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Everyone's body comes with its own beautiful story. Every bump, scar, and curve makes us uniquely ourselves. So, it's only natural we want to show off our stunning stories with a bathing suit to match.
However, our bodies don't come with instruction manuals. And with so many prevalent fashion and bikini trends, it can feel tricky to know whether we're giving our bodies the right chance to shine. Luckily, we've compiled our own comprehensive manual to discover the best bikinis for curvy bodies.
Bring out the best in your body, curves, and all.
If you've ever slipped into an ill-fitting bikini, you may feel quick to judge your curves rather than the suit itself—one word of advice: don’t. When it comes to human anatomy, curves are as natural as breathing. What may feel unnatural to some is thinking about bikini shopping differently.
Rather than conforming to in-style trends, you should seek to put your body's needs first. When you understand your body's shape and nature, you can find ways to flatter it (and boost your confidence while doing so).
So without further ado, let's dive into some common curvy shapes and determine how you can give your body all the love it deserves.
If your upper half has more curves than your bottom half, you may align closely with the Inverted Triangle body shape. This shape is often characterized by:
The best bikinis for Inverted Triangle shapes balance the silhouette by accentuating the bottom. The main components of your dream bikini may include:
When swimsuit shopping, you should have two main objectives. First, you should aim to achieve a balanced silhouette. And perhaps most importantly, you should aspire to find a suit that imbues you with confidence.
If you identify as an Inverted Triangle, you can kill two birds with one stone with a simple top and detailed bikini bottom.
Up next, we have the yin to the Inverted Triangle’s yang. While Triangles have most of their curves up top, Pear shapes carry theirs on the bottom half of their body.
Perhaps the most common body type for women, Pears typically have:
Like Inverted Triangles, Pears can achieve a balanced look by emphasizing their less-curvy areas. Therefore, when shopping for Pear-friendly bikinis, look for suits that have:
With stylish tops and simple bottoms, any Pear can find their perfect pair—and it doesn’t stop there.
If bikinis for curvy bodies aren't enough for you, check out stunning one-pieces that offer the same showstopping effects as balanced bikinis. This One Piece Tank Lemonade has a high-leg cut and a striking square neckline to make your shoulders look as sexy as ever.
As long as we’re going with the fruit-inspired shapes, let’s move on from Pears to the juicy, delicious Apple shape. Apples tend to hold their curves throughout their body rather than being concentrated in one main area.
As a result, many Apples may experience:
Unlike the two previous body shapes, finding the swimsuit for an Apple shape is less of a balancing act. Because Apples have curves throughout their body, it's more about finding new bikini styles that create the illusion of definition without taking away from the natural beauty of the curves themselves.
With that in mind, some go-to options for Apple shapes may include:
With careful consideration, you can strut your stuff on the beach without a care. Just make sure to put on sunscreen, so you don’t turn into a Red Delicious.
As we've gone through the most universally known curvy body types, we've talked a lot about 'balance.' As far as curves are involved, this next body type already has the balanced part down.
Like Apple shapes, Hourglass figures hold their curves on both the upper and lower half of their bodies. However, those with an Hourglass also have more distinction in their mid-section, which creates a super curvy silhouette Marilyn Monroe herself would have adored.
You may have an hourglass figure if you have:
Since Hourglass figures already have striking balance throughout their bodies, they can feel free to lean into their curves and enhance them in whatever way they see fit.
You’ll likely see Hourglass figures sporting the following styles on the beach:
If you can't decide between bikinis, you could always opt for an effortlessly chic One Piece Coral Suit. With a plunging scoop neckline and a flattering high-cut bottom, you can give your curves some love and show them off to the world.
We hope our crash course on curvy bodies leaves you feeling more in touch with your own body and how you can seek to honor it. However, knowing the best bikini for a curvy body shape isn't enough. You should consider other factors when shopping to ensure you're giving your curves the special treatment they deserve.
Before starting your swimwear shopping spree, consider these additional guidelines:
With these practices in your back pocket, nothing is holding you back from discovering the perfect bikini for your beach body. The ocean's not ready for what you have in store.
Whether your curves hug you here, there, or everywhere, make sure to hug them back. Your body's a sacred, sensual space to live in, so make sure you do everything you can to show it off to the world.
Make a swimsuit statement and take up space with Gooseberry.
With our sultry Seaside Collection, you can take your curves out for a day in the sun. For quality minimalist swimwear that will kiss your curves and give you what you deserve, look no further than Gooseberry.
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