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It’s natural to feel a little self-conscious about areas of your body that you rarely show in public. For those of us who are pear-shaped, that could mean our hips, buttocks, and thighs.
But we’ve got some great tips for making the most of your fabulous figure without drawing too much attention to areas you’re not so confident about.
An off-the-shoulder swimsuit (or styles that have shoulder details like ruffles) can help balance a smaller torso with wider hips and thighs.
Plus, since pear shapes are blessed with a small waistline, swimsuits with ties/belts are a great option to show off that area. Plunging styles work well too, as do black styles at the bottom and different color/pattern styles at the top.
Another thing to watch out for? Any swimsuits that have different colored side panels can help slim down your figure.
A big no-no? Anything cut too low around the bottom and thighs – like boy shorts – which is very unflattering. Go for a medium cut in the legs as it elongates and slims the lower body.
To make your hunt a little easier, we’ve found five gorgeous one-piece swimsuits, ranging from cute off-the-shoulder styles to waist-flattering looks that will help you feel ready to go bareback.
This ultra feminine swimsuit is available for large sizes 0X/18; 1X/20; 2X/22; 3X/24; 4X/26.
And he’s also been a hit with CupShe’s customers, with comments like, “I love this suit. It’s true to size and the top is very flattering. The jade green color is unique and bright”; “excellent and feminine”; and “Very pretty! Lots of compliments!”
The off-the-shoulder style with a ruffle draws the eye up and balances your shape, and it has a flattering medium cut through the thighs and bottom. The straps are also removable and adjustable.
NB: this is the final sale price and is neither refundable nor exchangeable.
Monochromatic Plunge Wrap Swimsuit | £29.50 from Marks and Spencer
Sleek and chic – not words you normally associate with swimwear. But that M&S style is both. Not to mention flattering.
The wrap style with a side tie is a great way to show off your waist, and the plunging neckline works well for pear shapes that don’t normally have fuller busts that need lots of support.
With non-wired padded cups, you always get a little help.
Know that it’s so flattering, it sells super fast. “A beautiful style that gives you a great figure and a very comfortable fit,” said one satisfied customer, as this person stocked up on her style: “A perfect fit, very flattering. So much so that I bought two. “
Come in quickly.
With those black side panels (which one lucky buyer described as “very slimming”), this vintage-inspired look has gathers on the belly area and adjustable straps.
And for a little bust boost, it has a slight push-up effect via soft padding (no underwire though).
Available in small to extra large, it is also available in four other prints and colors.
What’s also great about it – aside from its amazing price – is that it’s pretty enough to wear by the pool or the beach, but it’s also quite practical if you like to swim or be more active on vacation.
Darya Bardot swimsuit | £49.95 at Joules
Another piece of jewelry with slimming side panels and a navy detail at the waist to highlight the area, this Joules backless swimsuit available in sizes 6 to 20.
It is lined with Power Mesh (which gives more elasticity) and, for a little more support, it has soft molded cups.
As well as that stunning emerald green color with navy blue trim, it’s also available in hot pink with orange panels. And Joules customers can’t wait to let it loose on the beach.
“Absolutely stunning swimsuit. Fits like a glove. Can’t wait to wear it on vacation,” one commented, while another said, “Flattering style and color, j love it! Can’t wait to wear it on my next vacation.”
FYI: Joules is currently 25% off select products – use HOORAY25 at checkout to get this swimsuit for £37.46.
Another affordable option from online-only retailer, CupShe, this swimsuit ticks so many boxes for pear shapes.
There are ruffles around the chest to grab attention and balance out the wider hips/bottoms; a plunging neckline; and a tie to enhance your beautiful waist.
It’s currently available in sizes 6-14 – but at this price it might not be around for long.
It has removable padding in the bust area, and the brand says it offers medium coverage around the bottom (just a FYI: some CupShe swimsuits can be cut a little higher than you think).
Customers love it too, with the majority complimenting the fit. “I buy my bathing suits from here, because they fit well,” enthuses one, while another clearly orders a few models, saying “They all fit perfectly!”
Remember, however, that this is the final sale price and is not refundable or exchangeable.
Want more swimsuit suggestions? We’ve also rounded up the best tummy control swimsuits and support swimsuits for large busts.