Hourglass Shape: If you have an hourglass shape, your waist is typically much smaller than your bust or hips. Pick a suit that will accentuate your waist and flatter your other assets. If you are a taller hourglass, a high-cut bottom or boy shorts will bring definition to your legs. As for the top, choose one with an under wire or a bandeau top.
[Rosa Cha] [Zimmermann]
Perfectly Petite: For smaller, petite figures, opt for a string bikini that ties on the hips. This will bring attention to your curves, especially if you're a petite boy-shape. Halter tops are best for those with a smaller breast size, as they will push up and support your chest. To give you the illusion of added curves, buy a bottom with a floral print or one with ruffles.
[Phillip Lim] [Annie Greenabelle]
The Luscious Pear: Since most pear shapes have a slightly larger bottom than top, buy your bikini bottom one size larger than you would your top. The beauty of separates is that you can mix and match, changing up your options. I recommend you pick a suit with some lift, to give you a little more oomph and curve to your shape. Your best bet on top is a push-up bra to give your breasts maximum support.
[Juicy Couture] [Tomas Maier Claudie]
Rectangle-Shape: If you find you have larger breasts than the average beach bunny, splurge and buy a supportive top with full coverage. This will give you control over your top and a healthy shape. For total control, I recommend a suit with a girdle-like boning in the sides and stomach to help you look slim and firm. They're actually supposed to make you look 10 pounds lighter - yes, please!
Boy-Shape: Choose a high waisted bikini bottom, one with lift for your rear. This style accentuates your waist and makes your long, lean body look curvier. The beauty of this shape is that you can pull off a one-piece suit as well as a two-piece suit. One-pieces will make your body look even leaner, while a two-piece will bring out your curves.
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