Women with an apple shaped body tend to have narrower hips, with a less defined waist. If this is your body type, you've probably developed some strategies for dressing in street clothes, but with the body-conscious lines of swimwear, the same rules don't necessarily apply. But that's no problem. Certain styles will visually trim your waist, giving you hourglass curves. Just like every other body type, there are some basic suggestions that will have you looking beautiful and feeling great.

Ruching And Ruffles

There's nothing like the retro glam of ruching to give a torso flattering curves. The twist front neckline of this vibrant one-piece from Anne Cole and with pin-up drama of ruching give it a flattering, feminine look. For a more modern take on the look, this Anne Cole one-piece has a center ruched panel in a bright print, with solid color panels on the side (another great look for apple shapes - we'll get to that later). 

Ruffles are a great way to balance narrow hips with strong shoulders. This bandeau swimsuit in a fun tapestry print from Gottex marries both techniques, with ruching on the bodice and a flirty ruffle around the hips. Or try a sleek look in black with this black Gottex one-piece, with a feminine black ruffle with white details. 

Strategic Print

Another effective way to visually slim your waistline is with prints. The V-shaped design of the lush floral print on this Cole of California suit creates a line that draws the eye inward at the waist. The wrap style of this one-piece from Anne Cole, emphasized by the vibrant lines of its colorful print, visually cinches the waist.

Color Blocks

Strategic color blocking can also work to make your waist look smaller. This bold graphic print one-piece swimsuit from Catalina has a pink band high around the ribcage, often the narrowest part of the torso. V-shaped panels of black, white, and sexy mesh inserts on this bandeau suit from Anne Cole visually whittle the waist.

Side Panels

Side panels that contrast with the center of your suit can create the illusion of deeper curves. The curved cutouts of this bombshell black mesh suit from Kenneth Cole create a womanly shape. Panels of slimming black outline a center panel with an eye-catching print, giving this suit from Allure an hourglass effect.  

Elongate With A Deep V

The plunging line of a deep V neck creates a longer, leaner look to your torso. This look is boldly sexy, so wear it with confidence and enjoy the attention. The neckline of Seafolly's one-piece suit in a juicy melon shade dips all the way down to a waist-whittling knotted belt. Kenneth Cole's sophisticated swimsuit has a dramatic V neck that meets a center twist to further minimize the waist. 

High-waisted Bottoms

A high waist both gives your hips curve to balance your shoulders and draws the eye inward at the waist. The bright print of this bikini from Raisins Curve creates sultry curves with a modern, fun style. Anne Cole's sweetly sexy one-piece suit features lace crochet with white on the top and a high bottom of black that meets a black belt to visually cinch the waist. 

Empire-Waisted Swim Dresses

An empire-waisted swim dress skims over the waist and ends in a skirt to enhance the hips. This elegant royal blue swim dress from Anne Cole floats over the waist to a fluttery skirt. With an empire waist and slimming black side panels, this Leilani swim dress features a floral print in cool, watery blues.

With some carefully chosen details, you are sure to find a swimsuit to show off the best of an apple shaped body. From sweet to sexy, pick a look that makes you feel beautiful. The right swimwear will make you feel ready to play.