Find the Right Swimsuit For Your Figure

by Alison Deyette

Many women dread swimwear shopping, but we’ve got some tips to help you find the right style for your body. The most important tip to remember is that you are aiming for a balanced silhouette.


75140_WT0002_m_SP08.jpg* Big Bust

Look For:  Underwire tops, formed cups and wider bands under the bustline that provide the extra support you need.

One-piece swimsuits with some structure in the bust, such as soft foam cups or a shelf bra.

Halter-top bikinis offer support while providing some great cleavage
too. Look for styles that are banded under the bustline and can be
tied in back and around the neck to allow you to make adjustments.

 
Avoid: Strapless bandeau tops and those tiny, triangle tops that offer minimal coverage.

715878_fpx.jpg* Small Bust

Look For: Tops with a touch of padding, or an underwire demi-bra style that makes the most of adding to your small bustline.

You have the body to wear cute, ruffled tops that are hot right now. Triangle tops and bandeau tops are easy to wear as well.

Avoid: Tops with too much fabric or that have a poor fit.



* No Waist / Straight Figure

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Look For: If you don’t have many curves, choose a swimsuit that has a belted waist to help create one.  Or choose a one-piece suit with a high-on-the-thigh cut. 

A one-piece swimsuit with side cut-outs instantly creates a few curves at the waist and hips without adding “weight.”

Bikinis are also a good choice. Add some details at the hips with rings, ruffles and bows.

* Bottom Heavy
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Look For:  Mini-skirted bikini bottoms are made just for you!  Skip the super frilly ones and choose a skimming, smooth skirt that covers just what you need it to.

Opt for a bikini bottom that has slightly wider sides, skip the string side-tie versions that only draw unwanted attention.  

To balance your proportions, choose a solid bottom and a patterned top. It will draw the eyes upward.

Play up your bust and shoulders to deemphasize your bottom.

Avoid: Boy shorts, skimpy bottoms or lots of ruffles and details at the hips.

252747_fpx.jpg* Plus Size Figure

Look For: One-piece swimsuits with lace or mesh inserts. Showing a little skin in the right places can be sexy.  A well placed cut-out or a deep v neckline can be a flattering visual.

Lengthen your thigh with swimsuits that have a high cut leg or adjustable ruching detail at the hip.  

Avoid: Too much fabric and boy short styles. Stay away from white, as well as bright fabrics.

41LccxSK6jL._SS260_.jpg* Too Much Tummy

Look For: If you are self-conscious about a less than flat tummy, try one of those swimsuits with a little extra Lycra woven into the tummy area, they work wonders!

A one-piece with some draping around the waist or hips can also help to conceal a “muffin” top.

If you’re going for a two-piece swimsuit, then opt for a tankini where top and bottom meet at the waist. They cover just enough, but you still have the freedom and chic factor of a bikini.

Avoid: Teeny bikinis.

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