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The Best Swimsuits for Pear Shapes

We've got top picks and shopping tips to make finding the perfect swimsuit for pear shapes a cinch.

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"I Want to Shrink My Hips"

Being two sizes smaller on top than on the bottom, Bethany Gumper is used to looking for the happy medium. "If a swimsuit isn't too roomy in the chest or too tight in the butt, I'll take it," she says. That's how she wound up with her halter-top, boy-short combo. But a higher-cut bottom with a ruffle accentuates her strong legs and tiny waist; a matching ruffle on top creates volume and balances her out. "It never occurred to me to go skimpier," Bethany says. "Who knew less suit would make me feel more confident?"

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Rules for Hippy Chicks

Steer clear of boy shorts. They cut you off at the widest part of your body, while high-cut briefs lengthen your leg and make you look leaner.

On Bethany: Seafolly Viva Separates Mini Tube top, $71, and bottom, $63, figleaves.com

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Waist-Accentuating Styles

A higher-cut bottom with a ruffle accentuates strong legs and tiny waist; a matching ruffle on top creates volume and balance.

  • Sofia by Vix Rugby top, $54, and bottom, $54, nordstrom.com

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Go for Girly Details

Strategically placed ruffles and bows draw attention to where you want it -- up on top or to your small waist.

  • I.F. by It Figures! He Loves Me! bikini, $100, Dillards stores

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Tied Up

Consider a top with small or medium ties. You don't need the support of wide straps, which can be overpowering on you.

  • American Eagle Glamour top, $25, and bottom, $25, ae.com

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Frills & Thrills

  • Roxy Evening Glass Angel top, $42, and bottom, $42, roxy.com

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Floral Print

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs Lacy Garden Ruffle bikini, top $156, bottom $144, asos.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2010.

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nelsontynika wrote:

I like this look, I would have never thought a smaller bottom would make my bottom half look like that. Nice choice.

5/11/2013 11:32:17 AM Report Abuse
bayoubeauty04 wrote:

Wow! Going skimpier really did improve her look? But what about pear shapes with heavier thighs?

5/11/2011 09:26:40 PM Report Abuse

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