Find Your Perfect Swimsuit

No Matter Your Body Type, You’re Covered!

 

Am I the only one who hates swimsuit season?  Swimsuit season . . . pool party . . .terrifying.  Finding a suit that doesn’t already smush my small bust, or make my hips look larger or ride up . . .ugh.  And I live at the beach.

Have no fear, ladies.  There is a suit style that works not only for every body type, making you comfortable and look fabulous, but for every wallet.  Let’s get started.

Small Bust

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TARGET top: $18; bottoms: $18 http://www.target.com 

Less endowed sisters, we have a silver lining.  Not only do we not have to worry about sag (and my personal favorite theory that we are better lovers) but we can wear nearly any style, regardless of support.  To emphasize what we have, focus on lifting and separating.  Look for suits that have padding and boning to add curves or for suits with ruffles or other embellishments to add enhancement.  Color can also play tricks with the eyes – – the colorblock suit from Target with white trim makes the top seem larger.  The triangle cut has the added bonus of placing angles on narrow frames.

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ZOE AYLA bikini set: $70   http://www.jet.com

 

Are you an active gal?  Here’s the suit for you!  Zoe Ayla has this full coverage Neoprene set that not only boasts “the” push up bra of swimwear but an adorable retro pattern and style.  The high waisted bottoms work well for coverage if you’re on the go or subtly hiding a tummy or hips.

 

 

 

Boyish Figure

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AERIE  one piece $45     http://www.aerie.com

 

Narrow figured gals, you are lucky – – you can wear nearly anything you want since you don’t need to be concerned about balancing your proportions.  If it’s curves you seek, go for cut-outs, shirring and bold prints that add dimension.

This Aerie one piece has daring cut-outs and is one of the most flattering options for women with narrow frames.  It creates the illusion of a defined waist and the bright red shade works on all skin tones.

 

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HOBIE Peace Love bikini                     top: $47; bottoms: $43  www.asos.com

 

If bikinis are your thing, this Hobie Peace Love bikini is the perfect option. The diagonals of the suit, with its triangle top and brief bottom, break up your body’s straighter lines.  This suit has adjustable ties at the bustline, neck and hips for customizable sizing.

 

 

 

 

Tummy Control

Self-conscious about your midsection?  Take a number.  Most ladies are and we shouldn’t have to choose swimwear that your grandmother would have preferred.  Check out these options, sure to make you feel confident.

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MODCLOTH  Diving Me Crazy top: $65; bottoms: $60  www.modcloth.com

 

 

The high waisted bottoms of this ModCloth suit work like Spanx (yes!) and provide control from your navel down.  The thick band on the top gives first class support.  Who doesn’t love the blue and white pattern?  It’s super summery!

 

 

 

 

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LOFT Beach Daiquiri Halter Tankini   top: $50; bottoms: $40   http://www.loft.com

 

 

This Loft halter tankini means business!  The solid color side panels with patterned middle draws the eye to the center, creating an overall slimming effect (yay!)  None of us like lumps and bumps; the ruched construction of this suit makes them as much a thing of the past as that bad ex-boyfriend.  The matching bottoms pull off the same feat down south.

 

 

 

Full Hips and Thighs

Bottom heavy (or pear shaped) figures need to have the eye drawn upward.  Calling all bold patterns and colors!   Boy shorts are cute but they hit straight across the thigh – – making your thighs appear wider.  Do I need to say no thank you to that?  Look for suits with higher-cut leg-lines instead which can help elongate those pins.

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JESSICA SIMPSON Strappy Days Plunge Keyhole Maillot  $98   http://www.jessicasimpson.com

 

This Jessica Simpson maillot offers a bright band of color plus a deep neckline to bring the eyes up and away from the bottom part of your suit.  The halter-typing neckline is appealing to avoid peek-a-boo and slippage.  The black color is not only slimming but flattering to tanned skin.

 

 

 

 

 

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OLD NAVY Jacquard Bikini   top: $25; bottoms: $23               http://www.oldnavycom

The scalloped edges on this Old Navy bikini are a dream – – not only are they pretty but they prevent pinching and tight digging.  Nothing worse than yanking at a bikini top or pulling a bottom out of your cheeks or lady parts.  The top has removable straps so you can alternate between spaghetti straps (as pictured) or strapless. And the turquoise color is to die for.

 

 

Large Bust

If you are full busted, we less endowed gals secretly hate you.  Kidding!  You need to shop for a swimsuit the way you would shop for a bra.  Look for plenty of support, with wide, adjustable straps, underwire boning and cup-specific sizing, if available.

 

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ASOS  Enchanted Floral Print Bikini  top: $38; bottoms: $24  www.asos.com

 

Being well endowed should not prevent you from flaunting your assets in a bikini.  Check out this floral beauty from ASOS.  The black adds sophistication; the top has underwire (read: support!) cups that go up to 36G.

 

 

 

 

 

This Tommy Bahama suit is a little bit discreet and a whole lot of vintage.  Its one-piece has supportive foam cups and an adjustable halter.   The front ruching create nice tummy

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TOMMY BAHAMA Pearl V-Front Halter Swimsuit  $130  www.tommybahama.com

control, with the black color giving a sleek appearance.  Even better?  The fabric contains built-in UV protection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JANTZEN Braided Surplice One Piece $92                                   http://www.zappos.com

 

This Jantzen one piece is not only a gorgeous color but the straps are adjustable — something we take for granted with bikinis.  The shirred draping on this suit from the bust to the hips works minimizing wonders.

 

 

 

 

 

Plus Size

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AVALON Plus Size Swimdress $95 http://www.alwaysforme.com

Plus sized gals deserve to look just as cute at the beach and pool as everyone else and until recently have gotten the short end of the stick.  This Avalon swimdress is beyond darling.  The flutter skirt and ruched middle provide extra coverage while still daring to bare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALWAYS FOR ME Bay View Plus Size Tankini $29 http://www.alwaysforme.com

More active?  This scuba-inspired tankini comes equipped with boy shorts and offers full coverage with a zip front top, adjustable tie shorts and has you suited up for the beach in no time.

 

 

 

 

With thanks to Real Simple for some of the swimsuits and pictures.

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