Getting some sun on the beach may be just the perfect swimsuit away. All you need is swimwear that flatters your figure. So, if you haven't yet chosen the best-fitting swimsuit, this could be just what you need. While every body is a bikini body, shopping for your body type can help you step up your fashion game. 

We've compiled a list of body types and flattering designs for you.


  • Pear Body Shape

Pear-shaped people have a curvy lower bodies, and hips and thighs that are wider than their shoulders. Consider celebs such as Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, and the sassy Meghan Trainor. And if you've seen them pull off Met Gala looks, you know you can, too. Choose swimsuits that flatter your lower body curves if you are feeling bold and daring. If not, highlighting your bust, and shoulders, or accentuating your torso would be a better choice.

Recommended pieces- Robin Piccone Charlie High Waist Bikini Bottom, Network Mystique Underwire One Piece


  • Inverted Triangle Body Shape

An inverted triangle body shape is shared by all gorgeous ladies who stand tall with broad shoulders and a more slender bottom half. It's an uncommon physique, and those who have it can choose swimsuits that draw attention to the neckline, hips, or bottom half. 

Recommended pieces-  Profile by Gottex Ocean Blues Side Slit Skirted Bottom, Simone Perele Swim Calysta Bikini Top


  • Apple Body Shape

If your silhouette has a big bust region and weight around the midriff, you have an apple body shape. Well, that means you get to pick swimsuits that show off your legs, accentuate your neckline, or have shirred details at the waistline. 

Recommended pieces- Shan Kate One Piece, Panache Anya Riva Twist Bandeau Swim Top

Three models depicting pear, inverted triangle and apple shape body type.



  • Rectangle Body Shape

The rectangle body type has an athletic look with little definition between the waist. This body type is dominated by top models such as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kate Moss. Bathing suits with asymmetrical designs or those that draw attention to the shoulders and neckline are ideal. 

Recommended pieces- Profile by Gottex Late Bloomer High Neck One Piece Swimsuit, Antigel Swim La Frida Side Tie Bikini Bottom


  • Hourglass Body Shape

Hourglass women have a well-defined, cinched waist, as well as an equally proportioned bust and hips. While most designs flatter you, you can choose to highlight your best characteristics. Supportive bikini tops, cut-out one-piece swimsuits, or bikini bottoms that show off the hips and legs can be your picks. 

Recommended pieces- Carmen Marc Valvo Bandeau Underwire Cut Out One Piece, Karla Colletto Basic Twist One Piece Swimsuit


Two models depicting rectangle and hourglass body type.


When it comes to women’s swimwear, a few tips can help you make the right choice. Here are a few to consider:

  • Polyester, nylon, elastane, spandex, and lycra are the recommended swimwear fabric types. These are easy and comfortable to wear, snag-free, and typically chlorine-resistant as well. Since many swimsuits tend to expand when wet, you must pay extra attention to the fabric type you choose. 
  • Concealing and highlighting certain body features can be tricky but not impossible. A little extra care in selecting the swimwear cut and pattern can make the difference. The key is to choose darker, solid colors to conceal problem areas and deep cuts and details to highlight your silhouette. 


With your newfound confidence and knowledge of the types of swimwear to choose and avoid, head right to the beach. 

While most of us can connect to these categories, some of us may be unaware of our body type. We suggest using a swimwear calculator for this. 

With the help of a swimsuit size calculator, you can better grasp your body type, find your body type or identify which type you are most similar to. And as for the best women’s swimwear choices, visit Town Shop and browse the newest swimwear trends!