Your Ultimate Beachwear Guide

It’s one of the many joys of being a woman: we all struggle for a while to figure out our body type, and then to figure out everything that is most flattering for it. Yet there is one area of our style knowledge that we constantly question: our beachwear. We figure it doesn’t matter as much as how we look when we go shopping or to work or class. Wrong, ladies! You want to always look your best, so here are some quick tips for finding the best beachwear for your particular body type (with plenty of range to express your personal style).

If you’re pear-shaped:

Bikini: Balance out your shape with ruffles, beading or patterns that create the illusion of having a slightly bigger bust. You’ll look like you have a perfect hourglass shape.

Coverup: Try a sarong or a flowy top to balance out your proportions and even out your shape.

Give balance to your shape with American Eagle’s Printed Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Top and Printed Bikini Bottom in Blue, $19.95 per piece. Available at American Eagle Outfitters.

If you’re hourglass-shaped:

Bikini: You can pull off pretty much any bathing suit you choose “ just make sure to keep the ladies supported (especially if you’re heavier on top) with a halter-style or underwire bikini top.

Coverup: Wear a coverup that emphasizes your waist with a drawstring or pretty embellishment. If it’s flowy, keep it somewhat translucent so you can still show off that hot figure of yours!

Show off your curves with Betsey Johnson’s Tea Party Ruffle Bikini Top, $108, and Tea Party Standard Tie Bottom in Banana, $90. Available at Betsey Johnson.

If you’re boy-shaped:

Bikini: You can get away with many different styles of bathing suits, but sporty looks are the most flattering for you. Try a cute bandeau style with ruffles to give the illusion of more curves. You can also try bright bikinis with metallic hardware to amp up your femininity.

Coverup: Again, go for feminine styles. Flowy, gauzy tops with embellishments are perfect for your body type, as are tunics.

Feminize your look with Urban Outfitters’ Cyn & Luca Polkadot Bikini Top, $54, and Bikini Bottom in Pale Brown, $39.99. Available at Urban Outfitters.

If you’re apple-shaped:

Bikini: Try a one-piece or tankini with details like ruching or color blocking that draw the eye up closer to your bust and natural waist. This takes attention away from anything extra in the middle you might not want to draw attention to.

Coverup: Show off your legs by donning a straight tunic or light hoodie. You can even wear just a button-down shirt “ a super cute look, especially with a floppy hat and your favorite sunglasses!

Flatter your shape with Tommy Bahama’s Pearl Solids Ruffle Halter One-Piece Suit in Amethyst Purple, $128. Available at Tommy Bahama.

Happy beach-time girls!

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Tags: balance, bathing suit, beachwear, bikini, body type, feminine styles, personal style, ruffles, tankini.

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