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The Best Two-Piece Swimsuits to Buy, According to Your Body Type

Check out the most flattering bikinis suited for your silhouette!
The Best Two-Piece Swimsuits to Buy, According to Your Body Type
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Check out the most flattering bikinis suited for your silhouette!

The two-piece swimsuit—almost everyone’s summer wardrobe staple but also one of the most intimidating articles of clothing. From its modest beginnings that would barely reveal a sliver of skin to the sexier, more daring version of a two piece that we all know now, this swimsuit cut has come a really long way since its conception in the 1930s.

Today, the bikini has made its way to magazine covers, runways, and every social media feed. It has evolved into many different styles and designs but the two-piece still echoes the same freedom and confidence it exuded decades ago. The idea of trying on a two-piece swimsuit may be scary for some, but hear us out. It’s all about finding the right cut for you! Based on your body type, there may be some styles that work better than the ones you’ve previously tried and decided to never wear again.

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If you’re still unsure about bikinis, here is a list of some styles you can try that might convince you to sport a two piece the next time you hit the beach.

The Best Two-Piece Swimsuit Styles to Shop, According to Body Type

BODY TYPE: HOURGLASS

Ladies with an hourglass figure have shoulders that are proportionate to their hips and a tiny waist. Get a two piece set that would allow you to boast these assets! 

1. Triangle bikini top and bottom

This classic cut would work so well on an hourglass body. Not only does it show off your shoulders and hips, it also displays your highly-coveted waist!

PHOTO BY Net-a-Porter/Fendi
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2. V-neck bikini top + High-cut bottoms

This style of top brings the attention down to your mid-section while bottoms that sit just above your hips do a really good job of showing off your figure.

PHOTO BY Helen Piece

3. Scoop neck top + High-waist bottoms

This neckline will showcase your beautiful chest area at the same time, while these bottoms will hug your figure and display your curves.

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PHOTO BY Eighth Mermaid

BODY TYPE: TRIANGLE

This body type is also called a “pear,” which means that your hips are wider than your shoulders. If you fall under this category, just remember that balance is key! Move attention from your hips and up to your upper body.

1. Square neck bikini top with sleeves + high-waist bottoms

Effortlessly make your shoulders appear wider with this type of top. It will make your body look more proportionate.

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PHOTO BY Float Swim

2. Halter bikini top + boyleg bottoms in dark colors

Pick out bottoms that hug your figure and at the same time, make your hips appear narrower than they are. Boyleg or even cycling shorts do well especially in darker hues.

PHOTO BY Helen Piece
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3. Ruffled bikini top + high waist bottoms with ruching

You can’t go wrong with pieces that have extra details up top. It draws the eyes to your shoulders in the cutest way possible!

PHOTO BY Zalora/Chase Fashion

BODY TYPE: INVERTED TRIANGLE

This body shape is basically just the opposite of a triangle. You have shoulders that are noticeably broader than your hips so you tend to appear quite top heavy. Don’t fret, though! Just like triangles, the trick is to find balance in your proportions.

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1. Halter bikini top + low rise bikini bottom

It’s no secret that halter necklines look very flattering to women with this body type. Since this top draws your shoulders inward, it allows you to flaunt your asset without any worry.

PHOTO BY Net-a-Porter/Attico

2. Deep-V bikini top + High Cut Bottoms

Try on bikini bottoms that are cut high up. It will give the illusion of wider hips and will cinch your waist, too!

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PHOTO BY Helen Piece

3. Thick-strapped bikini top + bikini skirt

Putting on a bikini with a skirt has the amazing ability to create a visual break on your heavy torso and redistribute that flare to your bottom half.

PHOTO BY Revolve/Devon Windsor
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BODY TYPE: RECTANGLE

You fall under this body type if your shoulders and hips are about the same width and your waist is not small. Even though you have an athletic frame, you can still look like a bombshell in a bikini if you know how to create curves!

1. Wrap around string bikini top + string bikini bottom

Bikinis with strings that go around your midsection were made for figures like yours. They cut in the middle of your torso giving the appearance of a smaller waist.

PHOTO BY Revolve/Tropic of C
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2. Bandeau Top + high cut bottoms

Get ready to stun people with arms and legs for days! This combo will show off your best assets as well as add more shape for your figure.

 

PHOTO BY Revolve/Beach Riot

3. Printed asymmetrical two-piece

This one-sided neckline together with the prints will make you look curvier in no time!

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PHOTO BY Revolve/Sea Folly

BODY TYPE: ROUND

This is for the ladies who have been blessed with a full bust and bum but don’t have a well-defined midsection. You may tend to put on more weight up top but as long as you know how to put emphasis on the right places, you’ll be confidently rocking a bikini the next time you go for a dip!

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1. Sweetheart neckline + High-waisted bottoms

This type of pairing will beautifully highlight your chest area but still keep you covered in the right places. The bottoms have tummy tucking features that will work to your advantage, too!

PHOTO BY HM.com

2. Scoop neck bikini top + belted high-waist bottoms

The key item here is a relatively wide belt as it will draw in your midsection and give the mirage of an hourglass figure! The prints will also help a lot in making you appear smaller.

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PHOTO BY ROXY

3. Deep-V bikini top + high waist high cut bottoms

Diagonal lines are definitely slimming! Draw in your waist a little bit more with a black deep-V top and a high cut bikini that sucks your midsection in.

PHOTO BY Asos
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BODY TYPE: DIAMOND

Diamond-bodied ladies tend to have their weight sit around their tummy and hip area but they do have slender legs and arms. Make sure to give your midsection enough coverage and flaunt those limbs, too!

1. Halter Top + ruched bottoms

The cut of this top will show off your arms while your bottoms will beautifully camouflage your tummy so that it appears flatter.

PHOTO BY Zalora/Fanatix
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2. Color-blocked bikini top + high-waisted bikini bottom

This type of bikini will help in creating the illusion of narrower hips and a tinier waist thanks to clever color-blocking.

PHOTO BY Zalora/Tommy Hilfiger

3. Tankini top + mid-rise bikini bottom

If you fall under this body shape, you may opt for this kind of two-piece swimsuit. It does a great job in hiding your tummy but still manages to make your arms and legs stand out!

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