Swimsuits for EveryBODY

Swimsuits for EveryBODY
May 25, 2015 Rachel Spross

Summer time is here! Chances are, we’ll all probably be in a swimsuit at least once. Finding a suit that flatters your figure can be difficult and a real source of anxiety for some women. To help you look (and feel) your best, I’ve put together some tips for picking out the perfect suit for your body type.

 *There are many types of bodies, so you might find that you fit into several of these categories, or maybe even none at all! I encourage everyone to wear whatever they feel most comfortable in. These are simply suggestions.*

Small Bust

Women who don’t have quite as much on top are always looking for ways to enhance their chests, but especially during swimsuit season. To add to a flatter chest, look for bra top suits to push the girls together. I realize that these tops can be a bit much for some people, so if that’s not your thing, opt for suits that have ruffled, fringed, or embellished tops.

Large Bust

Now to shift gears in the other direction… If you have a fuller chest, look for suits with lots of support. String bikinis and triangle tops are probably not going to do the trick. Stick with suits that have thicker straps and actual cup sizes with an underwire for maximum support.

Narrow Hips/Flat Booty

If you have narrow hips and a flat booty, chances are you’re wanting to look a little bit more bodacious. If that’s the case, look for bottoms that draw more attention to your rear. Bottoms with fun prints, ruffles, and other embellishments are your best bet at getting your bum noticed. Also look for all white bottoms or bottoms with horizontal lines for an even bigger effect. If you’re really adventurous, go for something cheeky!

Wide Hips/Round Booty

For all of the ladies that have bigger hips/backsides, this one’s for you. The key here is finding suits that do not dig in, even if that means getting a large bottom and a small top. Generally string bikinis (unless you can let the strings out… a lot) and bottoms with cutout sides are not as flattering. Instead, go for a simple solid bottom paired with a printed top to divert attention. High waisted bottoms can also help to camouflage larger hips. Bottoms with a high leg can also be flattering if you’re looking to show a bit more skin.

Thick Middle

If you are self conscious about your mid section, look no further. High waisted bottoms are a great option, and they happen to be very “in” right now. One pieces have also seemed to have made a comeback! If you want something a bit more modest, go with a classic tankini to get the best of both worlds. For the most flattering look, try to find these styles with ruching, gathers, or ruffles in the middle.

Straight/Athletic

Generally girls with a more athletic body type look for ways to add curves. Look for tops with cups and padding, but stay away from straight bandeaus or boy cut anything. Also go for suits with girly prints or bright colors over solids. 3D details on both the tops and the bottom (ties, ruffles, etc.) can also give a more feminine flare.

Straight/Athletic

Generally girls with a more athletic body type look for ways to add curves. Look for tops with cups and padding, but stay away from straight bandeaus or boy cut anything. Also go for suits with girly prints or bright colors over solids. 3D details on both the tops and the bottom (ties, ruffles, etc.) can also give a more feminine flare.

Curvy

If you’re curvy, embrace those curves! Don’t be afraid to rock a bikini. High waisted bottoms and tops with an underwire for lots of support are your best bet. Another flattering option are tankini type styles with a peplum or ruffle. If you are looking for something really slimming, you can never go wrong with black.

Love your Body

Most of us want to look our best, so finding a swimsuit that flatters your body is an obvious step in the right direction. However, bear in mind that loving your body is the first and most vital step. If you hate your body, even a flattering swimsuit isn’t going to help you. Accept that there are things you cannot change, and understand that nobody is perfect. I know this is much easier said than done, but making yourself aware is a great place to start.
Happy summer! And, as always, happy shopping.

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