giving smaller chests a more flattering silhouette.

Sofia by Vix Bikini Recommendation: Sonar Rouche Bandeau,  Marysol Bralette Top, Southwest Ruffle Triangle, Santa Fe Triangle Top. Look for these styles from Sofia by ViX here.

Shop Cameron Diaz’s bandeau bikini here

how to flatter your bikini body type cameron diaz

The embellished bandeau style creates the illusion of a bigger bust balancing her body.

Shop Beyonce’s L*Space fringe triangle bikini top here

how to choose a bikini for small bust beyonce

A bikini top with fringe adds volume to a small bust

6. Large Bust: halter bikini gives extra support

Sofia by Vix Bikini Recommendation: Juniper triangle top or Santa Fe Bia tube top, bluegrass detail triangle top. Look for these styles from Sofia by ViX here.

Shop Holly Madison’s triangle pink bikini here

how to choose a bikini for a big bust bikini body

The double piping under the bust helps to add support and balance a bigger bust.

Shop Claudia Romani’s black jewel embellished bikini here

Claudia Romani balances her large bust bikini body with a top with larger straps.

Claudia Romani balances her large bust with a top with larger straps. By the way, here bottoms have Obama on the back!




About The Author

Britt Hackmann is the co-founder of Nubry. Her background includes retail management, digital marketing strategy, fashion marketing, and marketing analytics. She loves snow skiing, tennis, traveling, partying in the big city and getting dirty in the countryside. Twitter @BrittHackmann Follow Gretchen and I on Instagram for previews of everything! @nubry

One Response

  1. Abigail Mae Prescott

    Great tips and nice picts as an illustration.

    A lot of women don’t really know how to wear their swimsuits. They have this notion that because they are not blessed with nice body shape means they cannot wear daring swimwear pieces.


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