Beach Body Shapes

Women of the world, no two of us are the same. We all come in different shapes and sizes, and we all have our body hang-ups that tend to become a little more enhanced when it comes to hitting the beach. Admittedly, slogans like 'Get your bikini bod ready in 4 weeks' plastered all over the mags at this time of year are not the most helpful. '7 ways to get your body swimsuit ready' they say. And to this we say, no! The best way to get your body ready for the beach is to understand your shape and choose your swimwear accordingly. We've chose 6 different celebs that represent the most common body shapes, find your frame and follow our tips and tricks to flaunt that beach babe bod you've already got!

MEGAN FOX // PETITE

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With a petite frame like Megan, this means you'll be on a smaller scale all over with a barley-there bum. Be sure to choose Brazilian cut bottoms to accentuate your cute little bum, full bottoms will become overwhelming and give too much coverage. Tie sides and beaded details will help to create the illusion of a fuller figure.

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Ondademar Lok Triangle Bikini Set

KIERA KNIGHTELY // BOYISH

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A straight up straight down figure doesn't mean you can't look feminine at the beach. If like Kiera you're pretty curve-less then you have the opportunity to play around with fun prints and bright colours. Bandeaus with moulded cups work great on this figure and detailed designs create feminine fullness.

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Sofia by ViX Southwest Ruffle Bandeau Top, and Bottoms 

SHAKIRA // PEAR

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Celebrate your pear shape like Shakira, and you know her hips don't lie! Balance out your proportions by drawing the eyes to the bust with embellished tops, padded cups. bright colours and prints. Bottoms should sit comfortably,  wide bands and full cut briefs work best.

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Ondademar Rald Bandeau Bikini 

KELLY BROOK // HOURGLASS

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Ah, the old hourglass figure. It's the one we all dream of, the Marilyn Monroe of bods. Though accommodating to a big bust is not always as easy as most other figures. Try halter neck tops and thick straps, these styles will give you're chest the full support it needs whilst creating a flattering silhouette.

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Melissa Odabash Brussels Bikini 

KIRSTEN DUNST // APPLE

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Think flip band bottoms, halter necks and one-piece swimsuits. The trick is to detract from the width of your torso as apple shapes tend to be rounder in the middle. A swimsuit with cut-out sides is your best best, adding instant curves, lengthening the torso and defining the waist.

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Melissa Odabash Positano One Piece

BEYONCE // BOOTYLICOUS

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Brazilian cut bottoms are generally more flattering, however with the Beyonce figure your bum should fill out full bottoms to create the same look as Brazilian. Try to choose bottoms with a slight ruching at the top of the band, this will shape and flatter the rear. If you're feeling conscious then try bright embellished tops to draw eyes upward.

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