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Best Swimsuits For Summer: How To Find The Best Swimsuit for Your Body Type

Updated on April 28, 2016

One piece, two piece, cheekini, bikini, tankini!

Figure it all out here, how to find the best style for your body.
Figure it all out here, how to find the best style for your body. | Source

Best Swimwear For Your Body

We all know what a hassle it can be to go shopping for swimsuits. There's price, color, size (most likely the WRONG size), style, shape, material, trend, and most importantly finding the one that highlights what you LOVE and hides what you don't! Whether you are considering a bikini, tankini, monokini, swimskirt, one-piece, cutouts and more, you're sure to find one for you!

So amids all the chaos and mass varieties of swimsuits out there, how do you find one that will make your body look the best? You've worked on getting the perfect shape for swimsuit season, and now you need to find one that will flatter that shape. Perhaps you haven't worked on your fizique that much and now, it's time for a last minute save! No worries, whether flat butt, big thighs, or curvy belly these swimsuits will fit your needs.

Try this if you have a curvy tummy. Swimsuit by Lisa Blue
Try this if you have a curvy tummy. Swimsuit by Lisa Blue | Source

If you have: A Curvy Tummy

If you're a naturally curvy girl you'll want something to cover your stomach, while flattering your sexy curves, your best bet is to go with an all-over swimsuit or a tankini in a cute and trendy floral pattern or a tribal pattern (both styles are in this season).

Another option, if you really love a 2-piece, is to try a tummy-covering top, which stops just below your hips. I recommend Old Navy which has a variety of plus size swim suits and a ton of cute swimwear. Victoria's Secret is also a great place for tankinis.

Swimsuits For A Curvy Tummy: Styles That Will Work For You!

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If you have: A Flat Bottom

If you have a small butt, fear not! Ruffles and floral patterns on the bottom piece will visually lift your butt.

One of this season's biggest trends is bows. A cute bottom with a bow will seem fun and a big bow will add volume in the back of the swimsuit therefore visually filling out your bottom. On the other hand a smaller bow will just look playful and add a quirky detail, so experiment with size to see what works best. As long as the bottom has some kind of detailing, it will work, try a cute bikini!

Another option if you don't like the bow idea is anything that has a pattern on the bottom. Be it florals, ruffles or animal prints, anything but vertical stripes will do (horizontals are a good option, just not vertical!) Also remember that the color white tends to fill us out while the color black recedes and makes us looks skinnier. So let's say you have a big bust and flat bottom. Wear black on top and white on bottom to get a perfect proportion (not to mention elegance! These are 2 no-fail colors!)

Swimsuits For A Flat Butt: Styles That Will Work For Your Body

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If you have: Strong Thighs

When your biggest problem is your thighs, it's time to try a swimskirt. A skimpy bikini might not be best for you but a swimskirt provides the coverage you need without covering up your legs. There is not rule with the patterns or colors on a swimskirt but I would generally avoid white. White emphasizes any extra flab you might have, so unless you are really firm, I don't recommend white as a swimsuit, because it's hard to pull off. But try some plaid patterns (not very "IN", but if you like the style, go for it!) However, if you want to sport something trendier, a bright orange color will look amazing, or any other neon color for that matter.

Swimsuits For Curvy Thighs: Styles That Will Work For You

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Ruffle Top
Ruffle Top | Source

If you have: A Small Bust

Although many women praise a big chest, consider yourself lucky, because this advantage makes finding a swimsuit 100 times easier, since women with a heavier chest must look for support before any other feature. Ruffles accentuate a chest, but we want to be careful to find the right size. Any ruffles that are one inch, won't do much, so if you're looking just for the cute aspect, go with the one inch! Try a cute bikini! Ruffles that are 2-3 inches in length are ideal! Any longer and they will sag down when you get out of the water dragging your chest right down with them! Contrary to what most magazines advertise, do not purchase a bandeau top, this effect is like duck-taping your chest down. Don't do it. It won't help you.

Swimsuits For A Flat Bust: Styles That Will Work For You!

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One-piece bathing suit
One-piece bathing suit

If you have: A Big Bust

There are 2 ways to go if you have a large bust. In one direction you might want to try a swimsuit or bikini that enhances your bust, or in another direction you will want one that minimizes your bust. Either way you choose to go, one thing is critical: support!

You will need to find a swimsuit or bikini that has under-wire for support, otherwise, running, swimming, bending, walking, volleyball...won't be very pleasant, will hurt your spine and back, and might even be painful. So go for support!

If you want to enhance your bust, anything with ruffles or patterns will do. As long as it has under-wire or another firm band along the bottom of the bikini, you will be good. Make sure you get a size that covers your bust fully as this will be most comfortable.

If you are trying to minimize a large bust, you will need a bandeu top. One that goes across your chest and ties around your neck. Almost like having a folded towel on top of your bust. This will have a "tape" like effect on your chest and should minimize the appearance. Another thing to try is a simple one piece. That is a no-fail way to go if you don't mind the cover up. You'll find some styles that both enhance and minimize your bust, below.

Swimsuits For A Large Bust: Styles That Will Work For You!

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Enhance and support with under-wire and a white top.Minimize with a black one-piece with under-wire.Minimize a large bust with a bandeau top!
Enhance and support with under-wire and a white top.
Enhance and support with under-wire and a white top. | Source
Minimize with a black one-piece with under-wire.
Minimize with a black one-piece with under-wire. | Source
Minimize a large bust with a bandeau top!
Minimize a large bust with a bandeau top! | Source

Find Inspiration with the 2013 Trends!

Need to know what the TOP swimsuit and bikini TRENDS of 2012? You can check them out here: Top Trends of 2012 For Swimsuits

Check out everything you will want to know about how to look amazing in a one-piece bathing suit! How To Look Good In A One-Piece

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      6 years ago

      some of the models could use a cheese burger but some nice suits nonetheless.

    • Londonlady profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Writes 

      7 years ago

      I half agree with you...let's remember that size 0 is as much a size as 18 is. My best friend wears a size 0. She's one of the most gorgeous people I know, and she lives in the "real" world, just like my obese neighbor. ...but anyway, did you end up finding a swimsuit you like? :D

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      7 years ago

      I just LOVE how all the magazine, catalogs, online stores, etc try to sell curvy and/or plus size girls a swimsuit that is being worn by a size 0 model!! Let's start being real, huh!?! Most girls in the REAL world do not wear a size 0 and we certainly don't want to see a swimsuit that REAL women will be wearing on a size 0 model & then have to wear it out on the beach, to pool, ANYWHERE knowing that everyone has seen the swimsuit we are wearing on a size 0, more than likely airbrushed bean pole! Such a shame that young girls/young women feel like they have to starve themselves to death in order to go out with confidence in a swimsuit! Such a shame!!

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      7 years ago

      I love that show different bathing suits for different body styles, but it would be much more helpful to see them on people with those body styles, not on supermodels. I want to see that it helps to slim a tummy, so putting it on someone who's bones are showing isn't helpful.

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      'pear' shaped girl 

      7 years ago

      Haha, I didn't really learn anything new here, but I appreciate the language. If you have strong thighs- not big thighs, or curvy legs, or any other euphemism for fat thighs...

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      8 years ago

      Cool! I always wanted to find something that would work for me and my thighs! :)

    • Sun-Girl profile image


      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Excellent and fascinating article which is well shared.

    • phiphi profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Awesome swimming costumes i like it and girls and also looking dam hot in this dress

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      Just looking 

      8 years ago

      These really are some good tips! I would have never thought of all these ways to find the best swimsuit for your body type. I usually only looked for pattern and color

    • webstudio2ucom profile image


      8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      very beautiful and sexy

    • Londonlady profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Writes 

      8 years ago

      I know what you mean CMHypno. Swimsuit shopping annoys me too! Hope you found some of these tips useful. :)

    • CMHypno profile image


      8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I'm still looking for a swimsuit that will make me look instantly tall and slim, but the age of miracles has passed LOL! So thanks for the great tips about swimsuit shapes - I will take them on board when I go shopping for my holidays


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