What Bathing Suit is Right for My Body Type?

Image via  Zaful

Image via Zaful

I love to shop. It’s a core part of what I do with my clients to ensure they have a closet full of clothes that fit their body type, color palette, personal style, and lifestyle.

Shopping is the blank canvas where I get to introduce my clients to pieces that simultaneously feel like them (i.e. authentic to their style) and open them up new ideas and items they would never choose on their own.

Shopping is the means by which you’re able to explore your individual style and see what funky, fun trends are out there right now.

But bathing suit shopping is rarely like this.

It can feel like we’re looking at our bodies under a microscope and, in turn, can make us question ourselves in a whole new, and often negative way.

This year, I want your swimsuit shopping to be different though.

In style, there is always an answer. The answer is not that there is something wrong with your body.

There is nothing wrong with your body type or size.

The answer is not that you’re “too fat” this bathing suit season and should lose hope.

You are exactly the size and shape you should be.

The answer is about keeping an open mind and knowing that not every suit will work, but there are two or three that will.

When going into this process, be quick to say “no” when something doesn’t work, but don’t revert to “no” because you’re down on your body. Give each suit a good, hard look.

Ask yourself “why did the suit work?” or “why didn’t the suit work?” and put that understanding in your back pocket to reference during future shopping trips.

And most important thing to keep in mind with bathing suit shopping, even more than clothing shopping…

Honor your body type.

This is the key to you having a successful, satisfying shop.

So let’s start exploring, shall we?

Oh, and if you’re lost on what your body type is, you can go here to find out yours before reading on about the perfect bathing suit for your body type.

And don’t forget! Leave me a comment below and share what swimwear you’re excited to try this summer season.

Happy Shopping!




Your legs are your best attribute, so don’t be shy in showing them off. You have the freedom to go with a low-, medium-, or high-rise bottom, but the top will be your trickiest part. Try these shapes and styles:

  • empire-waisted one piece

  • halter tops

  • tankinis

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your apple body type here.


Just like most outfits, you want to think about highlighting your waist. Try these shapes and styles:

  • spaghetti-strap bikinis

  • high-cut one piece

  • peplum tops

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your hourglass body type here.

Inverted triangle

The key to your suit is balancing your shoulders, and you can do this with the top half or bottom half of your suit. Try these shapes and styles:

  • high-neck sport suits

  • mid to thick strap bikini tops

  • mid-rise bikini bottoms

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your inverted triangle body type here.


Your frame is best suited to tops that highlight your shoulder girdle and accentuate the curve between your waist and hips. Try these shapes and styles:

  • high-waisted retro bottoms

  • spaghetti-strap tops

  • off-the-shoulder tops

  • sweetheart-neckline tops

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your pear type here.


Your straight up-and-down frame means you’ve got lots of room to play with the suit you choose. Try these shapes and styles.

  • one shoulder

  • deep v one piece

  • vertical striped suit

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your rectangle type here.