What bikini should I wear?

Hello sunshine! So you want to know which bikini you should wear? You’re in the right place. We can help. The hunt for the perfect piece of swimwear can be a challenging one. You’re looking for something that will flatter your figure and make you feel comfortable. Strangely, that may mean leaving your comfort zone! Consider your body and read on!

We are all made wonderfully different from each other and we’ve got areas we’d like to flaunt and areas we would like to hide. Swimsuits and bikinis can do just that, show off some parts and hide others. This guide gives you an idea of which shapes are good for you. Also we cover body parts separately towards the end. This is handy if you are putting together your own bikini with our Mix&Match series.

If you want to know what the different types of swimwear garments are, from a tankini to hipster bottoms, check out our guide here. Do you want to know which swimwear suits your figure immediately, check out our bikini helper!

Discover what bikini you should wear!

Bikini for apple shape
Bikini for pear shape
Bikini for inverted triangle shape
Bikini for hourglass shape
Bikini for straight shape
Bikini for broad shoulders
Bikini for small shoulders
Bikini for broad hips
Bikini for small hips
Bikini for big bust
Bikini for small bust
Bikini for big bottom
Bikini for small bottom
Swimsuit or bikini?
Other tips
Conclusion

Introducing different body shapes

So it’s time to talk body shapes. This will give you a clear idea about which garments will look best on your body. So take a good look in the mirror and let’s get down to business.

Bikini for apple shape

The apple body has:
Wide shoulders, large bust, less defined waist and narrower hips. Sometimes slim legs.

 

What to look for:
Swimsuits and bikinis that give you a waist, designs that accentuate your cleavage and your gorgeous slim legs. Remember to go for suits with support for your chest. Stick to V-neck suits like a halter neck style which is flattering and draws attention upwards and away from your waist.

Yes, you can still wear bikinis! Just look for bikini tops with support like our Eleonore 21 halter neck bikini. This form will support and flatter your cleavage with beautiful wrap details and built-in foam cups. To disguise a wider waist, there are several things you can do. Gatherings at the side or middle, or a tankini will help. See our Kensi and our MM Femme 21 tankinis that have both gatherings and gorgeous prints. Consider darker colours like navy, dark red and black as these are visual slimmers.

ELEONORE 21 halter neck bikini

Eleonore 21 Ccup Push up bikini Black
Price 59.99
Color: True Black
Size
MM Madeira 21 Ccup Leopard print bandeau bikini top Black
Price 44.99
Color: True Black
Size
Kensi Tankini Pink
Price 69.99
Color: Barbapa
Size
MM Femme 21 Ccup Leopard print tankini top Black
Price 49.99
Color: True Black
Size

Bikini for pear shape

The pear body has:
Narrower shoulders, smaller chest, wider hips and larger bottom and perhaps also larger thighs. Over half of us are pears so you’re in good company.

 

What to look for:
Swimsuits and bikinis that draw attention to your upper half. So if you’re looking for a bikini, go for one with lots of top detail like our Idaho or our Horizon bikinis. Consider padding at the chest to create more curves here.

A bandeau top is perfect for a pear shape as this type of top serves to widen the upper body, check out our Kitty bandeau bikini . Avoid reaching for a hipster or a thick banded bottom as the extra fabric will draw attention downwards. Look for regular fit bottom instead.

A crop top bikini creates more width at the top to balance out your shape. Check out our gorgeous Elsa and Prank bikinis with printed text and cheeky knot details. These are the perfect summer time beach outfits.

KITTY bandeau bikini

Kitty Bandeau bikini Red
Price 49.99
Color: Clay
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Idaho Underwire bikini White
Price 49.99
Color: Seashell
Size
Horizon Halter neck bikini Green
Price 59.99
Color: Just Leaf
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Prank Crop top bikini Green
Price 59.99
Color: Salad
Size

Bikini for inverted triangle shape

The inverted triangle body has:
Broad shoulders, full cleavage, slim waist and narrow hips.

 

What to look for:
The key to finding your perfect swimsuit or bikini is looking for bust support and ways to broaden your narrow hips. Wider straps or underwire constructions will give you extra support. Draw attention away from your shoulders and to your neck by choosing a halter neck bikini top – this will look fabulous. Take a look at our Ilya bikini, which also has moulded cups for extra support. Look for high necklines with vertical straps that will help to diffuse the width of the shoulders.

Don’t go for tiny bottoms, in fact you’ll look great in a boyfriend or hipster cut with a wider leg. Look for bikini bottoms with add-ons like ruffles, ruches and ties like the bottom on our Haze bikini. This will add volume below and even out your silhouette. Have fun with our Mix&Match range.

A good tip for an inverted triangle would be wearing a solid colour at the top and a printed bottom below which will serve to even out your torso. You could try our MM Fun wire bikini top with our MM Juliana bikini bottom.

ILYA underwire bikini

Ilya Underwire bikini Green
Price 49.99
Color
Size
Haze Triangle bikini Pink
Price 54.99
Color: First Crush
Size
MM Fun Ccup Underwire bikini top Green
Price 34.99
Color: Balance
Size
MM Juliana Hipster bikini bottom Pink
Price 29.99
Color
Size

Bikini for hourglass shape

The hourglass body has:
Big bust, narrow waist and wider hips. Your shoulders and waist are about the same width. You’re pretty symmetrical really.

 

What to look for:
So let’s highlight those assets and show off that waist. The hourglass has a lot to choose from. Sweetheart necklines and halter necks will flatter your shape and offer support. Check out our Music bikini or the fabulous Admirer 21– both would look good on you.

Because you’re naturally curvy you can also carry off a bandeau bikini. Look at our Alice bandeau bikini. Don’t shy away from prints and bright colours, your body shape can handle it. When it comes to bikini bottoms, try shapes with smaller sides that will refine your hips and highlight your natural curves like our MM Hilly bikini bottoms. A high waist bikini bottom like our MM Samae will also look amazing.

ADMIRER 21 halter neck bikini

Admirer 21 Ccup Halter neck bikini Black
Price 54.99
Color: True Black
Size
Music Halter neck bikini Red
Price 54.99
Color: Clay
Size
Alice High waisted bandeau bikini Red
Price 54.99
Color: Clay
Size
MM Hilly Bikini bottom Green
Price 29.99
Color: Balance
Size

Bikini for straight shape

The straight body has:
Your shoulders, waist and hips don’t vary much in width. Straight body types tend to have a naturally flatter stomach, smaller bust and smaller bottom. Like the name, ruler-shaped bodies are fairly straight throughout.

 

What to look for:
The key is to enhance the curves that you do have. You can do this with an exaggerated sweetheart neckline, ruched fabric at the waist or a graphic print. These can all help to add some curve to your body.

Suits with less coverage help to create the illusion of a shapelier figure. You can have a lot of fun with bikinis. Look for tops and bottoms with bold prints, ruffles and embellishments. Check out the fabulous print and ruched sides on the Missie triangle bikini. Or the sweetheart neckline of the Lanai bikini.

Another great bikini for you would be the Hype bikini with it’s beautiful ruffled neck-line. Remember don’t go for straight-across bandeaus, boxy bottoms or shapeless full-pieces, as this will only enhance your athletic silhouette.

The smaller the swimsuit bottom, the fuller and curvier your bottom will appear. Look for bottoms with ties that enhance your waist like the MM Mia bikini bottom.

HYPE triangle bikini

Hype Triangle bikini Green
Price 59.99
Color: Just Leaf
Size
Missie Zebra print triangle bikini Green
Price 54.99
Color
Size
Lanai Triangle bikini Yellow
Price 59.99
Color: Sun Rays
Size
MM Mia Leopard print bikini bottom Black
Price 29.99
Color: True Black
Size

How to best dress your unique features

We’ve covered the basic body types. They were apple, pear, inverted triangle, hourglass and straight. But we don’t always fall clearly into one category. So here we also have added some tips on how to dress specific features like a big bottom or a small chest. Use these tips in combination with our Mix&Match series to create your perfect bikini.

Bikini for broad shoulders

It’s time to play with proportions. If you have wide shoulders, asymmetrical bikinis will help to break up the width and we have the perfect one for you, the Sanne bikini, with one wide and double shoulder strap. Try wide straps that also help to diffuse the width. Halter necks are also a great way to draw the attention away from your shoulders, towards the neck and cleavage! Take a look at our MM Kano and the MM Janeiro.

Bikini for small shoulders

To make narrow shoulders look broader, the trick is to create a horizontal line near the shoulders. Our Alice bandeau bikini is made up of a horizontal stripe, which helps to create the illusion of more width. A crop top bikini can also help create more width at the top to balance out your shape. Our Elsa and Prank crop top bikinis are on trend this season with printed text mixed with cute detailing.

Sanne Halter neck bikini Red
Price 59.99
Color
Size
MM Kano Ccup Push up bikini top Pink
Price 39.99
Color: First Crush
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Elsa Crop top bikini Yellow
Price 59.99
Color
Size
Prank Crop top bikini Green
Price 59.99
Color: Salad
Size

Bikini for broad hips

There’s a celebration of the wider hips going on right now! So which bikini do you choose to bring out the best in those curves? Look for a seamless bottom. Cheeky and high leg styles will help to lengthen your legs like our MM Fusions, which has a cheeky style with a clean finish. Go for solid and dark colours or a vertical print to make your bottom look narrower like our Rosalie bandeau bikini.

Bikini for small hips

To give a little extra width to small hips, it’s all about adding details. Look for bottoms like our MM Dynamic and the MM Hilly, which have cute ties at the sides. Also bottoms with ruched sides are an excellent choice for the narrower hipped, like our Haze bikini. Try wearing printed bottoms and you can definitely also go for a wider sides like our fabulous hipster style MM Juliana.

MM Fusions Cheeky bikini bottom Green
Price 27.99
Color: Balance
Size
Rosalie Bandeau bikini Red
Price 44.99
Color: Clay
Size
MM Dynamic Bikini bottom Red
Price 29.99
Color: Clay
Size
MM Juliana Hipster bikini bottom Pink
Price 29.99
Color
Size

Bikini for big bust

For the girls with more on top, look for our larger cup sizes and bikinis with underwire support. Have a look at our Pousada 21 bandeau bikini. This gorgeous two piece can be worn in many ways and features a fabulous print and has removable moulded foam cups. The beautiful Merryl bikini has moulded cups while also having wider straps that flatter and support your chest.

Bikini for small bust

Take advantage of the fact that you don’t need a swimsuit or bikini with lots of support. You will rock in a classic string bikini. Check out our Ilona or River triangle bikinis. To create the look of fuller cleavage, look for padded bikinis and swimsuits. In this summer’s collection lots of our bikinis have foam cups and most are removable. You can also choose to go for a bikini top or swimsuit with ruffles and ties, like our Idaho bikini, helping create more volume on your top half.

Pousada 21 Bcup Floral bandeau bikini Black
Price 54.99
Color: True Black
Size
Merryl Bcup Underwire bikini Red
Price 59.99
Color: Clay
Size
Ilona Triangle bikini Black
Price 49.99
Color: True Black
Size
River Triangle bikini Green
Price 54.99
Color: Salad
Size

Bikini for big bottom

If you have a full bottom, you want to cover it enough that you don’t feel uncomfortable. Look for swimsuits and bikinis with a solid colour at the bottom and printed tops which will help to balance out your silhouette.

Bikini for small bottom

Here’s where all those ruffles and bows come in handy. These extra details create the illusion of a rounder bottom. Go for bikini bottoms with bright colour and prints and remember to show a little cheek. Check out our MM Dynamic and our MM Nala.

Swimsuit or bikini?

Which should you choose? Well, when choosing between a one-piece or a bikini, there are two things to consider. The first is what you’re going to go doing in your bikini or swimsuit and the second is how you feel about bearing your midriff while doing what you’re doing! If you are planning to be doing a lot of swimming or jumping into the water from a height, then a swimsuit is the most practical choice.

A swimsuit also covers the stomach, which is handy if you haven’t started your abs training yet. Check out our Alexia and our Puck swimsuits. If you do prefer a bikini for your summer, then look for a higher neck and more support. Check out our Amelie bikini and the Jill bikini.

We also have a range of SUP pieces, which don’t have to be used for just supping or surfing. These sporty pieces are flattering and functional with stretch and support where you need it. Check out our Boas and Melan bikinis or the Ally sup suit. The bikini is obviously also a good choice for a tan. Look for a bandeau bikini for the best tan, like our fabulous velvet Latin  bandeau bikini.

ALEXIA swimsuit

Alexia Swimsuit Black
Price 49.99
Color: True Black
Size
Puck Swimsuit Green
Price 49.99
Color: Balance
Size
Boas Surf bikini Green
Price 49.99
Color: Balance
Size
Melan Surf bikini Pink
Price 59.99
Color: First Crush
Size

Other tips

  • A tummy can be easily be concealed with fabric ruching. Check out our MM Femme 21 tankini.
  • If you have large thighs, look for a wider leg and hipster cut like in our MM Jay bikini bottom.
  • Remember we’ve got a range of rash guards if you want to protect your skin from those rays. Featuring SPF 50, our rash guards provide stylish protection. Check out the Noah rash guard, which is also PFC-free.
MM FEMME 21 tankini top | MM FACETS 21 bikini bottom

Conclusion

We hope this guide has helped you answer the question ‘what bikini should I wear?’. We’ve talked fruit, from apples to pears. Don’t forget the inverted triangle, straight and the hourglass shape. We’ve also honed in on specific areas of the body and how to dress them. We hope this helps you find your summer’s perfect swimsuit or bikini. Dare to try something new and have fun putting together your beach look with Protest.