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12 Nov

The Most Flattering Suits For Hourglass Body Types

Posted by Bikini Owner in advice, bathing, bikini, body, hourglass, shape, suit, swimsuit, tips, type

Welcome to our bikini advice column, featuring the hard-earned wisdom of our very own swimsuit master, the Bikini Whisperer. Today, we hear from a woman on the hunt for a perfectly fitting bikini top — and the Bikini Whisperer has some ideas for how to handle. Looking for some advice of your own? Drop us a line!


Hi Bikini Whisperer, 

Do any particular swimsuits flatter hourglass shapes? My hips and shoulders measure about the same and I have a narrow waist — any tips on how I should best accentuate my figure?


Hey there!

You're in the lucky club, since most swimsuits will flatter your shape. That said, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you accentuate your waist even more — and your well-balanced bust and hips.

A proportional physique allows for a ton of play with prints, silhouettes, and textures — so don't be afraid to step out of your usual bikini go-tos. The key here is to accentuate your curves and waistline — never hide! Go ahead and bring out the string bikinis — like this one, below. 

swimwear for hourglass shapes

Saravah Handmade Strappy Top, $49 and Strappy Bottom, $49


Prints and patterns will create extra dimension, but you'll still want to stick to proportional prints for the top and bottom — meaning that you'd want to avoid a big, blown-up pattern up top and a tiny one below. Playing with variations in scale may have the unintended effect of making your well-proportioned body look misproportioned. 

swimwear for hourglass shapes

Nirvanic Swim Helaku Top, $75 and Hali Bottom, $75


You've got great hips, so bare 'em with the most popular one-piece shape: the high-cut. The higher the cut, the more hips you reveal, and the narrower your waist will appear. Plus, a plunging neckline and side-boob action is a match made in swimsuit heaven. 

swimwear for hourglass shapes

Slate Prism One-Piece, $108


Not ready for the trendiest one-piece? No problem. Opt for a subtler approach with mesh inserts that will still complement your hourglass shape. It's the right amount of coverage — and the peekaboo fabric details, perfectly placed on the high-hip area and cleaveage, will shape your curves. 

swimwear for hourglass shapes

Beach Joy High Neck Mesh One-Piece, $59


No other body type wears a classic triangle bikini like you can. This is your ultimate no-frills, go-to bikini silhouette. Just make sure to keep colors, prints, and textures the same for both top and bottom pieces.  

swimwear for hourglass shapes

Helen Jon String Bikini Top, $92 and String Bottom, $77


As if that narrow waistline couldn't get more attention, here comes the monokini. The middle panel follows the curves of your waist from top to bottom, giving you a sense of height. 

swimwear for hourglass shapes

Beach Joy Tangerine Yellow Crochet Monokini, $59