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The Perfect Swimsuit For Your Body Type

Updated on April 30, 2017

We All Want To Look Slim In A Swimsuit

Article By Sharon Stajda

One thing most women have in common is that we all crave that perfect fitting swimsuit. However, finding the ideal swimsuit is not at all easy. I decided to do some research into how to finding the perfect swimsuit for my personal body type. Along the way I learned a lot about body type, and how one can camouflage areas that need to be disguised. This knowledge armed me with what I needed to choose a style to flatter my body type. I found it a lot easier to finally find a swimsuit style that I felt complimented my shape, and was comfortable to wear. Let me share a secret. I would not have even considered the style of swimsuit I ended up purchasing before I did my research on body type. Hope you will have a look at the tips I have put together, and it will help you find that perfect bathing suit.

First Things First ...A Swimsuit Should Flatter And Be Comfortable

First let's start out with the number one thing you have to consider before you shop for a swimsuit. The swimsuit you end up with should enhance your best body asset. Do you have a killer pair of legs, long and lean? Maybe you have a sexy waistline or nice cleavage you hope to show off. .Are your hips smaller than your top? Well, you get the idea, play up your attributes, the ones you were blessed with.

Consider Comfort - Your Swimsuit Should Be Comfortable

Keep in mind, you should feel comfortable when wearing your new swimsuit. If you're into swimming, I recommend a one-piece swimsuit. Find a suit that provides comfortable shoulder straps, along with a stretchy fabric that won't creep up the backside when you swim. When choosing a swimsuit it is so important to be realistic. Consider your body type as well what style looks the most attractive on you. When you reach for that two piece, be sure to consider, " am I being realistic? Will a two piece really suit my body type." ? I am just saying! It's very important that you also feel attractive in your swimsuit. Yes maybe even sexy.

Address Your Particular Figure Concerns

Let's find a perfect swimsuit for you. First I must warn you, this is where you have to look at your body, and to start addressing particular body concerns. It's good to consider that there are very few women that would claim to have a perfect body. Most women will admit to having at least one issue with their physique. Time to stand in front of a full length mirror in the nude, and have a long look. By doing this you can see what you need to show off, and what you need to play down.


Tips For Plus Size Women Looking For That Perfect Swimsuit

Swimsuits today come in a wide variety of styles for the plus size woman. As well as variety of colors, and fabrics. So, if you are plus size woman please keep in mind you too can find a suit that will flatter your figure, as well as show off your personality. Fortunately today designers have come to realize that not all women are not size two. It's high time that swimwear designers address the fact that women come in all sizes provide fashionable as well as fitted swimsuits for a fuller figured women. There now is a wide array of plus size swimsuits styles to choose from, and are not only fashionable, but actually flatter a fuller figure.

So, how should a full figured woman go about choosing a swimsuit a swimsuit that will be flattering yet have a comfortable fit, and work to accentuate her fabulous curves in all the right places?

Number one Pass over the typical boring black swimsuit you are as a rule drawn to. It seems that plus size women wear a lot of black. Well girl it's time to think happy colors, as well as great prints ! While there are many flattering plus size swimsuits in made in black, it need not be the only color you search out when shopping for a swimsuit. If you have well rounded curves you will truly look great in a colored swimsuit, choose a color that will highlight your well rounded feminine curves.

Number Two; Get to know your figure. You have to become well acquainted with your figure. This means you must look at your figure in a mirror, and choose just what features you would like to highlight. You also must decide which parts of your body you want to play down. This truly will require a good long look into a full length mirror.

Do you have a full, and shapely cleavage? Maybe you have strong muscular Sexy looking legs? Get to know that body frame, and all of its great assets. Then you will be ready to choose the perfect swimsuit. A swimsuit that you will be glad show off at the pool. Below you will find tips on how to accentuate your best assets.

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Choose The Right Style For Your Figure Type


Be Realistic - A One-Piece Or A Two-Piece

Many women just do not feel comfortable in a two-piece swimsuit. Actually some of the most beautiful, sexiest women that hit the beaches prefer to wear a one-piece suit. Maybe this type of woman like to show just enough skin to make a statement, without feeling they have to bare it all. Maybe they are just playing up their best assets.

The one-piece swimsuit will show more back, and less tummy. Also as a rule a bit more cleavage as well as thigh. So, maybe a one-piece swimsuit is a good choice if you want to show off your body's best assets. Such as a great cleavage and sexy back. While conceal a tummy problem.

On the other hand, if you feel you can pull off a bikini. I say go for it! If you are confident, and comfortable in a two piece swimsuit, you should most defiantly go with a two price. When shopping for a two piece swimsuit remember play up your best assets, and just make sure you are comfortable. Just as when shopping for a one piece swimsuit. Also keep in mind, you may want to swim in that suit.

Small On Top? Think about a swimsuit that has a touch of padding and an underwire..


Small Up Top ... To Pad Or Not To Pad?

Small on top? Look for tops that provide some padding, and an under-wire. If you have made up your mind to purchase a two-piece suit, look at a demi-bra style swimsuit. This style of swimsuit is a good choice for women with a smaller bra size. It can provide those that are less endowed a beautiful fuller looking bust-line. Make sure with this type of suit to get one that has an adjustable strap. It will provide the option of hiking up your breasts, which again will add to making providing a fuller look.

Another trick to making your bust appear larger, think ruffles. Actually ruffled tops are very hot right and on trend. You might also consider the bandeau top or a tri-top, these are looks that are actually best on women that have a smaller bust-line.

Large Bust Supports A Must ... Try A Demure Halter


Sexy Halter With Good Support


Got Lots Up Top?

If you are large on top, it's always smart to get a swimsuit with extra support. An underwire top can work well, and give you a well supported look. Try on suit with a Halter-top, halters give great support, and elongate the body taking attention away from the chest area. Look for styles that are banded around the midriff, and can be tied in back, a tie in the back can give lots of support and provide some lift. It also works to allow you to make adjustments, for comfort. Another good choice try on one-piece swimsuits with some structure in the bust area. A soft foam cup or at least a shelf bra, can add support. Love a more sporty look? Try on some straight cut bust styles, such as a classic tank . The classic tank is a good look for a busty woman, it works to elongate the figure by providing a long slim look.

Wide shoulder straps are in order for the woman that needs a lot of support. Remember you want to feel comfortable, and confident in your swimsuit. A little spaghetti strap will not offer the support you may need. The larger busted woman should as a rule avoid strapless bandeau tops, and those tiny tri-tops that offer minimal support or coverage.

If you are considering a bikini, remember you still have to consider good bust support. Try on swimsuits that a suit that you can purchase your top and bottom top bottom in separate sizes . This will ensure the perfect fit.


Short Legs or Torso

A High Cut Hip Is A Must To Elongate Your Look.

If you have short legs or a short torso, you will want to create the illusion of a longer leg, and or torso. Try on swimsuits that have a higher cut at the thigh area. This will make your legs appear longer and slimmer. If you are blessed with curvy hips, this higher cut thigh will truly also work to accentuate your waistline. Add a heart shaped bust cut, and I will guaranty you will have a look you have always dreamed of.

Another tip if you want that long torso look, think stripes ! Stripes are so big this season, so you will not have a hard time finding a great striped swimsuit. I know you have heard about how vertical stripes can visually lengthen the body, so make sure to consider trying on a few vertical striped suits. Another good trick for the woman with a shorter legs, chooses to wear a bikini swimsuit, wear a vertical striped top, with a solid bottom . This will automatically draw the eye upward, away from shorter legs.

Just One more tip - A solid colored one-piece swimsuit with a plunging neckline, will create a continual long line, giving the body a longer slimmer appearance . The plunging neckline is for the brave at heart, and is absolutely a drop dead sexy look.

What to avoid if you have a shorter leg or torso. The boy shorts, and skirted bikinis will draw the eye downward, and gives a sharp cut look at the top of the leg. Which will make the legs appear shorter than they actually are.

Horizontal Strips Are A Good Choice


Long Torso

Wearing clothes is as a rule very easy for the tall long legged woman. However, when it comes to choosing a bathing suit, sometimes it's not so easy. Tall women as a rule do not want to look to lanky in a swimsuit.

To hide a long torso think horizontal stripes, your body type can pull off horizontal strips. Look for suits in all the fabulous bright colors, as well as those wonderful fabrics, like velvet or stretch terry. If you want a one-piece swimsuit, try on a few of the fab cut-out suits. It will break up your long torso.

Another good look on the taller woman, the boy short one-piece. This is a great way to show off your hips, while making your legs look a bit shorter. Ever try on a swimsuit with a ruffled skirts ? Please do, you will be surprised at the look in your taller frame.

One more suggestion, try on a few suits that are embellished, perhaps at the hips or bust-line. You can pull off Rings, jewels, bows, you name it.

Things to avoid, up and down stripes, high necklines and dark, solid colors. All will elongate your frame.


Long Legs, Accentuate Them

Some women have long legs, and are comfortable with accentuating the look. So, If you have long legs, you may want to accentuate them. Try on suits with a bottom that ties at the hip. Look for a suit that is high-cut at the thigh, this will make your legs look even longer. Avoid boy shorts or skirted bottoms, this style of swimsuit will make your legs look shorter. One last tip, try on pattern design that runs vertically. If you want a solid suit keep to bright colors. In regard to neckline, V-shaped necklines draw the eye up and down, making you appear even taller.

Pair Shaped Body Type


The Pear Shaped Figure

If you have a pear shaped body type the key is to draw the eye upward . Try on swimsuits that have designs or embellishments on the top of the suit. A swimsuit that has a little design on the top will draw the eye up, and away from the hip area. What to avoid when purchasing a suit if you have a pair shaped body type. Stay clear of small tiny little bikini bottoms with embellishments. Remember we want the eye to travel up away from the pear shaped bottom. Make sure your top is the main feature. The bottom should be well fitted, without skirt or the boy shorts. Keep to darker colors on the bottom, save all the color for the top of the suit.

The Slender Athletic Body


Hourglass Shaped Body


The Athletic Body

If you have a slender or athletic body type, a great looking sporty suit will most flatter your body type. The slender women that has a well toned muscular body can actually get away with wearing a swimsuit that has a shorts cut bottom. If you're tall woman, an all-over pattern may draw attention away from your height, and put the spotlight on the area of the body you hope to show off. Another good option is classic tank, with a lower cut top, to show a bit of cleavage.

The Hourglass Body Type

So, you are lucky and have an hourglass shape. To show off an hourglass body type you may want to try a one-piece suit. The hourglass body shape looks wonderful in suits that have bold color. Color can work to show off every curve. Have a tummy? Think empire waist. The empire waist truly flatter an hourglass shape. The higher waist works by taking attention away from the stomach, drawing the eye to the bust-line. Don't let a large bust keep you from wearing a two-piece. If you have the shape, go for it! Try a halter top or a top with wide straps to add support on top. If needed choose a top with a built-in bra for a bit of extra support.

Side Sheering Can Give You That Waistline

Need To Create A Waistline

Do you need to make your waistline appear smaller? Actually plus size swim wear is as a rule designed to trim that particular section. Elements you want to look for that will work to create a smaller looking waistline, think, color, and even stripes. Another good tip, try on suits that have side shirring, and waist inserts. Shirring and side inserts work to pull in that waistline. Princess waistlines also draw the eye up to the top cleavage. One last tip - try on suits with lighter upper colors, and darker bottoms, this will work to balance your figure, and define the waistline .

Trouble At The Torso? A little to much at the waist. You'll want to focus on the bust and the legs.


No Notable Waistline

Not much of a waistline? Try on tankinis. The tankini can provide a wonderful solution to a larger waistline. If your waistline is the problem area, think of diverting the eye up to your cleavage area, bring out that ample bustline. Try on the swimsuits with the sexy necklines, like a v-neck or a heart finish at the neckline. Are your legs amazing? Then head on down south, show them off, and divert attention from the waist right on down to the legs. Try on suits with various bottom styles to include briefs, skirts, and even swim shorts. You may just be shocked how great you look.



Remember to buy a great new sun hat, and beach cover-up. Keep that skin safe from harmful sun-rays, and look cute doing it.


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Total Time: about 10 to 30 minutes...

Serves: 1 Fabulous Day At The Beach or Pool

Ingredients For Fabulous Fun Day At Te Beach

  • a friend or two
  • A great pair of sunglasses
  • 1 good sunscreen
  • 1 fab swimsuit - that has a smashing fit !
  • 1 cute cover-up
  • 1 great sun hat - that turns heads...
  • 1 a fun pair of flip flops
  • 1 over-sized beach towel - that matches your swimsuit
  • ! - large beach bag
  • 1 Ipod with your favorite music
  • several bottles of water
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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great tips! You can aso get a custom made swimsuite on

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      youngKwon 5 years ago

      love these swimsuits!

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      alicialoyd 5 years ago

      This is really helpful, very detailed. My friends will surely want to read on this. Picking the best suitable swimsuit and then feeling great and comfortable is a must.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      whitemild 6 years ago

      your lenses so inspired :)

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      uswriter001 6 years ago

      So helpful! It's just now bathing suit season and I feel like I really know what to look for now to best accentuate my best features! Thank you.