It’s that time of the year again—swimsuit season. And with swimwear comes a series of questions and insecurities. At Style.com/Arabia however, we choose to find what best fits our body shape—be it lingerie, fashion, or swimwear and rock it with confidence. Here, you will find the definitive handbook to purchase the perfect swimsuit for you.
Embrace Your Curves: Our Guide to the Best Swimsuits for Your Body Type
Your bottom is heavier than your top, leaving you with round hips and a narrow shoulder line like Jennifer Lopez or Beyoncé. What You Need More than anyone else, you need a bottom that fits you. If it is too small it will cut your curves; too big and it will add to them. Find a nice body hugging number that will cover most of your booty, especially towards the hips. Avoid Big prints, ruffles, and low-waisted bottoms. LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ Poppy bandeau bikini US $485; AED/SAR 1,781 www.net-a-porter.com
Your cleavage is generous, you usually need a lot of support when choosing your lingerie or swimwear, like Ahlam al Shamsi or Latifa Al Arfaoui. What You Need Molded cups or underwire bras are your best friends and will keep your bosom in place. A bra that is too small will appear very vulgar, so select the right size and preferably go for a piece with an adjustable back and straps. Avoid Triangle, bandeau, and one-pieces. DOLCE & GABBANA Printed bikini US $384; AED/SAR 1,410 www.mytheresa.com
Your size is an A or a B, which means that you don’t need support and can play with many shapes without fearing to appear improper, like Keira Knightley. What You Need In order to enhance your cleavage, you can invest in some frills, bows, embellishments, large prints, or padded bras. You can do anything really. Avoid If your chest is really small do not go for triangles or bandeaux tops unless they are slightly padded or heavily embellished. DSQUARED2 Frill bikini US $351; AED/SAR 1,289 www.farfetch.com
If your waist is larger than your hips and bust and your tummy is prominent like Khloé Kardashian’s, then you need to make sure to select fabrics that will help keep your silhouette in check. What You Need Going for a one-piece is an easy choice, just make sure that the fabric is very tight around your tummy. For two-pieces, go for high-waisted numbers that will give you a beautiful 50s silhouette. Avoid Low-cut bikinis, oversized one-piece swimsuits, and tight bikini bottoms. DOLCE & GABBANA “Sacred Heart” swimsuit US $488; AED/SAR 1,792 www.farfetch.com