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Best Swimsuit Styles for Pear-Shaped Figures

Swimwear for Pear Shapes

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When shopping for a new swimsuit, you need to consider more than the price and design. You all need to consider your body shape to find a swimsuit that flatters your figure.

Many women are considered pear-shaped with their lower body being broader than their shoulders. If you have a pear-shaped figure, you want to find swimwear that will help balance out your look -- minimizing your hips and thighs while accentuating your upper body. Here are some of the best swimsuit styles for pear-shaped women.

Colorblocked Swimsuits

Profile by Gottex Colorblocked Swimsuit
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Colorblocking is really trendy right now and if you have a pear-shaped figure, this trend is perfect for you -- as long as you pick the right colors. Since you want to minimize the lower half of your body, choose a colorblocked swimsuit that is dark on the bottom and bright or light on the top. This will draw the eye upward and help balance your upper and lower body. This Profile by Gottex colorblocked swimsuit is a fabulous choice. It features dark blue at the bottom, hot pink in the middle, and turquoise blue up top. It's on sale now at Lord & Taylor for $68.99.

Ruffled Necklines

ASSETS by Sara Blakely swimsuit
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Add some attention to your upper body by selecting a swimsuit with a ruffled neckline or other interesting accents at the shoulders or neck. Again, this style of swimsuit is ideal for pear-shaped bodies because it takes the emphasis away from your problem areas. This ASSETS by Sara Blakely swimsuit (Compare Prices) is perfect. It features a ruffled neckline and simple one-piece style. You can get it right now at Target for only $45.
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Halter Swimsuits

Spanx Halter One-Piece Swimsuit
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Halter swimsuits are always popular, year in and year out. They come in both one- and two- piece styles and often feature a deep v-neckline. The halter swimsuit is perfect when you want to accentuate your bustline, and also terrific for those ladies with a pear-shaped figure. You'll find halter swimsuits from almost every major brand and designer, and every price range. This Spanx Long & Lean halter one-piece swimsuit is a terrific selection. It features the power of Spanx shapewear to flatten your tummy, slim your hips and flatter your rear. Available in sizes 6-18, this halter swimsuit is priced at $112.99.
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One-shoulder Styles

Calvin Klein One-Shoulder Swimsuit
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The one-shoulder swimsuit, whether it's a bikini, tankini, monokini or a maillot, is a fabulous option for pear-shaped women. These swimsuits are increasing in popularity right now and range from super sexy styles to sporty types. With the one-shoulder style, everyone will be looking at your beautiful neck, shoulders and face -- and they won't even notice if you are carrying a little extra weight in your bottom half. Check out this selection of one-shoulder swimsuits in various shapes and designs to find the right one for you.

Swim Skirts and Dresses

Contour by Tessuto Swimdress
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Some women with pear-shaped figures try to camouflage their hips and thighs with a swim skirt or swimdress. This is actually a fabulous idea, but you need to make sure you pick a suit that isn't too full at the bottom. If the skirt is too flared, it will make your hips like wider than they are -- which is the opposite of what you are trying to do. This Contour by Tessuto slimming swimdress (Compare Prices) is the perfect silhouette and it can be found at Walmart in plus sizes. This swimsuit comes in four colors and is priced at just $33.

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