Characterised as figures that are more rectangular, women with boyish shapes — like model Rocky Barnes — generally have smaller hips and busts and less curves around the mid-section of their torso.
Plain one-piece: Swimsuit, $79.90, from Mango
Cut-outs create the illusion of curves, as the style lines help to draw the eye into the middle of the body.
Printed one-piece: Swimsuit, $159, from Pinksalt.
Colour-blocking is a great way of highlighting your figure. The yellow band around the middle emphasizes your waist, whilst the indigo bands going down each side of your hip gives you the illusion of a fuller hip.
Plain two-piece: Bikini set, $195, from Calvin Klein
Side-tie bows help add a bit of bulk to your hips, making them appear fuller. To balance this effect, find a top that has a deeper V-neck cut, as it helps your bust area look wider, and thereby creates an hourglass figure.
Printed two-piece: Bikini set, $390, from Tory Burch.
Smocking helps add volume to your bust and hips, which in turn, helps you look curvier.
Just like model Iskra Lawrence, pear-shaped figures generally lean towards having heavier-set hips and thighs. They also have a defined waistline that’s smaller than the bust and hip area.
Plain one-piece: Swimsuit, $460, from Everae.
Ruffles on top help draw the eyes up, and balances out your figure because it adds bulk to the upper half of your torso.
Printed one-piece: Swimsuit, $89.90, from OYSHO.
A plunging neckline creates a curvy hourglass figure, and the flash of skin balances out your hips as well.
Plain two-piece: Bikini set, $215, from Lisa Marie Fernandez at MATCHESFASHION
Off-shoulder bikini tops also help to balance out your figure, because visually, the bikini top stretches across your upper torso horizontally and creates the illusion of a wider top.
Printed two-piece: Bikini set, $54, from Mikoh at THE OUTNET.
This is really all about controlling where the eye focuses on, rather than using fashion to cheat your proportions. A printed top paired with a plain bottom divert attention upwards, which reduces attention on your hips.
Whether it’s because you bloat easily, or because you’re not comfortable revealing your midriff area, here are some ways you can dress to conceal your tummy and still look as glamorous as model/TV host Ashley Graham.
Plain one-piece: Swimsuit, $536, from Norma Kamali.
Loose drapes hide your midriff. To avoid getting swamped by fabric, find a design that allows you to cinch the waist area in, so you have a curvy, hourglass silhouette.
Printed one-piece: Swimsuit, $214, from Tory Burch.
A tie-sash helps to cinch in your tummy, so you look and feel your sexiest self no matter where you go.
Plain two-piece: Bikini set, $510, from Everae.
Lace ties allow you to toggle how much shaping you want.
Printed two-piece: Bikini set, $59.90, from H&M
High waisted bottoms help provide more coverage, whilst the vertical stripes also have some slimming effects on plus-sized figures.