Hi everyone, it’s Justine. Shopping for swimsuits can be tricky because it shows so much skin, right? But I really think that everyone can wear swimwear, it’s just a matter of finding one shape that suits you that works with your body and that you feel comfortable in. That should be the most important parameter. So in this video I want to give you tips for each body type: Apple, Inverted Triangle, Pear, Hourglass, Rectangle. If you don’t know which body type you are, I’ve linked a video here in the corner and in the description below, so look there. Here, from now on, I’m going to assume that you know what body type you have. You will see that I tried something new in this video It’s a new way of presenting a bikini guide. I hope you like it, and let’s start immediately with the Rectangle. This is Miss Rectangle. I’ve drawn girls like that for each one of the body types. I think it makes it easier for you guys to see the proportions in full body. I’ve exaggerated the proportions a bit, you don’t have to look exactly like that to be a rectangle, but that’s the idea. Many models are Rectangle. It depends on how lean the silhouette is, but that’s pretty much it. The waist is not as marked as in an Hourglass Miss. The bust and the hips are narrower than an Hourglass but they have similar dimensions, so it’s a quite balanced figure really. Here the strategy is to try to visually create the impression of an hourglass and we can do that with the shape of the swimsuit and or with the pattern. So here is a bathing suit I could recommend for this body. It’s a one-piece suit with bare sides. The horizontal little stripes of fabric are here to keep the bathing suit flat against your skin, against your belly, so they’re important for design, but what matters is really this shape created here. The neckline is round with a zipper, it could also be without a zipper, it could also be a v-neck, plunging neckline, or a hightop if you prefer that, you have many possible options. The important thing is this effect here created visually. On top of that I added a pattern, stripes of fabric in contrasting colour, to make sure people see that the waist seems narrower. Creates a very nice impression. You could also get that with a print, it wouldn’t have to be different panels of fabric. That’s the idea. Now, Miss Apple looks like this: the widest part in her body is the waist area and then bust and hips have similar measurements. That’s only one example, she could also have a bit wider hips, but for this purpose it doesn’t matter. I’m assuming that you want enough support for the breasts and enough coverage around the belly. So I went for a high-waisted option rather than a low-waisted one. I feel most Apple ladies would feel rather comfortable with high-waisted garments, so I did the same for swimsuits. Here is the kind of design I would suggest for this type of body. It’s two-piece swimsuit, as far as the top is concerned, it’s actually a bra because it has proper boning to support the breasts, the cups are fitted; you see different seams, that’s for proper fit, you could pad that a little bit homogeneously all over the cup, and the shoulder parts are wide enough to be comfortable. So that’s one comfortable swimsuit bra, so to speak. And then the bottom is covering enough of the hips for you to feel comfortable, and is high-waisted. I went up to the belly button, but you could go even higher than that. On top, I added drapery. That’s attracting the eye towards the side where the white ring is, and because it’s a contrasting, darker colour, it gives the impression that the bottom is actually not that high, so it minimizes everything. For good measure, I repeated this element here on the shoulder. So it gives an ensemble. A combination that looks like it belongs together. And then it’s tied knot is a fun element, playful thing, to add a bit of fun to a blue swimsuit. You could of course add patterns, but I feel like darker, solid colours work a bit better on that type of design. If you don’t like the drapery on the bottom you could add on top of the regular swimsuit, a pareo that you tie on your hips, and you can take it off when you go swimming. Works too. Then comes Miss Hourglass. She has much more difference between. Wide bust, wide hips on one side, and a thinner waist on the other side. It is a very feminine figure. It also makes it a lot harder to find clothing that fits when you have this body. So, for a day at the beach, when it comes to swimwear, I thought you would like proper support for the breasts because that’s always an issue when you have larger breasts, and you want two pieces because on a one piece bathing suit the waist wouldn’t fit again. So here’s what I would suggest: two pieces. The top is a halter top, pulls everything up, good hold behind the neck, what you see grade out at the back is a razor back. That gives you extremely good support without knitting bones under the breasts, so it’s more comfortable. And then for the bottom, I did not go for the obvious choice, which would have been a triangle bikini thing, I went for something more sporty. I love this kind of bottom because you can actually move, play, and swim in it without having to check every five seconds that nothing’s moving. So that’s one of my favourites. It works for every body type that feels comfortable in sporty swimsuits. I added little cutouts to make something that’s classy, a bit sporty, but still elegant. Our next candidate is Miss Inverted Triangle. I told you I exaggerated the proportions, so this one literally looks like an Olympic swimmer. Not all Inverted Triangle ladies look like this, that’s the extreme sporty type, but the idea is that the bust is wider than the hips and the hips are really narrow. So in terms of swimsuit strategy I wanted to visually reduce the width of the breasts, and increase the width of the hips to bring a bit of balance, and look a bit more feminine if you want to, only if you want to. So here’s what I came up with: two pieces, the top either twisted bandeau, so instead of having one horizontal line making your bust appear even wider, it’s broken in the middle, and it creates a heart shape. Then the halter crosses in front of you before going behind your neck. That attracts the attention to your centre, and away from the shoulders. So you don’t see the wide shoulders anymore. Then the bottom is a traditional Brazilian bikini, and why did I pick the traditional surfer girl bikini? Because surfer girls are trained girls. They are often Inverted Triangles. That’s the type of bikini that suits them perfectly, because it has hip effect, and adds volume to the sides with the tie knots. Perfect for you. On top of that I added a light print, but that’s optional. Now comes Miss Pear. That’s the most common body type on a woman worldwide, and Pear ladies have hips as their widest body part. I often hear Pear ladies telling me “You know what, I have a big issue I’m even one size bigger on the pants than I am on the tops and shirts.” In terms of swimwear, that’s no problem at all, because you can buy the top and the bottom separately. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. And the strategy overall is to attract the attention onto the bust, away from your hips if you don’t feel comfortable showing your hips. Here’s what I came up with: the bottom is covering the hips enough for it to be comfortable. It is black, because black is slimming. No print, very simple. All the drama is happening at the top. So this is a bandeau, horizontal impression, widens the bust area, and I added here this braided yellow thing, it could also be metal, it could be a different material. I added something happening on the chest, so there is a lot going on at the top, and the attention is attracted to that area. If you want to add even more to the top, you could wear something that has embellishments, fringes, ruffles, big ruffles, different textures, anything that shines, or/and moves, it’s perfect. More tips: colours, always play a role in clothing, also in swimwear. Remember that black is slimming, purple is sophisticated, red is catchy, catches the eye first, neon colours look great when you are super tanned, warm undertoned. I’ve done a video on what colours mean, I’ll link it here and in the description below, you can have a look at that one later, too. Then on prints: prints always attract the eye more than a solid colour. So if you want people to look at your breasts, because you like them–it’s swimwear, that’s fine– then top should have a print, and the bottom should have a solid colour. Visa versa, if you like your bum, and you want people to look at that part, then the print should be on your bottom. If a part of your body is not symmetrical with the rest, for instance, if you had breast surgery at some point, or a child, or an operation somewhere, think of a top that looks like a bralette, going down below the breasts, but tight, with boning, with padding in the cups, properly fitted. You can take a zipper, it fits better, and gives you proper support, and that’s what you need. On top of those general tips, if you need more inspiration, more alternatives, I’ll link examples of swimsuits below for each body type, have a look there. Everything I said in this video is can, not must. If you’re a pear, you love your hips, show your hips.Then switch bikini bottoms with Miss Inverted Triangle. And so on. I hope you enjoyed this video, I hope you liked me showing that drawn version, I think it’s easier than showing it on pictures of people or on myself, because I only have one body type. If you enjoyed that, a thumbs up. Thank you so much, I’ll see you Wednesday and Sunday again. And until next time, happy swimsuit shopping. Bye bye.

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Dennis Veasley

50 thoughts on “How to find the perfect bikini/swimsuit for your body type | BIKINI GUIDE | Justine Leconte”

  1. I have checked all the links in the description & corrected those that didn't work. I tried to find a good mix of one-piece vs. two-piece options so you get more inspiration. Sometimes I found a top that works but the bottom wasn't right for the body type so I left it out. It is often easier to find the right combination if you buy the top and the bottom separately 😉

  2. maan i'm totally late to the party since it's already two years ago that you posted this. Generally find your videos really helpful but I just have to say that I would NEVER ever put anything low waist on someone with an hourglass shape UNLESS the person was really fit/skinny or had a low hip bone. I'm an hourglass but my hipbone goes high up so anything low waist actually makes me look chubby cause it accentuates my STOMACH and not my waist.

  3. Justine, your videos are amazing. I could spend all day having a “Justine-athon”. Thank you for sharing your talent, and much success to you!

  4. I like how you illustrated the body types. Usually all that is shown are tall slender runway models with no figure problems

  5. A lot of videos like this act like you have to wear a certain type of swimsuit if you’re a certain body type. You realized that some people may be uncomfortable but worded i5 in a way that was not insulting.

  6. the front side is never a problem to me, I want it to look good in the back and the side xd and that's always problematic lol

  7. I hate swimsuit shopping before the days when the tops and bottoms were sold separately! I’m a 34 DD on top and a small on the bottom with no buttocks to speak of. It disappeared somewhere around the age of 40! 😏😳😂🤦🏻‍♀️

  8. Justine! SOS! Additional assistance required lol! I'm having trouble deciding what body type I am? Somewhere between rectangle and hourglass? I'm fairly slim and trim, smaller breasted than a typical hourglass but I still have a much more narrow waist than hips, even though my hips and bottom arent very curvy…

  9. I consider myself a little bit an apple but I don't agree with your advise. High weist bottom makes me look even shorter and rounder. I always wear low weist trousers, skirts, bikini's etc etc o

  10. I feel like my bodytype changes all the time and then I don't know what to wear -_- … I'm somewhere between hourglass and pear but put on some weight now so I bought almost the same swimsuit you recomment for apple (before even seeing this video). Oh well. It's really comfortable though!

  11. I'd like to add that white and blue patterns on a two-piece a swinsuit look very flattering for pear-shapes girls.
    I'm pear-shaped myself, and I was surprised to see that for once, I don't feel ashamed of my hips while wearing this.

  12. Thank you so much! I'm an hourglass shape and I just grabbed the suite you suggested and I love it; you are amazing!

  13. Very pronounced hourglass here, YES it is so hard to find good swimwear (and clothes in general!), oh my gosh.

  14. I usually like Justines videos but I can't say it about this one unfortunately, because I didn't like that it was assumed that every type has specific body parts they dislike. The tips for the inverted triangle and the pear were especially bad and kind of disappointing because she assumed that they want to look more a specific way. The pear specifically was looking very bad. Sorry Justine!

  15. 6:20. Have you tried wearing it or swimming with these crossed straps ?))) That's uncomfortable and impossible. Good only for drawings)))

  16. Its an interesting concept but in practice i dont think Id wear those or compliment that way of dressing to minimize flaws or “even out” the body. Ive seen people conpliment their figure well by going with what artistic lines they already have

  17. You're so cute! I love your way of being beautiful without being too concerned of it. Love your advices. Concerning body shapes, my body is really weird: I have a clepsydra shape, shoulders equal to hips, thin waste but thich thighs and short legs. I am wondering if one peace suits match this kind of body. Am also looking for latino, 80s kind of bikini and would like to know what you think about this design. I am not very sure if I should hide or accentuate the hips, I love them, however it is the lenght of my legs that wish would be longer. Do you have any tips for girls with half skinny half round body? 🙂 Thank you!

  18. I know hourglass is the “ideal” body type for most but I honestly wish I was pear shaped. I ALWAYS have to struggle to bring any outfit together and especially with tops. I sew but it’s extra time and money. I used to wear a lot of baggy/loose fitted tops until late HS when I started to learn how to dress myself better without having to resort to tight shirts to fit. Chest that always fluctuates between 38DDD- 40DDD with fluctuating waist of 29-35 & idk about hips they’re just wider. I’m definitely somewhat happy with my body but other times I just wish I could take off my tiddies for a day or two

  19. thank you so much!!

    for hourglassie's who likes high-waisted clothes-

    h&m has a high waisted bikini buttom that has sorta strings in x's on the side so you can adjust it more on the waist 🙂

  20. Not sure why but I really like pear shapes cause I feel like they often look cute. I am an inverted triangle I think because my hips are a bit smaller than my shoulders and I have a big bust. Not sure tho what do u think?

  21. I like this video because it shows recommendations based on different body types and the explanations are done so well-like the paper doll outfits. I think not everyone has the same aesthetic goals though. Some of the recommendations made are assuming the person wants to hide their hips and bottom but not everyone wants that. Depends on what type of look you are going for and comfort levels.

  22. its weird for me bc… im a pear bc my butt and hips are larger, but then my shoulders are also broad. however, my boobs are small so i'm not really an hourglass + my shoulders aren't super broad LOL

  23. Question, I have a slight pear, more hourglass but I have really short shoulders, do you have a suggestion with adjustable straps?

  24. Loved that you explained with drawings! Sometimes, no matter how well one explains, it's still difficult to understand.

  25. These are good for your private swimming pools. Why women wear swim suits at the beach? Are they swimming there? They are sun bathing. Exposing themselves. They don't realize they are welcoming skin cancer. More than 15 minutes in the sun is not good for you.

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