FASHION

Flattering Swimwear for Your Body

Swimwear Body Type Main

(Original story published on Monday May 25th, 2015, on Slice.ca.)

With all the fun and glory summer brings into our lives, comes a few things we dread more than anything else in the entire year. Topping our list? Sweaty commutes, unsightly sunburns and of course, bathing suit shopping.

But it doesn’t have to be so bad! To make it a little easier to find the perfect swimsuit, we’re highlighting the best styles for every shape under the sun. Whether you’re looking to conceal, show-off or fall somewhere in between, finding your most flattering option is sure to be as stress-free as a day by the pool.

Swimwear Body Type HM Petite
Petite Frame
Have a petite frame? The right swimsuit can emphasize what you have and create some serious curves. Add a little volume with a ruffled two-piece, like H&M’s Bikini ($15 to $18).

Swimwear Body Type Joe Fresh Petite
Petite Frame
Another option for a petite frame is to go with dainty straps and a bold print, like Joe Fresh’s Print Buckle Bandeau Bikini Top and Bottoms ($14 to $16).

Swimwear Body Type Lisa Marie Fernandez Petite
Small-Busted
There are two great ways to go for those with a smaller bust. The first option is to add a little more volume to your top half with ruffles. Our pick? Lisa Marie Fernandez’s Natalie Bonded Bandeau Bikini (US $395) which boasts a ruffled bandeau top and simple bottoms.

Swimwear Body Type Cover
Small-Busted
Another option for smaller busts? Flaunt what you’ve got! Go for a super low-cut, seriously stylish one-piece for a more fashion-forward option. We’re loving Urban Outfitters’ Life Eclipse Crisscross One-Piece Swimsuit (US $154).

Swimwear Body Type Club Moanco Athletic
Athletic Bod
For those with an athletic figure, it makes sense to merge fashion with function. Go for a one-piece with halter straps and low-cut neckline to show off your toned bod. Club Monaco’s Vitamin A Brenna Maillot ($167) is a great option.

Swimwear Body Type Urban Outfitters Athletic
Athletic Bod
Another way to go? Take the super sporty approach and opt for a bikini boasting a high neckline, classic sporty mesh details and a bright hue. Try Urban Outfitters’ Blue Life X UO High-Neck Bikini Top and Hipster Bikini Bottom (US $88 to US $98).

Swimwear Body Type Club Moanco Booty
Bootylicious
If you think we’re all ready for that jelly, go for some cheeky bottoms. For an option that’s equal parts ladylike and sexy, try Club Monaco’s Marysia Antibes Scallop Bikini ($260).

Swimwear Body Type Shopbop Booty
Bootylicious
Want to show off a little more booty? Brazilian bottoms in a Crayola-bright hue are the way to go. Try Peixoto’s Bella Swim Top ($88).

Swimwear Body Type Cynthia Rowley Curvy
Curvy
Flaunt your curves in a bikini with a supportive top and high-waisted bottoms. Cynthia Rowley’s Colourblock Triangle Bikini Top and Bottoms ($115 each) in this stunning pastel colour combo is a great choice.

Swimwear Body Type Mara Hoffman Curvy
Curvy
Prefer a full-piece instead? Go for one with a low neckline and cut-out details to show off your figure. We’re obsessing over Mara Hoffman’s Harvest Cutout Printed Swimsuit ($230).

Swimwear Body Type Topshop Pear
Pear-Shaped
For a pear-shaped bod, you may be looking for a little more coverage on the bottom. Our pick? Topshop’s Tropical Print Bikini (£34) in this cool high-waisted style.

Swimwear Body Type Victorias Secret Curvy
Pear-Shaped
Alternatively, you can go with mixed prints and a bandeau style on top, like Victoria’s Secret’s Forever Sexy Bandeau and High-Waist Bottom (US $27 to US $38).

Swimwear Body Type HM Top Heavy
Top Heavy
For those with a fuller bust, you’re going to want to choose an option with great support and coverage. Try H&M’s Bikini Top and Bottoms ($16 to $20).

Swimwear Body Type ASOS Top Heavy
Top Heavy
For double the support, ASOS’s Fuller Bust Exclusive Cross Front Wrap Bikini Top DD-G and Bottoms ($25-38) is the way to go. It features an extra strap below the bust to ensure you’re comfortable and fully supported.

Swimwear Body Type Topshop Maternity
Expecting
Finding a good fit is the key to the perfect swimsuit when you’re pregnant. Try Topshop’s Maternity Black Swimsuit (£28).

Swimwear Body Type ASOS Maternity
Expecting
If you prefer a print and tankini option, go with ASOS’s Maternity Halter Tankini Top and Foldover Pant in Spot Print ($27 to $30).

Swimwear Body Type Anthropologie Full
Beach Shy
If you’re not ready to bare all at the beach, we love a great retro silhouette to keep you more covered up. Seafolly’s Floral Boylet Maillot (US $148) comes in classic black and boasts a gorgeous print.

Swimwear Body Type Victorias Secret Full
Beach Shy
Another option if you’re not ready to dip your toes in the two-piece waters? Choose a halter neck with a low neckline. Victoria’s Secret’s ultra-sexy Halter One-Piece ($99) in this stunning plum hue is a stellar choice.

Swimwear Body Type Anthropologie Mature
Beach Shy
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with a classic one-piece in a stunning print. Zimmermann’s Garden Gaze Maillott (US $210) is a gorgeous option.

Swimwear Body Type Joe Fresh Mature
Beach Shy
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with a classic one-piece in a stunning print. Zimmermann’s Garden Gaze Maillott (US $210) is a gorgeous option.

 

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