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Finding The Best Swimsuit For Your Body Type

Whether you’re an experienced athlete or just starting out with a new fitness routine, the last thing you want to worry about is how your look in a swimsuit. Every body type has its limitations and, let’s face it, no amount of working out is going to make your legs grow six inches longer or change a pear-shaped figure to an hourglass. That doesn’t mean you can’t give your natural body-type a helpful boost. Whether you’re top heavy or have an athletic build, finding the right swimsuit can make all the difference.

How confident you feel when you’re wearing your swimsuit can have a direct effect on your self-esteem and ultimately, your emotional wellbeing, so you want to find a stylish suit that flatters, shapes and enhances your body while distracting from the bits you’d rather not flaunt. The first thing to decide is which of the four basic body types best represents your body – Hourglass, Pear-Shaped, Inverted Triangle or Athletic? 

Flattering Swimsuits For Curves
Hourglass figures are curvy and tend to be characterised by having a bust equal (or very close) in measurement to the hips, often with a small, defined waist. This body shape tends to be well proportioned, so you can get away with most swimwear styles. If you’re top heavy, a halter style neckline or underwired bust will give you the extra support you need. Don’t be afraid of choosing bold colours to show off your balanced curves. If you’re an hourglass, you’re in good company: celebrities with an hourglass body shape include Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba and Kate Winslet. For a swimsuit that makes the most of your curves, try the Speedo Simply Glow printed or Aquajewel.

Pear-Shaped Perfection
On a pear-shaped body, weight tends to be carried on the lower half, normally around the hips and thighs. To balance this out, you need to choose a swimsuit that attracts focus to the upper half of your body with a fun pattern or pretty detailing. Keeping your bottom half darker with a higher cut will give the illusion of a longer, leaner leg. You can also use colour and pattern to balance your body visually – busy patterns draw attention to your top, while dark, solid colours on the bottom minimise the attention. A plunging neckline or an intricate pattern on the top half is a great way to distract from large thighs or broad hips, and choosing a swimsuit with slimming side-panelling detail will also help to narrow your silhouette. Check out fellow pears, Kim Kardashian, Shakira, Rihanna and Eva Mendes for inspiration. The Speedo Puresun swimsuit is a great choice to perfectly flatter your pear-shape.

Balancing Wide Shoulders With Slim Hips
Turn a pear upside down and you have an Inverted Triangle. This body type has a broader top half and may have a larger chest that requires extra support. Halter-style tops can be a good choice, offering support whilst providing a great cleavage too. For the best fit, look for styles that are banded around the midriff and can be tied in the back and around the neck, allowing you to adjust them to fit your body perfectly. For larger busts, having some structure, such as soft foam cups or a shelf bra can make all the difference. Straight cut bust styles, such as a classic tank, can look clean and sporty, while wide shoulder straps offer more comfort and support than thin, spaghetti straps. Try to avoid high necklines and bandeau shapes, though, or you may be in danger of sporting a uniboob!

If you have wide shoulders and slim hips, balance is once again the key word. You want to play up the bottom of your torso and minimise the top, so sporty accents at the hips such as ties, belts and added detailing will balance your silhouette. Avoid plunging V-necklines and deep halternecks, which will only make you seem broader. Famous Inverted Triangles include Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Kelly Brooke. Try the Speedo Shinedream one-piece, it will even you out beautifully.

Creating Curves for Boyish Figures
Boyish or Athletic figures tend to feature slim hips, strong broad shoulders and may have no perceivable waistline. If you’re lacking the curves of a defined waist, you can create them by wearing a one-piece suit with a high-on-the-thigh cut. A belted waistline swimsuit will give you the appearance of a nipped in waist, while a curvy seam each side of the body will also help add balance. Pretty patterns and detailing can add a more feminine touch while balancing out a more athletic frame. There’s certainly nothing boyish about Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Kate Middleton, who could all be described as Athletic body types. Try the Speedo Contorluxe,that comes in various prints to add that feminine touch.

Tummy Control Swimwear
All of the Speedo Sculpture® range is created with naturally flattering second-skin fabrics and our sculpting technology and visual design tricks are intended to slim and shape the body. You can count on support in all the right places, from slimming tummy control swimsuits that hold everything in to curve-enhancing creations. Once you find that perfect swimsuit, you’ll spend less time worrying about your body confidence and more time swimming, which can only be a good thing. And the best bit about donning a flattering new swimsuit is that the results are instant – so there’s no need to spend hours at the gym before you hit the pool!

For more confidence-boosting tips both in and out of the water, read ‘How to boost your confidence when swimming’.