Finally, a topic we can all get behind!
In the world of beauty and fashion: knowledge is power. How could you correctly contour without knowing your face shape? How would you pick the most flattering dress without knowing your body shape? Could you find the perfect foundation without knowing your skin’s undertones? You couldn’t!
Your butt deserves the same consideration to help it looks its best. In order to put your best cheek forward, Cosabella is going to break down how to identify:
- Your booty type
- The best panties for your booty type
Your butt shape is determined by a combination of hip structure, where your cheeks are fullest, and where your bum is the widest. Based on these factors, we can determine your optimal amount of coverage, the height of the leg openings, and whether low rise or higher rises may be better suited for you. Cosabella celebrates the shapes of all women, so we’re here to dispel any myths of an “ideal” butt type. The best booty is your booty! Just like with dresses, jeans, or bras, the key to looking your best is knowing your shape and picking garments that highlight your assets. Your best butt ever is closer than you think (and no squats needed!)
Booty Type: HEART
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Heart shaped bums literally resemble an upside-down heart. Also referred to as the “A” shape, these types of booties have more volume at the bottom of the butt than at the top with rounded curves of the hips. This shape can be similar to the ‘Round’ type but is distinctive due to a waist that tapers smoothly into the bum and has the widest part of the booty at the bottom of the cheeks. Women with this booty type typically have pear-shaped figures with full thighs and smaller waists.
FAMOUS BOOTY TWIN: Rhianna
PANTY STRATEGY: Too much coverage can add unwanted volume to an already bottom-heavy bum. To make it look lifted and perky, center details like ruching can help draw the eye upwards and make your bottom look more proportional. Avoid panties that have small leg openings, they will bunch up at your bottom causing unflattering bulging – styles like boyshorts and briefs are off limits for this shape.
THE BEST PANTIES FOR YOUR BOOTY TYPE: Bikinis, minikinis, and thongs in stretchy, seamless materials that will lay flat and won’t add more bulk to your bum.
Booty Type: ROUND
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Also known as the “bubble butt” this full looking booty shape has fat distributed around the entire butt cheek, both top and bottom. This booty type is widest at the center of the hips, and their booty is distinct from their waistline (unlike the tapering curve of a Heart shape tush).
FAMOUS BOOTY TWIN: Jennifer Lopez.
PANTY STRATEGY: Full coverage panties tend to fall short when attempting to covering a curvaceous bottom. Bikinis and briefs can cause a full bottom to look bulky and cause bulges or panty lines. Look for high cut legs openings and silhouettes that gather high on the rear. Round booty types will sometimes find that the majority of their volume is in the center of the cheeks, leaving them to feel out of proportion with sides of the butt that are less full. In this case, the goal is to create the illusion of more volume on the sides.
THE BEST PANTIES FOR YOUR BOOTY TYPE: Thongs and Minikinis show off your full figure and are an easy way to avoid access fabric.
Booty Type: Inverted Triangle
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Also referred to as “V-shaped” this angular booty type is top heavy with most of the fat distributed at the top of the butt. The inverted triangle gets its name from having the widest point at the hips and narrowing towards the bottom. This booty shape is common amongst women with broad shoulders and narrow hips.
FAMOUS BOOTY TWIN: Cindy Crawford (and a lot of other models!)
PANTY STRATEGY: The goal here is to create the illusion of a rounder bottom for a proportional look. Hotpants and Boyshorts are great for adding volume and filling out a narrower booty. Additional details like lace embellishments around the leg openings are great for adding curves to your figure. Avoid high leg openings (sorry, no 80’s styles for you) which highlight the lack of volume on the sides can make your booty look saggy.
THE BEST PANTIES FOR YOUR BOOTY TYPE: Styles with a lower cut leg opening that hits right below the butt crease. Try the Dolce Boyshort or Papyrus Hotpant
Booty Type: Square
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Women with Square booties types have higher and more prominent hip bones that do not taper towards the bottom. If you were drawing a line between the two points, they would create a straight line that’s perpendicular to the ground. This butt type has an equal width at the top, center, and bottom, and often looks flatter because of the lack of curves. You may notice there is a “hip dip” which is a divet between the pelvis and the actual cheek.
FAMOUS BOOTY TWIN: Gwenyth Paltrow
PANTY STRATEGY: Since the hip and outer thigh are the same width, this creates the appearance of a longer torso and can make it difficult to distinguish where the back ends and where the booty begins. This makes the goal for Square shapes to create curves and an illusion of roundness. Avoid solid colored panties which can make you look flat and go with lace or a print instead.
THE BEST PANTIES FOR YOUR BOOTY TYPE: High rise waists and cheeky bottoms are your best bet for creating curves.