Woman surfing a longboard in her Billabong Tales From the Tropics bikini

Summer Is Coming - Choosing the Perfect Swimwear for Your Body Shape

Its Beach and Pool Time!

The days are getting longer and hotter and it's time to hit the beach or the pool in style! We encourage women to take pride in their body and rock whatever the hell they want to.  However, choosing the right swimwear that complements your body shape can boost your confidence and make you feel fabulous.

In this guide, we'll explore various styles and cuts of women's swimwear, including one-piece swimsuits, bikinis, and surfsuits. We'll also delve into the details of pant and top cuts, such as triangle, bralette, halter neck, and more, to help you find the perfect match for your unique silhouette.  In the meantime click here to see our current range of women's swimwear

Red-haired model wearing the Billabong Summer High Chloe one piece swimwear in black

  1. Hourglass Shape:

    • One Piece: Opt for a one-piece swimsuit with a belted waist to accentuate your curves.
    • Bikini: High-waisted bottoms paired with a halter neck or underwire top enhances your hourglass figure.
  2. Pear Shape:

    • One Piece: Look for a one-piece with a plunging neckline to draw attention upward, balancing your proportions.
    • Bikini: Choose bottoms with a higher cut to elongate your legs, paired with a detailed or patterned top to add volume to your bust.
    • Dair-haired model wearing the Piha Swimwear lacing one piece swimsuit in olive green colourway
  3. Apple Shape:

    • One Piece: A one-piece with rouching or shirring around the midsection creates a flattering silhouette.
    • Bikini: Opt for high-waisted bottoms with a supportive halter or tankini top to provide coverage and support.
  4. Athletic/Rectangle Shape:

    • One Piece: Monokinis with side cutouts or one-shoulder designs add curves and femininity.
    • Bikini: Choose a bandeau or triangle top with boyshorts or tie-side bottoms to create the illusion of curves.
    • For those looking for something functional and athletic most of the surf brands do an active or pro range now so you can embrace your athleticism
    • Dark-haired model wearing Billabong Tie side holiday bikini
  5. Full Bust:

    • One Piece: Look for swimsuits with built-in cups, underwire, or thick straps for ample support.
    • Bikini: Choose a bralette or underwire top paired with bottoms that offer moderate coverage.
    • MOst brands offer D/DD and E+ bikini tops in a range of sizes.  If we don't have what you are after ask us and we will endeavour to find something for you
    • Dark-haired model wearing Rip Curl Pacific Dream D-DD onepiece swimsuit
  6. Small Bust:

    • One Piece: Ruffles, embellishments, or bold patterns can add volume and create the illusion of a larger bust.
    • Bikini: Triangle tops, push-up styles, or bandeaus paired with bottoms with details like rouching or ties can enhance your bust.
    • Blonde model wearing Roxy Beach Classics one piece swimwear in anthracite new life colourway
  7. Surfsuits for Active Beach Days:

    • For those who love to catch waves, consider a surfsuit with long sleeves and a zip front for both style and sun protection.
    • These one pieces with full length arms will provide the most sun protection out of all swimsuit options available
    • Whether you like a plain block colour or a bright yardage there is something for everyone 
    • Blonde haired model wearing the Billabong Copacabana surf suit
  8. Pant and Top Cuts:

    • Pant Cuts: High-waisted, boyshorts, tie-side, full or mid cut,and cheeky cuts cater to different preferences and comfort levels.
    • Dark model wearing the Billabong Day Breaks Hike pants bikini set
    • Top Cuts: Experiment with triangle, halter neck, bandeau, bralette, and underwire tops to find what suits your style and offers the support you need.
    • Different yardages, colourways and detailing in the materials can make a big difference in how you feel in your swimwear with relation to your body shape and skin tone
    • And if you feel more comfortable wearing shorts with your swimwear then wear shorts!  Click here to find some great women's boardshorts amongst our full range of women's shorts
    • Brunette model wearing Billabong Copacabana swim shorts and bikini top

And for the days when you might get a bit chilly out there all day in your swimwear, check out our range of women's hooded towels to add to your beach bag


Finding the perfect swimsuit is all about embracing your unique body shape and feeling confident in what you wear. You will choose yourself what you feel the most confident in and what you think suits you best but we hope you've found this guide helpful.  Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of a one-piece, the playful vibes of a bikini, or the functionality of a surfsuit, there's a style and cut that's perfect for you. Dive into the season with style, and let your swimwear showcase your individuality and confidence!

Check out our current range of women's swimwear here

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