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Banana Shaped WomanIt's no wonder that what we once referred to as a boyish physique is now called banana-shaped; it doesn't seem appropriate to refer to the world's top models as boyish. Nor does boyish describe Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Kiera Knightly or Penelope Cruz.

If you are banana-shaped, you're in good company. A 2005 study at North Carolina State University said that about 47% of us are banana-shaped which technically means our waist is less than 9" smaller than our bust or hips.

The secret to looking great in swimwear is to accentuate your curves by visually making your waist appear smaller and your hips and bust larger in comparison.

Here are some tips to help you shine at the beach or pool this season.


Tara Grinna 305When it comes to one-piece suits, look for styles that visually make your waist appear smaller.

The cutouts in styles like the Tara Grinna One Piece High Neck Cutout Style 305 and B.Swim Back It Up Monokini Style 104 do just that.


Aerin Rose 302Diagonal details like those in the MiracleSuit Underwire Wrap Style 467123 and the Aerin Rose Crisscross Underwire One Piece 302 and the ruched midriff in the MiracleSuit Ruched Mid V Neck Style 464922 visually cinch your waist.

A tank style suit is not your best look.


B Swim U39In bikini tops, you want flash! The fringe on the B.Swim Bandeau Style U39 and the ruffle on the B.Swim Style U64 draw the eye up.


Tara Grinna 147Triangle-shaped cups like the Tara Grinna Molded Foam Triangle Top Style 147 are a good choice for the banana-shaped woman.

Both B.Swim and Swim Systems offer push up bikini tops.

Most tankini tops hide the waist making them less flattering on the banana-shaped body.


Aerin Rose 402For swimwear bottoms, choose styles that sit lower on your hips like the Aerin Rose Side Shirred Bottom Style 402 or the Aerin Rose Tie Side Bottom Style 404.

With more than 1000 different swimwear choices at Big Girls Bras, you'll find a suit to make you look great this year.

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