Skip to main content

How to choose the right bathing suit when you have a rectangle-shaped figure

People with rectangle or athletic bodies have shapes that resemble celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Zoe Kravitz. This body shape is characterized by having fairly uniform shoulder, bust, and hip measurements and a straight waistline instead of a curvy one. Whether you’re wearing a swimsuit or pantsuit, the key to dressing is to create balance with your bone structure and draw the eye to the features you want to accentuate. By choosing the right bathing suit for your body, you can create the illusion of curves using just designs, patterns, and cuts. Here’s how to find the best bathing suit for rectangle shapes.

Woman wearing a bathing suit with ruffles
Jonathan Borba/Unsplash

Choosing swimsuit tops

If you want to add more shape to your bust area, there are a few styles of swimsuit top that can help you achieve this goal. Choose triangular tops that offer coverage but still show a little bit of cleavage. For those who want an extra lift and support, select a balconette or push-up swimsuit top. You can also create the appearance of volume by wearing a top with ruffles or frills. These design features create more of a contrast between your bust and waist, making your figure look fuller and your waist look slimmer.

Woman wearing high-waisted bathing suit bottoms
Thought Catalog/Unsplash

Finding bikini bottoms

Certain swimsuit designs can also fill out your hips and give your booty a little boost. High-waisted bottoms are a great option for people with athletic body types. The full-coverage design enhances the volume of your hips, especially when the bottoms are in a bold color or pattern. High leg cut (also called French cut) swimsuits are another great option since they create the image of an hourglass silhouette and make your legs look longer. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can try a cheeky bikini. This style exposes more skin, making your backside look more defined.

Patterns and features to look for

You can also improve the curves of your body using guiding lines, colors, and patterns. These features can be used to attract attention to the areas you want to emphasize. Diagonal and vertical stripes help create the illusion of a slimmer waist and a longer torso. Busy patterns and bright colors can draw the eye to areas you want to highlight. Choosing a feminine floral print or a bold color can balance the straight lines of your bone structure and make you look curvier.

Woman wearing a bathing suit with cut-outs
Apostolos Vamvouras/Unsplash

Picking out one-piece suits

For women who don’t feel comfortable wearing two-piece styles, one-piece swimsuits can be just as figure-flattering. One of the best styles to look for—and one of the trendiest this season—are suits with cut-outs. Select a bathing suit with cleverly placed cut-outs on the trunk that mimics an hourglass body shape and slims the waistline. Swimsuits with adornments on the hips, like ties and laces, can have a similar impact. You should also consider trying a bathing suit with a plunging neckline. One-pieces with V-necks can draw the eye upward and boost the appearance of your bust.

Swimsuits to avoid

Some swimsuit styles are less flattering to your body shape. Of course, you can (and should) wear whatever you’re comfortable in! But, specific swimsuit designs can create unappealing lines and draw attention to features you may not want them to. With a rectangle body, it’s best to stay away from any pieces with harsh, straight lines. Avoid plain bandeau tops with straight lines. If you do want to wear a bandeau, choose one with a rounder shape. You should also stay away from boy shorts, which can flatten the curves you’re trying to create. Horizontal stripe patterns can have a similar effect. Whereas vertical, diagonal, and curved lines can make you look taller and curvier, horizontal lines do the opposite.

If you are looking for a bathing suit for an athletic build, there are plenty of options to choose from. Triangle tops and v-necklines can enhance your bust, whereas high-waisted or cheeky bottoms can do the same for your behind. For one-piece swimsuits, look for ones with strategic cut-outs. You should also use interesting adornments like ruffles, patterns, and bold colors to draw the eye and enhance your favorite features. With these helpful tips, you can find the perfect swimsuit for your unique body type.

BlissMark provides information regarding health, wellness, and beauty. The information within this article is not intended to be medical advice. Before starting any diet or exercise routine, consult your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, the United States Health & Human Services department has a free online tool that can help you locate a clinic in your area. We are not medical professionals, have not verified or vetted any programs, and in no way intend our content to be anything more than informative and inspiring.

Editors' Recommendations

Shannon Cooper
Freelance writer
Shannon Cooper has written about everything from pet care and travel to finance and plumbing in her seven years as a writer…
Good, Better, Best: We help you find the right exercise bands
exercise resistance bands best multiple

Resistance bands are having a moment.

With home workouts becoming more the norm and exercisers looking for something less costly and more flexible than trendy smart equipment, resistance bands make a lot of sense.

Read more
The best fall boots for 2021 for making you look on trend
Woman wearing black knee-high boots

Boots are the definitive shoe of autumn. They keep your feet warm as the temperature drops, and they look oh-so-cute in your apple-picking Instagram photoshoots. Some types of boots are always in style, like black leather ankle boots. But, if you want to refresh your wardrobe this season, why not shop some of the season’s biggest boot trends? These are the eight must-have fall boots of 2021 that are worth the investment.

Knee-high boots have been a wardrobe essential for a few seasons now. If you don’t have a pair already, now is the time to look for one. You can choose the timeless, simple knee-highs in a neutral shade, like black or brown. Or you can embrace this season’s trend and look for a pair with a chunky sole. Taller boot styles like these always look great with miniskirts, midis, or, for casual outings, leggings.
Chunky Chelsea boots
This fall, you can’t go wrong with a chunky sole in almost any style of boot. And while we love the chunky knee-highs, chunky Chelsea boots are fantastic for virtually any occasion. These thick-soled boots have a grungy aesthetic. To create balance in your outfit, pair the Chelsea boots with lightweight, flowy designs. Wear a floral midi dress or loose-fitting, flared pants and a stylish sweater.

Read more
10 last-minute Halloween costume ideas you can find on Pinterest
Family dressed up as ghosts for Halloween

Early fall always flies by, with the start of the school year and trying to soak in as much outdoor fun as you can before the winter arrives. And now, Halloween is nearly here! Do you have your costume picked out yet? Not to worry; Pinterest is here to help. There are so many ideas on the site that can inspire your festive outfit. Here are 10 last-minute Halloween costumes from Pinterest that you can copy with minimal effort.

When it comes to last-minute Halloween costumes, you can’t go wrong with the classics! Making a bedsheet ghost costume is as simple as undressing your bed (though you might want to wash it first). But this unique twist on the traditional ghost from Press Print Party! can take your costume to the next level. They suggest using screen material to create the eyes and mouth holes, and they even provide a printable template you can use.
It’s raining men
This adorable costume posted by Heathered Nest is based on the disco classic “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. And though it’s simple to put together, it’ll look like you’ve been planning your costume for weeks. To create this look, all you need is a rain jacket or trench coat, an umbrella, some string, and photos of your favorite male celebs.
Scooby Doo, where are you?
Scoob and the gang have been beloved and recognizable characters since the show originally aired in the late 60s. And since the characters’ outfits are so basic, they also make for great, simple Halloween costumes for adults, couples, or families. In the pin posted by Niki Demar on Twitter, you can see a couple dressed as Velma, wearing an orange turtleneck and red skirt, and Shaggy, wearing a green V-neck tee and brown pants.
Deviled egg
Who doesn’t love a punny costume? This deviled egg costume from Jennifer Priest is so funny and adorable. Making an egg shirt is simple. Get a plain white t-shirt and draw on a large yellow circle using a fabric marker or sew on a yellow fabric circle. Then, put on some devil horns and a tail. Voila, deviled egg!
Laundry basket
This laundry basket costume from Almost the Real Thing is too cute to pass up. You’ll need an old laundry basket that you or your child can fit in comfortably to create this costume. Cut out the bottom so you can stick your legs through and add straps to hold up the basket on your shoulders. Then, drape some clothing in and over the rim of the basket, and your dirty laundry costume is complete.

Read more