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November 07, 2018 10 Comments

Finding swimwear to suit your body shape

It’s long overdue, but body diversity is in (and we couldn’t be happier!).

Whether you’re a size 6 or size 16, pear shaped or petite, we should all be embracing the skin we’re in. Confidence is the new sexy after all.

To help you suit up this Summer we’ve pulled together our top tips to finding the right swimsuit to flatter every frame. We've even hand-picked the best designer swimwear styles to suit each body shape so you too, can love the swim you're in.

Oval Body Shape (aka Apple) 

“Tummy control” is key for all the lovely apple-shaped ladies out there! If you are donning this body type, chances are you want to conceal that extra something around the lower waist area. Just because you're apple in shape doesn't mean you have to go for the Granny Smith look.

What you should look for:

One-piece swimsuits are a style of choice for apple-shaped ladies. Impactful prints, belts, frilled details on the waist, ruching, side panels, are just some of the details that can make a huge change in perception.

When it comes to bikinis on oval-shaped bodies, the goal is to separate the bust from the hips for a more defined middle part. If you decide to go for a bikini style, opt for high-waisted bottoms with built-in tummy support. The top should really lift your bust up and be the hero.

Best swimwear styles for sweet apple shaped bodies: 

Solid & Striped Anne Marie Belted One Piece

 Anne Marie Belted One Piece Solid & Striped


Peony Swimwear Sangria Crop & Hi Pant

    Peony Swimwear Sangria Bikini Top and Bottom


    Triangle Shaped Bodies (aka Pear)

    A shape fit for a queen (Bey)!  You bootylicious pear-shaped ladies are lucky enough to have seductive hips and thighs, with narrower shoulders and a waist wider than your bust.

    What you should look for:

    The main goal for a pear-shaped body is to balance out the top and bottom. With a larger lower half we're going to need to add bulk or draw the attention upwards and make the shoulders or bust standout. Steer clear of boy short style bottoms, or any other style that includes a lot of fabric on the bottom, and go for high cut bottoms that will elongate your hips.

    When it comes to tops, start embracing bold prints and colours. The more eye-catching the design is, the better. Focus on the bust, so details such as texture, frills, fringe, polka dots, and bows.

    Pear shapes are usually smaller in bust size, so don’t be afraid to balance things out with an extra boost through padded styles and full cups. Built-in bras or underwires here will be your friend as they give shape draw the attention away from the hips.

    Best swimwear styles for juicy pear shaped bodies include:

    The Peony Swimwear Sonnet Panelled Bandeau & Sonnet Staple Pant. (Image source: @sabinasocol via Instagram). Sabina looks ah-mazing in this bandeau and bikini bottom. Don't be afraid to go strapless if you're larger in the bust, the key is balance.

    peony swimwear sonnet bikini



    Montce Swim Peri Paisley Bikini Top and Paulina Tie High Waisted Bottoms


    Montce Swim Peri Paisley Bikini

    Fella Swim Casanova Top and Rick James Bottom - available in Wine, Lilac, Dusty Pink.


    Inverted Triangle Body Shape (aka Cone)

    Inverted triangle, or also known as a cone, is characterised by wide shoulders and narrow hips. You’ve got beautiful broad shoulders, but the goal here is to help bring some balance by accentuating the hips.  

    What you should look for:

    Once again, your main interest should be to achieve balanced proportions with the right swimwear style. Since the hips are the part which needs extra help, focus on the bottoms. They should add extra volume and dimension. Fabulous accessories such as belts, hoops, ruffles, embellishment, sequins, and bows are all the way to go.

    Best swimwear styles for Cone Shaped bodies: 

    The Hunza G Glitter Gloria Bikini, as seen here on Luna Sobrino. (Image source: @lunasobrino via Instagram)

     Hunza G Gloria Glitter Bikini


    Fella Swim Hunter Bikini Top & Hubert Bikini Bottoms - available in Lilac, Wine, White.




    Hunza G Nancy Swimsuit - available in Burgundy Lurex and Metallic Bronze.



      Rectangular Body Shape

      Rectangle body types should do their best to create an illusion of a smaller waist.

      Seen as a more athletic build, you have equal proportions from the top to the bottom. With the proper swimsuit, you can do wonders for an undefined waist.

      What you should look for:

      The whole point is to make shoulders and hips look a little wider and the waist smaller. This can be achieved a few ways, either by adding details to the hips and shoulders, or bringing the waist in with a belt. Look at string bikini styles with ties on the hips, V shaped bikini bottoms and high cut styles. Popular one-piece designs with hip frill details, waist cut outs or plunging necklines also work to create a feminine shape for this body shape.

      Best swimwear styles for rectangular bodies:

      Fella Swim Franco Bikini Top & Hubert Bottoms - stocked on Beach Luxe in White and Black. (Image source: @saasha_burns via Instagram)

       Feela Swim Franco Top & Chad Bottoms

      peony swimwear Berry Halter One Piece swimsuit.

      peony swimwear berry halter one piece

      SubooKaia High Waisted Bikini - available in Black and White

      Kaia Black Bralette & Belted High Waisted Bottoms


      Kaia Square Neck Bikini Top & High Waisted Belted Bottoms

      Suboo kaia White Bikini

      Hourglass Body Shapes

      To the Marilyn's of the world, you’re built for the beach, with a curvy bust, bottom, and a defined waist.

      Luscious and curvaceous is the new skinny, so be bold and don’t be afraid to proudly flaunt what you own.

      What you should look for: 

      Find a suit that properly accentuates your curves. A classic two-piece bikini or one piece that pulls in at the waist is the most flattering style for an hourglass shape.

      Don’t be afraid of daring colours and on-trend prints. You’ll always want to find tops with some extra support, especially if you have larger breasts. 

      The bottoms should be very simple, without add ons such as bows or ruffles. Those details can attract more attention to the hips, taking away from the rest of your amazing figure.

      Mid to high-waisted bikini bottoms that nip you in just below the hips are also a top pick for our hourglass ladies.

      Best swimwear styles for heavenly hourglass figures include:

      Fella Swim Dane Bandeau Top & Vincenzo Bottoms with tortoiseshell ring details - available in Lilac or Wine (pictured).


      Marysia Antibes Bikini - available in Coconut and Black.

      Or if you prefer a full piece, that deep plunge look also comes in the Dakota One Piece- a signature swimsuit by Skye & Staghorn.

      Dakota Full Piece Swimsuit Skye & Staghorn

      Or the Montce SwimBlack Ribbed Bustier& Paulina High Waisted Bikini Bottoms


      Petite Body Shapes

      Feminine and delicate, petite framed ladies are often the envy of the world. Your narrow frame can be a blessing but also a curse as you need to find styles that flatter your femininity without making you appear child-like. The good news is you have an amazing canvas to style this season and we've got just the tips to find your swimsuit style.

      What petite framed ladies should look for: 

      The key is finding a swimsuit that is delicate and feminine without being too young. Frills, bold prints, lace trims and texture can bring emphasis to your silhouette.

      If you go for frills, make sure they're in a bold colour or print so they're not too soft and girly. Interesting shapes and cuts can add some definition to your frame.

      If you're bigger in the bust, avoid a thin string bikini as this would only shrink the rest of you. Instead opt for something with structure up top.

      Similar to hourglass figures, petite ladies can enjoy adding a bit of flair to their lower half. Don't be afraid to try tie-ups, bows or ruffles bikini bottoms.

      If you're athletic yet petite, your toned body would look incredible in a textured bikini or one piece.

      Best swimwear styles for perfectly petite bodies include:

      Textured bikinis are still the trend and bandeaus with feminine details likes bows and ruching with add shape to your frame. 

       Try the Peony Swimwear Ruched Flora Bandeau and Tan Pant

      Peony Swimwear Flora Bikini


      Solid & Striped Sabrina Polka Dot Bandeau & Brooke Bottoms

      Solid & Striped Sabrina Bikini

      Hunza G Gigi Bikini - Metallic Moss, and Metallic Rust


      Hunza G Metallic Leopard Copper


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      Size Chart

      Swimwear Sizing

      The below sizes are general, and each style will have its own unique fit. Please take note of recommended cup size for tops.

      If you are unsure or in-between sizes, we recommend going up a size for all textured lycra and staying with your true size for any printed or plain lycras.

      Feel free to email hello@beachluxe.com.au and we will help you find the best style for your body shape and size.

      XS S M L
      BRA SIZE ALLOWANCE A - B B - C C - D D +
      AUS / UK 6 8 10 12
      UNITED STATES 2 4 6 8
      EUROPE 34 36 38 40

      Shoes Sizing & Conversion

      6 4 37 22.8
      7 5 38 23.6
      8 6 39 24.5
      9 7 40 25.3
      10 8 41 26.2
      11 9 42 27