How to choose the right swimsuit for your shape

Selecting the right swimsuit to flatter your shape can be a lot easier if you understand the basic principles of body types. Typically, female body shapes are broadly categorised into a series of characteristics and understanding which shape you are can ultimately help you to pick the type of swimming costume that will suit you best.

Here’s our guide to the five key body shapes, and swimwear suggestions
for each shape to help you look and feel your best!

Apple body types benefit from tummy-control swimsuits to smooth the midriff. Bust detailing is also a great trick for drawing the eye up the body, and empire lines also work to flatter the narrowest part of your body. Look for swimsuits with vertical lines and designs; these will help create a naturally slimming effect. The Sandon Scoopback swimsuit is a great choice for this particular body type.

Sandon Scoopback swimming costume

Classic pear shapes have neat top halves and more generous bottom halves. Choose designs, colours and details that really focus on your chest and arms, and use darker fabrics around your hips. Control swimwear is great for streamlining, especially with ruched and draped styling, and asymmetric details also draw the eye away from any problem areas. Try padded swimwear to boost your assets, we recommend the stylish Class Diva Scoopback


Vintage-style costumes also look wonderful on hourglass shapes, as do high-cut legs to create the illusion of length. Make sure your swimming costume is well fitting for extra confidence and to look your best. Hourglasses can truly flaunt their wonderful curves with control panels and cup supports – we suggest taking a look at the classic Trinity Twistback!


Rectangles are narrow and lean, so bold prints and colours are ideal and waist detailing creates curves. This body type can be adventurous with the type of swimming costume they choose. For inspiration, look at the Macmasters Scoopback or the fun styles and colours in the Zoggs Toggs range.

Class Diva Macmaster Scoopback_original_3

Triangle body shapes often have slightly larger top halves and should focus the eye away from the chest by using sweetheart and square necklines and swimsuits with support features, such as under-wired or foam bras. Try the Zen Resort Squareback for a flattering fit. Supportive swimwear can work wonders for creating a lean and sleek shape and can really give you confidence in and out of the pool. Look for broad and well-fitting straps to help give you that all-important support in the pool.

Zen Resort Squareback_original_3

Our Swimshapes range has been specially designed to flatter, enhance and support every body shape and give you real confidence in the pool.
Click here to see the full swimshapes range.

Our expert design team at Zoggs have created a varied range of women’s swimsuits for women of all shapes, including leisure swimwear, plus size swimwear, padded swimwear, supportive swimwear and high-performance swimwear.
Whatever your shape, we want to help you feel fabulous and have fun in the water!

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