You might be forgiven for thinking that if you have an athletic body shape that it would be fairly easy to shop for swimwear and beachwear, as lets face it, the chances are that when you are shopping for clothes, you don't particularly have a problem finding things that fit. This is usually fine for your outer garments, the ones that are on show, because, in general, they aren't necessarily meant to show your body shape off.
Swimwear and beachwear is different. It is almost akin to going out shopping in your underwear. Everyone you come across gets to see exactly how each garment fits. If it pinches in a certain place, or hangs loose in a certain place then it is there for everyone to see. It is exactly the same on the beach. As you walk past, people can see if you bra is a little too big or your pants are a little too tight on the hip.
One of the first tips to ensure you look your best is to not impulse buy your bikini. This is true for everyone, but for those women with an athletic body shape, or a body shape bordering on boyish, it is especially true. The thing you need to do is figure out first of all what will look the best on your body. Plan your purchase and go shopping with certain styles, colours, and shapes in mind. Colours, patterns, and shapes can have a huge effect on how you look as different patterns and colours can accentuate your weak points rather than your best bits if you're not careful.
You still have an advantage over some others though if you have an athletic figure as there are several options available to you when you go shopping for your new bikini. The main thing you have as an advantage is that being athletic in the first place you will look good in a bikini and you are hopefully not wanting to cover your body up. This is great because it means that you can mix and match that two piece outfit in order to camouflage your proportions.
So, the woman with the athletic body tends to have a smaller bust, but her legs and bottom are probably nicely in proportion as the muscles there are probably nicely developed and toned. If you go for a bikini with the same colours on the top and bottom, then you will, unfortunately, look a little out of proportion, with your top looking smaller than your bottom.
To fix this, you need to use bold colours and patterns on your top half while toning it down slightly on the bottom half. This has the effect of drawing the eye of the onlooker up away from your bottom and creates the illusion that you bust is larger than it is. You can also get a similar effect with a ruched top or a top with some frills etc. Anything, to draw the attention of the onlooker upwards will be to your advantage.
By the way, there is one thing that is certain here - a traditional, triangle bikini will look fabulous on you. Just ensure you get the colours and patterns right.
I said there were multiple options, and of course, there are. The next thing you could consider if you are lacking a few curves up top is to create them. You could simply go for a push up or padded gel bra bikini to add some volume to your bust, but you can also try little tricks like going for little highlights on your bikini such as bows and belts etc. If you don't have many curves around your bottom area, you can enhance what you do have by going for a bottom that is gathered on the side.
Don't forget that what I said about colour above works in reverse too. So, if you want to accentuate your bottom, go for bold colours and patterns to enhance your curves.