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Want to make your next bikini or bathing suit really pop? Sometimes it can all come down to picking the shape, style and colour which flatters your assets the most. Since there are so many styles out there to choose from, read-up on our guide to choose the best one for you and your body shape.

The hourglass

A typical hourglass shape is defined by a cinched waist and more shapely hips and legs. Why not try a string bikini? The style will flatter both the top and lower part of your body by drawing attention to the stomach, back and legs. The strings work to elongate the legs and give the illusion of a slimmer and taller physique. Stay away from boy-shorts or larger bottoms since these will only make an hourglass look wider.

The pear

With other famous pears such as Jennifer Lopez and Eva Mendes, this body shape is widely recognised by a small chest and tiny waist which is often smaller than the hips. The key is to draw attention to the upper body by wearing embellished pieces or patterns. For bottoms, choose full briefs equipped with a string at the waist which are darker, since they will balance out your shape. Stay away from halter-neck tops which will only make the bust and upper body look smaller and less proportioned to the bottom half.

The apple

Apples are known for their full bust, undefined waist and often slimmer legs. All the weight is usually carried on the upper part of the body, mostly in the bust. Tankini’s are a great option for hiding any insecurities such as a troublesome middle section or an undefined waist. They are basically long shirts with a spaghetti-strap or a halter neck which flatters a large bust. As for a bikini bottom, choose a style with ruffles or extra material since this will draw attention to the lower half of the body such as slimmer legs. Stay away from bandeau styles which will only make the bust look more pronounced.

The ruler

This body shape is often very petite all over, and with little or no curves. Signature characteristics include a small bust, hips, legs and waist. The interesting part about the ruler is that they can wear almost any bikini or bathing suit and it will flatter their body. If you do wish to create the illusion of a curvier figure, choose a style with specific details or high-waisted bottoms which will automatically become the focal point of the entire look.

The full figure

Finally, the full figure mostly consists of a bigger bust, curvy hips with round legs and thighs. Very similar to the hourglass, although does not have quite a defined or tiny waist. Halter-neck or V-neck one pieces are a great option since they are designed to flatter a fuller figure, offer support to the bust and give the illusion of a smaller waist. Stay away from boy-shorts, and detailing such as ruffles and patterns since this will only emphasise the hips more than any other body part.

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