Thoughts By Natalie

Finding the Right Swimsuit for Your Body Type

A NOTE FROM NATALIE: The following is a guest post from my friend and fellow San Diego blogger Conni Jespersen of Art in the Find—you know, the girl I’m always having coffee and work dates with ;) Whether you’re looking to add to your summer swimsuit collection or have some tropical vacations ahead to escape the cold later this year, Conni has you covered with tips for finding the right swimsuit for your body type. Oh, and just because we love you so much, we’re giving away a Simple Peace handwoven tote to one of you lucky readers, so be sure to scroll all the way down the bottom to see how you can win!




I have to admit, I’m not always the first gal to jump into the idea of bathing suit season because to me a bathing suit reveals waaay more of my skin than I sometimes feel comfortable bearing. That’s a personal thing…. But I’ve learned that when I choose the right bathing suit to fit my body type, I’m often much happier with myself. Also, knowing bathing suit season is upon me gives me that push I need to get my booty to the gym.

To get summer body ready, let’s begin with a quick chat about body type, shall we? We’re all shaped a bit differently. And when you’re buying something new, or looking into your closet, it’s important to make the right choices so you will buy clothes that will flatter your body type! How do you know what body type you have? Well, there are 6 common body types frequently discussed that women fit into and today I’m going to talk about 4 of the most common and show you how to figure out which body type you are.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • a tape measure,
  • pen,
  • paper, and
  • this handy body type guide

Start by measuring four main sections of your body: your shoulders, your chest, your natural waist (where your waist is the most narrow), and your hips (at their widest point). Write down those three measurements. Most likely, you will fall into one of the four categories for body type listed below:

1. Rectangle:

  • Shoulders are about the same measurement as hips
  • No well defined waistline
  • Less of a “curvy” figure
  • Shoulders are generally even in measurement to hips

The Right Bathing Suit for Your Body:

Rectangle or Boyish body type swimwear style

2. Y or Inverted Triangle:

  • You are broadest in the shoulders
  • You may have a larger bust
  • You are slimmer at the waist, hips, and thighs, in comparison to your shoulders and/or chest

The Right Bathing Suit for Your Body:

Inverted or Y body type Bathing Suit Styles

3. X or Hourglass:

  • You have a soft rounded curved waist
  • Shoulders and hips are equal or about equal in measurement
  • The smallest part of your body is your waist, which can sometimes be 10” smaller than your shoulders and hips

The Right Bathing Suit for Your Body:

Bathing Suit Hourglass body type swimsuit styles

4. A, Triangle, or Pear Body Type:

  • Your shoulders are the most narrow part of your body (the smallest measurement).
  • You have a smaller bust & waist compared to your hips
  • Your hips are most shapely or widest part of the body and
  • You have a defined waist

The Right Bathing Suit for Your Body:

A or Pear Shape Bathing Suit Styles

For more style tips for your body type, you can check out my Style Tips Pinterest Page & stop by Art in the Find where I share style & lifestyle ideas weekly!

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Swimsuit images via How to Dress Your Shape. Other photos Kevin Falk.

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  • Reply
    Debra Schramm
    August 11, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I prefer a tankini style with boy shorts.

  • Reply
    August 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I much prefer a racer back, sporty style due to the activities I typically dabble in. I have an hourglass figure with a heavier chest so the underwire is a must, so all my tops have it.

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