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!

Xx.

R

Apple

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.

Hourglass

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.

Pear

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.

Rectangle

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.

SUN. SWIM. STYLE.

Whether you’ve been scouring the internet for a stunning swimsuit for months, are looking to reimagine a staple one-piece, or have avoided thinking about swimsuits completely, swimsuit season is here in Texas.

When you live in a city that is as water friendly as Austin, you need to be prepared at a moment’s notice to cool off in style. Swimsuit shopping can be tiresome. We’re always happy to help you shop. For now, let’s focus on the dressing: how to style the outfits that go over those swimsuits.

If you and some friends are headed out to Lake Travis, comfort is key! Chances are your clothes will get soaked, so don’t wearing something that is too delicate. Cut off shorts, a fun graphic tee, strappy sandals, and a pair of mod sunglasses are all you need to look fantastic and carefree before and after you’ve been on the boat.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you are going out on the lake.

Headed to the beach? Keep it light. A kimono and flip flops are easy breezy in the sand.  You’ll be in the sun and wind all day, so don’t underestimate the value of coverage -- grab a hat and your favorite sunnies to make a statement.

Emily Blanco exhibits an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you are headed to the beach.

If you’re day-tripping with some friends out to Hamilton Pool or in the Greenbelt, choose a sporty, billowy dress that pairs well with light weight sneakers. Since there is a little bit of a hike to get to these spots, this will protect your feet while still staying stylish. Complete the look with a patterned tote and bold beach towel.

Emily Blanco displays an outfit styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is perfect if you're planning on day-tripping.

Staying poolside for brunch this Sunday? Grab that romper! Keep it playful and sassy with a wedge and huge hoop earrings. Now, enjoy a mimosa knowing that you are rocking that look.


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend her snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems.

Now I would love to hear from you! Will you be rocking any of these looks on a future spring or summer vacation? Leave a comment below a tell me which were your favorites!