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16 Cute Bikinis for Different Body Shapes


Last Friday we talked about how to choose a bathing suit for your body shape. For the second part of that article, it’s time to shop for that perfect bathing suit. I’ll help you find cute and affordable swimwear options for each of the four body types.

For this article, I’ve focused on bikinis only. Why? Because they are not only one of the most versatile swimwear styles, but they are also very classic. While the trendy monokini or tankini may go in and out of style, a cute bikini is always in style. It’s an investment that will last you at least a few summers.

Here are some of my picks for cute bikinis that will flatter your figure and won’t cost a fortune.

* Hourglass Body Shape

Ladies with hourglass body shapes can luckily pull off nearly any bikini look. Hourglass figures need to be careful of “mix and match”, though! When you have a well-proportioned body, a mismatched bikini can make you look disproportional – just what you don’t want.

Here are some cute and affordable bikinis that will flatter most hourglass figures:

Bikinis for hourglass figures

Product Information (left to right): Heart Print Bikini ($50) – TopShop, Halter Bikini Top ($12.50) and Mix-and-Match Bottom ($12.50) –, Billabong Eve Triangle Top ($42) and June Side Tie Bottom ($38) –, Cocoa Stripe Halter Top ($9.99) and Lowrider Bikini ($9.99) – Aeropostale

* Triangle Body Shape

The triangle body shape looks most balanced in styles that emphasize the top half and streamline the bottom half. Halter shapes are flattering in triangle body shapes as they create more curves up top, and boy shorts can work on the bottom for extra coverage.

Four cute bikinis for triangle-shaped girls:

Bikinis for triangle shaped or pear shaped bodies

Product Information (left to right): String Bikini Top ($12.50) and String Bikini Bottom ($12.50) –, Color Block Hipster Top ($12.50) and Color Block Hipster Bottom ($12.50) –, Billabong Isabella Top ($34.99) and Cynthia Bottom ($37.99) – Tilly’s, Rip Curl I Feel The Love Top ($37.99) and Bottom ($33.99) – Tilly’s

* Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Ladies with inverted triangle body shapes need extra support on top – that means no bandeaus, tiny triangle tops, or ultra thin fabrics! Inverted triangle shapes can also pull of skimpier bikini bottoms than most women, and should look for styles that draw attention to the bottom half while balancing out the top.

My picks for some budget-friendly bikinis for inverted triangle shapes:

Inverted triangle body shape

Product Information (left to right): Rip Curl Love N Surf Bikini Top ($30) and Bottom ($28) –, Push Up Bikini Top ($20) and Ruch Side Bikini Pant ($16) – TopShop, Underwire Bikini Top ($12.50) and Bikini Bottom ($12.50) –, Halter Bikini Top ($11.95) and Side-Tie Bottom ($11.95) – American Eagle

* Rectangular Body Shape

The rectangular body shape can sometimes look boyish, so feminine styles with ties and ruffles are essential to create extra curves and draw the eye to all the right areas. Rectangles don’t need to do the mix and match thing – matching tops and bottoms show off a proportional frame.

Here are some cute bikinis for rectangular-shaped girls:

Rectangular Body Shape Bikinis

Product Information (left to right): Plaid Pique String Bikini Top ($12.50) and Bottom ($12.50) –, Anchor Applique Bikini ($50) – TopShop, Billabong Mya Triangle Top ($39.50) and Darlene Side Tie Bottom ($38) –, Gingham Bow Pushup Bikini ($50) – TopShop

These are just some examples of adorable and flattering bikinis to get your inspiration going. There are tons of cute options out there right now, and many are even on clearance right this second! Good luck with your bikini shopping and check back soon for more on affordable summer fashion.

Posted on on June 16, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “16 Cute Bikinis for Different Body Shapes”

  1. 1
    June 16th, 2009 at 3:34 am

    How nice! I shall be looking here again when the summer times come (Its currently winter over here in oz xD )…

  2. 2
    June 16th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    but what if you dont have the body for a bikini?? cause i most definitely dont, and i would be freakishly uncomfortable in one in front of other people……

  3. 3
    June 16th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Kenz – I’ll be doing another post on non-bikini swimwear soon! Just wanted to focus on bikinis first.

  4. 4
    June 16th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    yea… i was actualy a bit disappointed by this =S because i dont have a flat stomach and toned legs and i know u dont want to have a “cover your flaws” type article.. but =D i would really prefer one!

    cuz its the fact that some ppl just dont have a hot bod!

  5. 5
    June 16th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Yeahhh, I have to agree that this was pretty disappointing. Even between catagories, they all look pretty similar in one way or another.

    I do not have a skimpy bikini bod by any standard, and even when I did have a semi-worthy one there was no way I was walking out in public in such a tiny, frilly little thong.

    Also, it’d be nice to focus one part of the article for girls that have more uptop – I can say from experience it is impossible to find any top that can hold a 36DDD who is not a plus size and can’t shop in those departments for swimwear.

  6. 6
    June 16th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    i was really looking forward in reading this article. but again…no onepiece, no tankini.. =(
    i dont have a bikini body and im really desperate to find a new swimsuit for mine and my friends’ roadtrip next week… *sigh*

  7. 7
    June 16th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Lovely bikinis, though I’m surprised you didn’t m,ention other options for covering the bttom half like skirted bottoms, or shorts. Boy-shorts I find often cover more but also excentuate to the fuller bottom area, where as skirted bottoms cover what needs to be covered without making it look larger.

  8. 8
    June 16th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    anxiously awaiting the tankini/one-piece article =)

  9. 9
    June 16th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Try everything but water, they have some cute D/DD cup tops. The only drawback is they are more expensive.

  10. 10
    June 16th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Y’all should try modbe. They typically have more modest suits (hence the name). But, they have a really great guide based on body types. And, their suits are pretty cute. Here’s the page for the ‘broad/busty body shape’ :

  11. 11
    June 16th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Lol how about for round body shapes? :) I may be your only pregnant reader, and this summer I plan on wearing a bikini and showing off my bump.

  12. 12
    June 16th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I think you’re really missing one of the best trends for summer here: the monokini!!!
    It really flatters a ton of shapes, from Paris Hilton skinny to Rihanna curvy.

    otherwise a nice article. Thank you

    love the fashion kiwi

  13. 13
    June 16th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks Hannah! I just looked on their website, and they have some super cute styles that I think I’m going to have to try on in person, the Betsey Johnson is to die for.

  14. 14
    July 29th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    This did say 16 cute BIKINIS. So quit complaining that there was no tankinis or one pieces. Read the title of the article…………

  15. 15
    October 12th, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I loved this article =) i found it very helpful and I selected some new bikinis following the outlines for my body shape. not only that but some of the bikinis pictured were VERY cute and I went out and tried to find similar ones.
    <3 Peace and love.

  16. 16
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    it makes you look a lot smaller, and hour glass shaped if you have a bikini bottom that has something going on, on the outside, like fringes or frill. I have a white bikini with a yellow lining. And at the top it has the fringe on the outside of the bikini, so it brings in my waist and makes me look smaller. i love it! if only my boobs wernt so big and i didnt get a small top =[. btw im 15. lol

  17. 17
    March 19th, 2010 at 7:38 pm


  18. 18
    March 24th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’m naturally skinny, and am a boyish shape (rectangular?). I really want to get a halter top bikini, but does that suite my body shape ?

  19. 19
    May 13th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    cool. i have a skinny, boy shaped body and i usually go for either super skimpy string bikinis or athletic-style swim two-pieces. guess ill have to try something girlier and maybe with a push-up top?

  20. 20
    May 19th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    i agree with girl. stop complaining. it 16 cute bikinis. soooo that wat its going to be get over it

  21. 21
    June 10th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    i think the bikins are cute i just wish they had bottoms to them

  22. 22
    July 24th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    wow.. beautiful pick!! love the string bikini by old navy :)

  23. 23
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    i’v ben lookin @ bikini’s b cus im a thick girl n jus lookin @ other females tht r n shape jus mkes me want 2 get n shape b 4 the summer so i’v ben workin out and eating healthier such as slim fast fruit veggies and i stil eat sum regular things b cus i no im not gonna b on a diet 4 the rest of mi life..!! but im really dedicating miself 2 gettin n shape so wish me luck :)….

  24. 24
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I have never been able to find a swimsuit that looks good on me.

    I am a large girl; not fat but wide and I have gigantic breasts (they don’t even fit in a L + XL are super hard to find). I hate my breasts and I can never find something that covers them completely.

    It has been a life long dilema. At 22 I do not know what to wear a 2 piece is.

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