Sometimes referred to as a Pear shape. If the width of your shoulders is narrower than your hips, and you have a sloping waist and small to average bust, then you are a Triangle, or what is commonly referred to as a Pear - like our beautiful Maria and Tracey. Look for them when you're shopping with us and you'll get an idea of the styles that work well for you.
Often this will mean that your top size is smaller than your bottom size and when it comes to swimwear, that could mean that separates are best. If you're say a 16 top and 18 bottom, then it's possible to find a one piece that will fit well, but if you have more than one size difference eg: 16 top and 20 bottom, a two piece is often a better fit option.
A plus size or midlife shape that is like a Triangle (Pear) is the Diamond. Diamonds have a rounder (often high) tummy and bottom 'out the back' with wider thighs. For many of us in midlife, our tummy area gets bigger. That's why we have included Diamond shape in our shape descriptions. Jacqui and Alison are our shining Diamonds. You can see them here.
If you're a little wider in the hips and thighs and would like to draw attention elsewhere, then these swimwear and resortwear styles are great choices. Look for features and details that lengthen your body and lift attention towards your beautiful face!
If you're shopping for swimwear, consider a darker, plain bottom with a contrasting top that really pops. Avoid boyleg cuts and opt for a slightly higher leg will help to lengthen the body. If modesty is more your thing, then think styles that will skim not cling. A cute swim dress that falls from the bust to just below the top of the thigh could be the ticket for you.
A retro style with a lower body is another great option. In many ways the hemline at the front is rather like the lines of the swimdress skirt. A two-piece may be your swimwear saviour if your top is a size or two different to your bottom. Tankinis are a great option if bikinis aren't for you.
A-line styles will give you the extra room in the hip you need. Crossover ruching, frills and extra details about the bust will help to give them a helping hand and give you more balanced proportions. The triangle-shaped tops are perfect for you (like the one in the main photo), keeping the focus up at the bust. An empire line cut, even better.
But if you're tempted by a bikini (and we say go for it!) then looks for styles with extra details like frills. A triangle bikini top is also a great option. Consider a printed top and a darker, plain bottom with your separates.
These same suggestions apply for clothing choices as well. Add colour, print and detailing about the bust and neckline. Accessorise like there's no tomorrow and avoid wearing tops that finish at your widest point. Have them sit higher on your hip or to above the knee. You'll love dresses that skim the hips in A-line shapes with more detail up top. Lovely long maxis are a must and look great belted high on the waist.
Now all of the above sounds great but at the end of the day, they are suggestions. We want you to feel fabulous in what ever you choose to wear. No rules girls. But if you're confused or overwhelmed or perhaps after a freshen up with what you wear then these 'guidelines' are a place to start. Then as you gain in confidence, create your own.
Enjoy your summer hipsters! You are gorgeous.
Anita and The Girls xx
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