The Best Bikinis For Pear Shapes
Our in-house expert, the Bikini Whisperer, is back guiding readers through their trickiest swimwear questions. Today's question:
Hi Bikini Whisperer,
I'm a pear shape — I usually buy large bikini bottoms with a small top. What swimsuits are the best for my body type and are there any that I shouldn't wear?
The Bikini Whisperer responds:
It sounds like you definitely are a pear shape with a heavier bottom frame, which is totally peachy. I wouldn't refrain from any particular bikini or one-piece swimsuit — if you love it, rock it! It's all about confidence! No matter what you wear, it's the body acceptance and self-love that outweighs any slendering fashion trick. If you already got that commanding bikini babe vibe and all you want to do is accentuate your best assets, the bikini tips below will do you just fine.
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A great rule to follow: select pieces that draw focus to the upper part of the body, never the lower half. You can accomplish this with the right placement of a dominating print, color block, or embellishment — this one-piece swimsuit illustrates this clearly. Make sure to choose a print which lays on top and is broken up at the waist with a pop of color block, solid or a subtle/less busy print below.
We know vertical stripes elongate and horizontal widen, so this play of stripe placement is ideal for narrowing hips and balancing the top half. You can never go wrong with an attention-grabbing cut-out that sits on the upper torso.
And if you're feeling risqué, plunging necklines are meant for your specific body shape. They sail the eye from navel to face, taking attention away from the unbalanced bottom. Plus, a dramatic belt defines and cinches at the waist to exaggerate your womanly curves.
It's always nice to add a bit of volume where it is minimal. This studded one-piece swimsuit highlights the bust region, creating an illusion of added dimension which balances your frame.
A slimming black one-piece is never a bad idea, especially with added volume placed where it's needed the most. Look for swimwear that features 3D details like flounce, ruffles, big bows or textures in the top — it lends that instant balancing trick.
Choosing adjustable ties that sit at the hip is key. Avoid any bulges and let the tie sit nicely high at the hip, which elongates legs and narrows the body's width.
If we're playing with illusions and fit, a seamless high-waist bottom paired with an interesting bikini top that demands attention balances your frame, appearing closer to an hourglass body type. Dramatic asymmetrical cuts on top with clean lines on the bottom half do the trick.
The flirtiest way to balance a bottom-heavy frame are obvious playful motifs that sit at the bust. This peachy patch and vertical stripe combination is genius keeping the eye moving up and down rather than side to side.
Here's another way to play with patches or embroidery placements. Notice the V-neck bikini top which accentuates the breast, taking most of the attention away from your hips.