poolside fashion

An inverted triangle body shape (sometimes called 'top heavy') is pretty much the opposite of a pear shaped one - like celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Jessica Simpson, you're an inverted triangle if you have slim hips and either a large bust or broad shoulders, or both.

We think you should rock whichever bikini or swimsuit you like best, but if you're looking for some advice on how to balance out your figure, read on for our top tips and products recommended especially for bodies just like yours!

Here's how to pick swimwear that will flatter an inverted triangle shape:

  • Choose a halter neck - swapping shoulder straps for one that goes around your neck will draw attention to the centre of your body. If you've got wide shoulders or a wide bust, this makes your top half seem narrower so that it's more in balance with the rest of your shape.
  • Or go asymmetrical - don't like halter necks? Or looking for something a bit more dramatic and eye catching? Try a one-shouldered look, which also works to balance out broad shoulders by emphasising just the one.
  • Keep your top half simple - unless it's an asymmetrical shoulder detail that is. Avoid styles that draw attention to both shoulders, such as swimwear with caplet sleeves, wide straps, boat necklines or off-shoulder necklines. If you have a large bust, steer clear of ruffled or fringed bikini tops that create the impression of even more volume.
  • Add width to your hips - balance out a wider top-half with booty-enhancing bottoms. Frills and thick tie-sides are perfect for this. Bikini bottoms with a ruched seam at the centre-back also create the illusion of a curvier derrière when seen from behind.
  • Wear a sarong - another way to add volume to your lower half is with that classic beach favourite, the sarong! Pair a sleek bikini top or swimsuit with a cover-up that's tied at the side. If your style is more casual and sporty, a pair of shorts works too.
  • Mix-and-match - we all know that dark colours are more slimming, and block colours are too. So you can subtly balance out an inverted triangle figure with a carefully-chosen mis-matched bikini. Look for a top that's dark and/or plain, with bottoms in a lighter colour or a bold print. 

4 Swimsuits and Bikinis for Inverted Triangle Shapes

Shop here: Black Paradise bikini
It's a double whammy - this chic bikini combines a dark-on-top, light-on-bottom colour scheme with bum-enhancing ruched bottoms.
The halter neckline will slim your shoulders, whilst the cut-outs at either side slim your waist, making your hips look curvier by comparison.

Shop here: Lotus velvet bikini

This velvet bikini is not only in this season's hottest fabric choice, it features hip-emphasising ruffles around the leg openings, and the detachable tie can be worn as a choker to bring the eye towards the centre of your collarbone rather than to the sides.

 white cut-out swimsuit

Shop here: Maldivia monokini

Like the plain black one-piece further up this list, this swimsuit draws the eye in towards the centre of the neck and chest with its halter neckline and printed insert, and features strategically-placed cut-outs to create the illusion of a slimmer waist and wider hips.


Be sure to check out our full swimwear range here for plenty more chic styles! Just follow the 6 style tips above and have fun flaunting your unique curves - after all, if it's Angelina Jolie's body type, it's got to be a gorgeous one!

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