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How To Choose a Bikini for Your Hourglass Body Shape

No two bodies are exactly alike, which can make it tricky for us girls to find that perfectly flattering swimsuit. So, the first step towards knowing how to look good in a bikini is which of the five general body types you belong to – our How To Choose a Bikini for Your Body Shape guide can help with that.

What Is the Hourglass Figure Body Type?

The Hourglass figure is a well-known term for the ‘classic’ feminine body shape – an evenly proportioned bust and hips, with a slimmer, well defined waist. You can still be an Hourglass, even if you’re slender. Proportionally speaking, you’ve got the perfect bikini body – have fun with it!

  • Hips and shoulders are about the same width, with a narrower waist.
  • Medium-to-large bust, in proportion to hips and butt.
  • Curvy and well-balanced figure that’s perfect for swimwear.

How So Choose a Bikini for an Hourglass Shaped Body

If you’re lucky enough to have an Hourglass figure, looking good in a bikini is easy – you just need to keep your naturally even proportions in balance. The simplest way to achieve this is to wear matching sets – mixing different bikini tops and bottoms can throw off the balance, making the process more complicated.

Best Bikini Types for Hourglass Shaped Bodies

One Piece Swimsuit

Lengthen your legs and add emphasis to your natural curves with a high cut hip and plunging neckline style. For maximum curve enhancement, go for a side-cut monokini.

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Bikini Tops

Highlight your full bust with a classic breast-enhancing triangle bikini top. If you have smaller chest, try a sexy strapless/bandeau design. If you have larger breasts, you may prefer the extra support of a halter top.

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Bikini Bottoms

When it comes to swimsuits for curvy hips, simple bottoms that cut right across the waist look great. But, if you want to enhance your natural curves even more, then add volume with ruffles and other embellishments. For the retro look, a high-waist bikini will draw the eye to your narrow waist, while flattering a round tummy.

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Bikini Types To Avoid for Hourglass Body Shape

There are no bikini types to avoid when shopping for swimsuits for an hourglass figure: the main thing to avoid is mismatched patterns, colors and styles that can throw the bikini top and bottom out of harmony.

If you’re one of the lucky few ladies to have been blessed with a classic hourglass figure – enjoy it! And remember: when it comes to looking great in swimwear, it’s way more important to have confidence than a perfect body!

And, if you’re looking for something more on the athletic swimwear side of things, make sure you check out our Expert Guide To Choosing a Surf Bikini.