How to Choose the Most Flattering Swimwear for Your Figure

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How to Choose the Most Flattering Swimwear for Your Figure

Many women dread having to buy new swimwear for the summer. Swimwear can be very unforgiving, and choosing the wrong type of swimwear for your body could accentuate certain features that you would rather hide. Taking the time to evaluate your body type and the different types of swimsuits available helps you in your search for swimwear that is the most flattering for your figure. Whether you are shopping for a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit, you should look for swimsuits that highlight your best features, draw attention away from the least favourite parts of your body, and boost your self-confidence, whether you are on the beach or lounging by the pool. For the largest selection of swimwear at the most reasonable prices, consider starting your search on eBay.

What Is the Swimsuit For?

The first step in choosing swimwear is determining its purpose. No matter what body type you have, the swimsuit should be appropriate for the activities you plan to do in the swimsuit. If you are swimming laps in a pool or surfing, then a string bikini is not a practical option. The movement of the body in the water is sure to undo the bikini. Additionally, the fabric used to make the suit should be able to stand up to prolonged exposure to chlorine and water. Nylon and Lycra are the best materials for athletic or fitness swimsuits. On the other hand, if you are sunbathing, then full-coverage swimwear may leave unsightly tan lines. Be sure to carefully consider what activities you plan to use the swimsuit for before heading to the shops so that you can select the appropriate style of swimwear.

Identify Your Body Type

The next step in finding the right swimsuit for your needs is determining your body type. This refers to your overall body shape, which is dictated by how your body weight is distributed around your frame. To determine your body shape, you need to measure your hips, waist, and bust. The table below describes the four main body shapes.

Body Type



Most of the weight is carried in the hips; the hips are much wider than both the waist and the bust


Waist is much wider than the hips; waist is nearly as wide as the bust or equally as wide as the bust


Waist is narrower than the hips and bust, which are about the same size


Waist, hips, and bust are all about the same size; commonly seen in slender figures

While bodies come in all shapes and sizes, the four body types mentioned above are the most common. Because bodies are shaped differently, it is important that you choose a swimsuit to accommodate your particular shape.

Choose the Style that Flatters Your Body Type

A number of swimsuit styles are available, and not all of them are appropriate for all body types. Once you have determined the shape of your body, you should check which designs and styles are best suited for you. You can then choose the style that you like the best.


If you have a pear shape, the you want to draw attention away from the hips and toward the bust. This helps to even out your figure. Choose a one-piece swimsuit that has an empire waistline to draw the eyes up. If you want a two-piece swimsuit, choose a bandeau top. These tops make the bust seam wider so that your pear shape looks more like an hourglass shape.


For the apple shape, choose a swimsuit that separates your midsection from your chest. One with an empire waist draws the eyes up and away from your stomach. Likewise, the top should be cut with a V-neck to draw attention up as well. You should choose shirred, tiered, or draped fabrics to hide your midsection without highlighting other features.


If you have an hourglass shape, then you can get away with wearing just about any style that you like. Your biggest concern is making sure that you are comfortable and have enough support for your chest. Choose swimsuits that have underwire or thick straps to ensure that your chest is properly supported. Bandeau and halter tops both provide support while emphasising your curves.


If you have a thin or straight figure, then you likely want to create the illusion of curves. You can do this with a monokini. The cut out sides of the bathing suit hide the straightness of your figure while adding volume to your bust. Choosing ruffled fabrics for the top and bottom also draws attention to your chest and hips, while bringing in your waist for a curvier look.

Select the Right Colour and Pattern

If you have areas of your body that you want to highlight or hide, then you do this with the choice of fabric colour and pattern. If you are purchasing a two-piece swimsuit, then you can mix and match the tops and bottoms to best suit your figure. Drawing attention to the bust and away from wide hips is as simple as choosing the appropriate top.

Highlighting or Hiding Features

You can highlight your best features by choosing patterns that have bright colours or interesting patterns. For example, if you want to highlight your chest, then choose a brightly coloured bikini top to pair with a dark-coloured bottom. Rhinestones and gems also highlight a certain area while drawing attention away from other parts. In contrast, if you wish to hide a feature or downplay it, choose a solid colour. When paired with a more interesting piece, the eyes automatically move away from the solid colour to the more visually interesting piece.

Adding or Hiding Volume

You can add volume or hide volume on your body as needed to create the illusion of curves or hide curves that you already have. A woman with a small bust or hips can choose a swimsuit with ruffles in that area to make the the bust or hips look bigger. Shirred fabric helps to pull the skin in and hide volume or straighten out curves.

Colours and Skin Tones

Your complexion and skin tone should play a major role in the colours that you choose. Choosing the wrong colour can result in an unflattering appearance. Women with pale skin should choose dark colours such as black, navy, or dark purple. Women with darker skin should choose bright colours. Choosing colours that contrast with your natural complexion help to hide areas of your body that you do not like by drawing attention to the swimsuit and away from your body.

How to Buy Swimwear on eBay

Shop on eBay for a large selection and great deals on swimwear. Perform a basic search by typing keywords into the search bar on the home page. Be specific with your keywords. Perform a search for 'black monokini' rather than a search for 'swimsuit' if you want to target particular listings. If the local search engine returns a large number of result, refine them by selecting different categories and options to better match what you are looking for.

Before choosing swimwear to buy, read the description for the item. Be sure to look at photos to better see what the swimsuit looks like and what condition the swimsuit is in. Compare prices and find one that fits within your budget. Be sure to evaluate the seller's feedback rating before making your final selection.


Not all swimsuits are suited for all women. By understanding this, you can shop for swimsuits that flatter your figure and makes you feel comfortable. No matter how popular a swimsuit style is, if it does not suit your body, then it is unlikely that it will look flattering. Take the time to learn about the different types of swimwear and how they visually affect the appearance of the body to determine which style works best for you. Also, be sure to take accurate measurements of your body to determine your body type and size. Whether you are trying to highlight your chest or downplay your love handles, there is a one-piece or bikini out there to flatter your figure and make you feel comfortable all while wearing minimal clothing. To easily compare a large selection of swimwear, check out the choices available on eBay.

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