BeachBums – a swimsuit shape guide

How many times do you see a swimsuit/bikini online or instore, you love the fabric, the colour and the way it looks on the model, you buy it (no dam way I’m trying that on right now with this white wintery bod) take it home and in actual fact it is probably not the best fit.  Either the bottoms are too brazilian, the top makes your chest look even flatter, or your boobs are bursting out the sides.  So too, with swimsuits we need to learn what looks best for our shape.  Some ideas and suggestions for various shapes and sizes.

Flat chested – padded tops or tops with frills and embellishments to enhance the bust.


Ruffled bikini top ASOS and Strapless padded bikini top Billabong

Big Busted – underwire bra style top to keep everything in place, opt for wider straps and avoid frills, large prints like big floral print for example, and of course, no padding.

Tankini ASOS // Two Tone Bikini ASOS

Crop Top RVCA


Flat Bottom – wear brazilian style bottoms as they will help create the illusion of shape.  Ruched bottoms are also good to enhance the shape.

Multi coloured set Maaji Bikini 

Curvaceous bottom – Make sure the bum area of your swimsuit really fits you well so you are well covered and aren’t constantly pulling out wedgies.  Opt for a full bottom in darker colours.

Black bikini ASOS Curve // Black retro high rise bikini bottom Billabong // Black swimsuit Billabong

Tummy Pouch – There are lots of options to cover tummies, mostly the swimsuits with panelling that are ruched down either side are great, you can get peplum styles which would also work depending on where your stomach is big, if it’s big all over then this wouldn’t necessarily work well.  A full swimsuit with print broken up into patchwork areas as shown below would do well to disguise extra bumps as would full swimsuits with plunging necklines, drawing the attention away from your stomach area.

Blue ruched top and bottom Zando // Wrap ruffle swimsuit Woolworths Printed swimsuit Maaji // Peplum ASOS

Love handles – high waisted bottoms to cover the lower bulging love handles.  I think these swimsuits are perfect for just that and look gorgeous at the same time. A peplum as above would also do the trick well.

Both swimsuits ASOS

Boyish shape (no curves) – swimsuits with frills, embellishments and tassels at the top and bottom will help create the illusion of a shapely figure.

Frill Bikini ASOS // Tassel swimsuit

Short torso – wear low rise bottoms or string bikinis will help lengthen the look of the torso.


Long torso, wear bottoms that come high up into the belly (very on trend now too) as are the bikini tops with a band underneath the cup, again taking away some skin. The cowlneck cuts the torso in half so also helps break it up and the high leg give the leg extra length to bring the body into proportion.  Its all about lengthening the leg and shortening the torso.


1st and 2nd image both ASOS // Striped bowie top bikini Superbalist

For those that don’t like prancing around in a swimsuit alone, soft easy to pull on and off poncho’s are such a great way of covering up without feeling too covered, they look classy and elegant too. Accessorise with a great pair of sunglasses and gorgeous hat to finish off the look perfectly.

Self Conscious Poncho


Come on Summer !!




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