The Swimsuit Guide For Your Body Type
Hate the idea of trying on swimsuits and bikinis because of the unflattering cuts that don’t flaunt the right curves? Not to worry.
These are the rules all women should follow:
- When in doubt, pick the smaller size as swimsuits expand when they get wet
- Do pick swimsuits with ties and adjustable straps so you get the best fit
- Don’t force yourself to buy a trendy silhouette, the fit is what matters to flatter your body type.
Follow this guide of dos and don’ts and shop from our edit of stylish and flattering swimwear options that are perfect for you. Whether you’ve got a bigger bust or boyish shape, these pieces will fit and flatter your frame. Scroll through the gallery to find the perfect swimsuit for you!
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Peek & Beau bikini set from ASOS, $64
Long Torso – Choose a two-toned swimsuit that visually breaks up your body, so ideally, say no to one-piece suits.
Mango swimsuit, $79.90
Long Torso – V-shaped necklines and high-cut legs are flattering design features for women with long torsos.
Pomelo swimsuit, $542
Small Bust – Choose a top with horizontal lines or ruffles to create the illusion of a larger bust.
Topshop bikini set, $73.80
Small Bust – Avoid plain triangle tops and solids, instead try embellishments and v-shaped necklines.
Elmar swimsuit from Shopbop, $440
Short Torso – One-piece suits with asymmetrical designs or high necks add the illusion of height.
Dorina swimsuit from Zalora, $37.90
Short Torso – A criss-cross design down the front of the suit lengthens your body to look longer and leaner.
Seafolly swimsuit, $ 149
Plus Size – Wear bright colors on areas you want to emphasize and dark colors on areas you want to minimize, an asymmetrical design is great fun.
Pink salt tankini from Zalora, $159
Plus Size – Avoid solid coloured pieces, instead, say yes to prints that extend from bust to hip or across the body create the illusion of a longer, leaner torso.
Seafolly bandeau bikini top, $139
Boyish figure – Go girly with retro style tops with ruffles and horizontal lines are great, and don’t say no to push-up or padded tops
Mango bikini bottom, $35.90
Boyish figure – Skimpy string bottoms are your best friends, or try strategic cut-outs along the waist and ruffles will give the appearance of a perkier bottom.
Topshop bikini top, $39.90
Full Bust – Thick straps and underwire will provide you with comfort and support.
Pomelo swimsuit, $54
Full Bust – A halter top naturally flatters your bust while providing ample support.
Topshop swimsuit, $69.90
Tummy Issues – Choose a swimsuit that accentuates your legs while giving you more coverage in the tummy area with ruching along the waistline.
Lipsy swimsuit from ASOS, $64
Tummy Issues – Look for high waisted bottoms or swimsuits with belt detailing across your waist.
Paper London bikini set from Farfetch, $131
Pear-shaped – Choose bright coloured pieces that draw attention to your upper body.
Araks swimsuit from Shopbop, $440
Pear-shaped – Avoid colorful sarongs and bikini bottoms that exaggerate the hips.