How to Pick Your Body’s Best Swimsuit

Article posted in: Lifestyle
Shopping time, woman at mall looking at a bikini

Contrary to what you may think, there is a shape and style of swimsuit for every person and every body type. You don’t need to be a size zero to rock one with confidence. You just need to find styles that flatter your figure and make you feel like the beach babe you truly are. With so many style and color options available, you can choose from suits that accentuate your assets, camouflage your problem areas or enhance your figure—or one that offers all three!

So leave the anxiety at the dressing room door as you put these tips to work to find the best bathing suit for you:

For the Pear-Shaped Beauties…
If your hips and thighs are wider than your bust and waist, aim for bottoms that elongate your legs with a high-cut shape or adjustable ties. If you are looking to cover up, choose skirted bottoms that end just below your widest part. Steer clear of boy-shorts that will only make you look wider. More tricks of the trade include choosing suits that draw the eyes upwards through patterns, ties and cuts.

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For the Curvy Queens…
With your chest and hips equally proportioned, opt for vertical details that flatter and elongate. Try scalloped or ruffled edges that keep the material from cutting into your skin and creating bulge. Stick with solid colors on any areas you would like to downplay. Show off your shape with styles that accentuate your little middle.

For the Straight Up and Down gals…
Many shapes and styles will do, but if you want to create the illusion of curves, pump up your figure with a ruffled top or bottom. Opt for styles with strategically-placed patterns that create an hourglass shape. Try the high-waisted, two-piece trend for a classic bombshell moment.

For the Small-Chested…
Smaller chests allow for great versatility when it comes to bikini tops. Opt for separates so that you can customize your sizes proportionally to your body type. For a boost in the bust, pick a padded or triangle top. For one-piece suits, explore the low-cut, deep-v varieties.

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For the Bigger-Busted…
Structure will be your savior. Choose a top with underwire and sturdy straps to keep you secure. Or, opt for an on-trend high-neck top, perfect for the active female.

For the Midsection-Minded…
These days, built-in shaping panels do wonders to contour your shape while faux-wraps work fantastically on tummy control. Rely on ruching to hide imperfections, especially in the midsection. So whether it be a one-piece, tankini or high-waisted bottoms, there are plenty of options to compliment your figure.