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Welcome back for part two of our ladies swimwear guide. Last week, we walked you through the type of swimwear that would look good on an apple or hourglass figure – and this week, our focus is on pear and rectangle body-shapes!*

Pear shape

If your hips are wider than your shoulders, you’re probably a pear shape. Dressing for this body shape is all about balance, so check out the following swimsuits to help you along:

Look 1: As pear shapes tend to be bottom heavy, balance this out by drawing as much attention to the top half of your body as possible. A plunging neckline will help you do this, as well as a two-toned swimsuit – this one from George at Asda is a delightful combination of both. At just £12, what more could you ask for?

Look 2: Sticking with the plunging theme, why not try this striped tankini set from F&F Tesco? The colourful print of this bikini will help you stand out from the crowd and the low cut bottoms won’t cut in on the thighs. Not bad for just £11, eh?

Printed Flowery Bikini

Look 3: A wrap bikini top will balance your figure, so go for something quirky like this printed bikini top and bottoms set from Primark. The Amalfi-inspired design on this bikini gives it a real quirky feel – making it look much more expensive than its £10 price tag!

Rectangle body shape

If you’re pretty much straight up and down, with your hips, waist and shoulders are all around the same width, it sounds as though you’re a rectangle body shape. The following swimsuits should flatter your athletic shape:

Orange Bikini

Look 1: Brighten up your summer with this orange space-dye bikini top and bottom set from Primark. Triangle tops like this one will help to break up the straight lines in your shape and draw attention to the curves that you do have. This set comes in at a cool £10 – can anyone say bargain?

Look 2: Frills and ruffles help to give the appearance of curves, so something like this paisley bikini top and bottoms set from Primark would make the perfect pick for the summer. Paisley is everywhere at the moment – so you’ll be bang on trend too!

Black Swimsuit

Look 3: If you’d rather cover up a bit more, why not take a look at this frilled black swimsuit from H&M? This swimsuit is the ideal one-piece for an athletic body, as the cut-out design and frill detailing will help to give the illusion of curves. At just £19.99, this swimsuit is something that you could wear time and time again!

We hope our two-part guide has given you a better idea of the types of swimwear that would suit your body type. Just remember whether you’re going abroad or embarking on a staycation – confidence is the best accessory for any beach look, so strut your stuff with pride!

*Prices correct at time of writing – 22/06/15

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