From hourglass to pear, find out which swimming costume is right for your body type

SWIMSUITS have been just for the garden, or maybe park, so far this year.

But now that restrictions on foreign travel have eased, many sunshine holidays are back on and online searches for swimwear are booming.

There has been a 33 per cent spike, according to fashion analyst Lyst.

While we have not been able to get out and about, celebs have been posting shots on social media of themselves sunbathing – and there is inspiration for different body shapes.

Here, Abby McHale shows you how to style your swimsuit to your shape and what to shop for now.


TAKE a walk on the wild side like Kourtney Kardashian, and try a leopard-print swimsuit.

This busy print with a low-cut neckline draws attention away from your hip area and sends eyes to the top half.

Detail on the top half of a swimsuit is always a good option for pear shapes so look out for ruffles, tassels, bows and asymmetric necklines.

Steer clear of two-toned swimsuits as they can make you look boxy and out of proportion.

Yellow floral swimsuit £55, Figleaves

Pink swimsuit, £32, Miss Selfridge

Leopard-print swimsuit, £38, River Island


BLACK swimsuits are great for those with petite frames as they elongate your torso.

Actress and former model Jenna Dewan, 39, is 5ft 2in but looks inches taller in hers.

A low-cut neckline will also help create the illusion of a longer body. If you don’t want to go all black, monochrome is a flattering option.

Zebra print swimsuit, £14, George at Asda

Black and white costume, £36, River Island

Black costume with zip detailing, £26, Dorothy Perkins


DUTCH model Doutzen Kroes, 35, left, adds some femininity to her athletic shape by wearing an asymmetric cut-out swimsuit.

From ruffles to embellishment, adding that extra touch will make the look more interesting.

Plunging v necks and belts are also good options to add some shape.

Blue patterned suit, £40, Very

Orange lace-up costume, £34.99, Bon Prix

Floral ruffle swimsuit, £12, Primark

Top heavy

IF you have a larger bust, try a bright block-colour swimsuit like Jess Wright, to add vibrancy.

V necklines will accentuate your bust and even out your proportions.

A swimsuit with zip detailing lets you show as much or as little as you want while still giving a flattering look.

Terracotta swimsuit, £45, Debenhams

Blue stripe zip suit, £18, F&F at Tesco

Blue costume, £26, Topshop


OPT for a belted swimsuit to highlight your hourglass shape just like 22-year-old influencer Jordyn Woods.

This kind of swimwear will cinch you in at the waist, making the most of your figure.

Luckily for hourglass figures, most swimsuit styles suit them as long as the costume is fitted.

Blue swimsuit, £12, Primark

Red costume, £20, F&F at Tesco

Polka dot swimming costume, £35, Accessorize


DETAILS around the waist are great for those who carry weight around the middle.

Love Islander Malin Andersson, 26, makes easy work of her apple figure by wearing a fitted swimsuit with black band in the middle, accentuating her waist.

Vertical stripes make the body appear longer too, rather than horizontal which can make you look wider.

Belted swimsuit, £16, George at Asda

Lemon print costume, £49.95, Joules

Striped costume, £25, Monki

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