When choosing a swimsuit, it is best to choose one that properly fits your body and works well with your overall shape. In order to do this, you must first determine your body type as well as which areas you want to accentuate or down play. That being said, the most prevalent body shapes can be broken down into: Pear, Hourglass, Boyish, Petite, and Plus-Sized.
For those with a pear shape, choose a swimsuit that is a V-neck one piece with high cut bottoms. This will help to draw the eyes up and accentuate your top half while elongating your legs. One-shouldered swimsuits, halters, and dark bottoms are also great choices.
Boyish figures should choose a swimsuit that creates volume. Ruffles, bold or floral patterns, and angled stripes all help to create a delicate and feminine look. Also, choose bottoms that have ties on the hips. This will help to create a fuller bottom half.
Similarly to boyish frames, petite frames should choose vibrant colors and cuts that add volume. Anything with ruffles, frills, or bold designs will accomplish this. Also, choose swimsuits that have adjustable tops and bottoms so they fit your body properly
Hourglass shapes should work with their measurements. Therefore, those that are more top heavy, choose a halter that provides coverage and support to balance out your top. Those that are more bottom heavy can chose bottoms with adjustable ties or a dark color to minimize this area.
For small-busted women, choose tops that are padded, banded, or haltered to give your chest a lift. Bandeau tops make a great choice as does anything that ties behind the neck.
Plus-sized figures should choose a swimsuit that conceals but modestly shows off curves. One-piece swimsuits with supportive lining or durable fabric help to keep everything in place while sharpening the silhouette.
When it comes to choosing a swimsuit, your best bet is to know your body and to apply common sense. Remember, balance is key.