The female form is a wonderfully varied creation, which is why there is no such thing as a flattering swimsuit for every body type. 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. If you’ve been blessed with a slim Rectangle body type – great. You’ve already got balanced proportions – now you just need to learn which styles and features will best bring out your feminine curves.
What is the rectangle body type ?
Rectangle body shapes have a straight silhouette, with minimal difference between waist, hip and bust measurements. There are a few other terms for the straight body shape - banana, ruler, slender - and the good news is, because bikinis are designed to enhance the curve of your bust and hips, the rectangle body is perfect for ALL bikini types! If you have a rectangle shape, you are most likely to have:
- a small bust and slim shoulders
- hips that are almost as wide as your shoulders
- small-to-average butt and bust
- not much waist definition
How to choose a bikini for an rectangle shaped body?
Because a banana shaped body is well balanced, you can wear pretty much any bikini or swimsuit, and it will look fine. However, because you have a relatively straight silhouette, it’s good to know which swimsuit styles work best for creating curvier-looking hips, waist and breasts.
Best bikini types for rectangle shaped women
One piece swimsuit
A swimsuit that’s cut high on the hips with a deep, plunging neckline is perfect for adding emphasis to smaller breasts and hips. Add a belt to make your waist look even slimmer. For the ultimate in silhouette shaping, a monokini with cut-out sides can bring the illusion of an hourglass shape to the straightest of rectangles.
If you’re blessed with a slender rectangle body shape, a skimpy triangle style top will add flattering curves to your bust, giving you a more feminine silhouette. Halter bikinis and tank tops also look fantastic on rectangle body types.
When it comes to bottoms, to get that curvy bikini body look you’re aiming to minimise your waist, and maximise your hips and butt. Classic straight-across, tie-sided bikini bottoms are ideal for emphasizing the curve of your hips. Bold patterns and colours, ruffles, frills and ruching are also perfect for adding extra volume to your hips.
Bikini types to avoid when you are rectangle body shaped
When it comes to choosing swimsuits for a straight silhouette and bathing suits that flatter small breasts, avoid square, boxy necklines, thick waistbands and boy shorts – you’re looking to add curves, not reduce them.
Besides knowing which bathing suits for body types to look for (and avoid!), you’ll also need to think about where you’ll be wearing it – in the surf, or poolside? If you’re planning on surfing, make sure you check our How to choose a Surf Bikini guide first. And remember: when it comes to swimwear, confidence is everything. With your rectangle shape, you’ve got the ideal figure for swimsuits – now flaunt it!