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THE MOST FLATTERING SWIMWEAR FOR PEAR SHAPES AND BOTTOM HEAVY WOMEN

​If you’re pear shaped, shopping for swimwear can be a real struggle. Swimsuits are often too tight on the bottom half if they fit you on the top, and bikinis sometimes make you look more bottom heavy. But after spending the past 12 years shopping for women of all shapes and sizes, I know exactly which bikinis and swimsuits will flatter a pear shape beautifully!

This post shares:

9 tips to help you shop for swimwear that fits and flatter a pear shape

And it shares 10 bikinis and swimsuits that will fit and flatter a pear shape so you stop feeling self conscious about your hips and thighs, and enjoy being at the beach!

The best swimwear for pear shapes

HOW TO BUY SWIMWEAR THAT LOOKS GOOD ON A PEAR SHAPE

​​Shopping for swimwear as a pear shape shouldn't be depressing, there are lots of elements and styles that look great on a pear shape and once you know what they are, you'll find swimwear shopping much ​more successful!

1

​OPT FOR HIGH RISE STYLES

​​Despite what you might think, a high-waist bikini bottom can be really flattering, especially if you have a great waist (​which you do!) as the high waistline will draw highlight and draw attention to your waist (and away from your bottom half). ​I ​recommend choosing a style with a high leg as well as a high waist (like these) as this will narrow you across your hips and bottom.​  It will also make your legs look longer...so win, win!

2

​GO FOR A LITTLE LESS COVERAGE ON THE BOTTOM

​I know it's tempting to cover up, but I highly recommend trying '​cheeky' style bikini bottoms that offer a little less coverage across your bottom like this bikini​.  The reason is that full coverage can sometimes emphasis a large bottom.

3

​SHOP FOR SEPARATES SO YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH 

Separates that mix and match give you the ability to buy 2 different sizes - one for the bikini bottom, and a smaller size for the top.  They al​so give you the freedom to play around wi​th prints and colours.  Wearing a darker shade on your bottom half and a lighter, brighter shade on the top will help to balance your frame.

​4

​DON'T SHY AWAY FROM SHEER PANELS AND CUT OUTS

​Swimwear that has sheer panels or lacing up the side ​will do a great job of narrowing your frame.  I particularly like bikini bottoms that ​have gaps up the side, they help to make wide hips look a little narrower.

​5

​CHOOSE HIGH NECKS AND HALTER NECKS

High necks and halters will ​broaden your torso a little to balance your hips.

​​6

​USE PRINT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE!

​Print can minimize (vertical strips and small prints) and emphasize (horizontal strips and bold prints), so if you ​can find the right combination like this swimsuit, you can narrow your hips AND broaden your torso to create a much more balanced frame.  ​​

​​​7

​CHOOSE STYLES THAT HAVE RUFFLES ON THE TOP HALF

Ruffles are such a great way to add volume and interest to your top half, to draw the eye up and away from your bottom half, and broaden your torso to balance your hips.

​8

​​​CHOOSE ​SLEEVES ​OR ​OFF THE ​SHOULDER STYLES

Swimwear that has sleeves will help to broaden your shoulders to bring them in line with your hips.  And off the shoulder styles will do the same! They are both great if you feel bottom heavy and want to look more hourglass shaped.

​​​9

​​​​GO FOR WIDE STRAPS NOT THIN STRAPS

​​​Narrow straps always make narrow shoulders look narrower, and this will make your hips look wider.  ​By choosing bikinis or swimsuits with wide straps you'll be bale to balance your hips and look less bottom heavy.

​the most flattering swimwear for pear shapes in 2020

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