Swimwear for Your Body Type

Hour Glass Body Type:

If you’re an hourglass, you can pretty much wear any swimsuit combo. With one exception: stay away from suits designed to create an hourglass shape. I hope the reason for this is obvious — too of much anything is never good. As for specifically flattering items for an hourglass, boy shorts complement this shape, as well as the other shapes below.

Swimwear for your body type

Women’s Surplice Neckline High Waisted Halter One Piece Monokini Swimsuit

Ruler Body Type:

Look for swimming suits that create give the illusion of shape or curviness. Also find high-waisted bottoms, as they add the illusion of shape to the hips. When you’re a ruler, you need to show off the bit of shape you have. Don’t be afraid of string bottoms (like the bottom picture below).

TIP 1: Don’t wear bikini bottoms low on your hips (or “hipster” style bottoms). This elongates the straightness of a ruler shape.TIP 2: Stay away from boy shorts, they will wash out the bit of shape you have as a ruler.

TIP 2: Stay away from boy shorts, they will wash out the bit of shape you have.

Pear Body Type:

Two pieces look great on a pear shape and are often more flattering than a one-piece. Boy shorts are an option also. See below for suggestions.

Women’s Sexy Scoop Neck Cutout Strappy High Waist Thong 2PCS Bikini Sets Swimsuit

I hope the guidelines above help you narrow down your summer swimwear search. To share images of your swimwear successes or leave a comment, contact me.

MEET SYLVIA PETRO — THE BROKE, FIT SINGLE MOM: As an athlete of over 15 years, and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the road to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; informing readers about mastering both of those building blocks is my goal.

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