Pear-shaped or boyish? Whatever your form, we’ve got the right swimwear for you… and they’re also quite flattering!

Control swimsuits have just gotten a whole lot sexier. No, they did. Think again if you thought one-pieces were too difficult to wear (words like frumpy and boxy come to mind, right?). Prepare to sail the waves with body shaping and nautical numerals.

Do you claim it’s shaped like a pear? The only thing you need to remember is to choose a style that elongates your shoulders, such as a halterneck or a sporty racerback. It’s a technique to accentuate your curves, especially if you have a pear-shaped physique. It’s all about proportion, and a halterneck will always expand your shoulders more than a triangular design, which will balance out a larger bottom half. It doesn’t end there, though; if you have a boyish figure, it works here by adding curves and emphasising a toned frame. We’re swooning over this Marysia Swim bikini, only available at Salt Resortwear. Her distinctive scalloped edge in pastel colours was initially noticed on Instagram, and we haven’t looked back since. If you do the same, you’ll have nailed it.

You Can Wear Prints

Make sure they’re of the little kind, though. The narrower the pattern, the more your least favourite part is hidden. Boom. PilyQ, a new brand at Beach Cafe, has designs with a twist. The Aztec digital print in flaming red colours (derived from Barcelona, don’t you know!) is one of our favourites. Aside from opting for a little pattern, the form is another crucial stylistic tip to remember from this one item. The athletic racer-back shape will balance off a heavier bottom half, making it the ideal but unexpected addition to your swimwear collection.

The Lingerie Brand That’s Making a Big Deal

It’s usually a good idea to go with a company that has a lingerie heritage. After all, parading around on the beach in your swimsuit is much like wearing lingerie, so you need to be comfortable. ID Sarrieri debuted in 1992 with a high-end line that included Swarovski crystals and chantilly lace. Its swimsuit collections have been stripped down to the bare essentials, allowing the cut and materials to speak for themselves. Hello, vintage corsetry and unique fabrics. We think it’s a great concept.

With that in mind, why not embrace your curves by wearing colourful, striking swimwear like the orange one below? A) the halterneck–inspired style looks wonderful on a pear-shaped woman since it broadens shoulders, which helps to balance your lower proportions; and B) the orange is completely reversible if you don’t like it. Surely this implies there’s more place in our case for heels?