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The Best Swimsuits for Every Body Shape

If you’re like most women, swimsuit season isn’t your favorite time of yearBut every body is beautiful and deserves to have some fun in the sun. Whether you’re full-figured, small-chested, straight up and down, or have some extra "padding," you can find a swimsuit that fits comfortably, flatters your figure and makes you feel absolutely fabulous. Strut your stuff this summer with these eight flattering swimsuit styles that are both fashionable and figure-friendly.

Pear-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas

The Playful Push Up

Because pear shapes carry extra weight on the lower half of their bodies, a push-up-style swimsuit will create the look of a larger bust, creating the illusion of symmetry to balance everything out. Look for cleavage-enhancing bikini tops, bandeaus or one-piece suits that add a little bit of extra oomph. Some styles with ruffles up top can make it look like you’re two cup sizes larger than you actually are, creating a balanced, hourglass figure!

This suit from Adfolf features a twist-front sweatheart neckline and a ruched bodice for a flattering silhouette.

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The Fabulous Fold Over 

Many pears are bootylicious babes who sometimes need swimsuits that have more coverage across the hips, thighs and butt to help conceal extra curves (or just feel comfortably "covered"). Your best bet: the fabulous fold-over bottom. This swimsuit separate will cover up your booty completely and draw onlookers' eyes upward rather than focusing on your bottom and hips. Wear a bandeau top with this type of swimsuit bottom, or a one-piece bandeau for even more coverage and balance between your small top half and full lower half. 

This fold-over bottom from Jones New York can be paired with a variety of tankini tops to create your own unique, flattering look.

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Apple-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas

The Wondrous Wrap

If you carry extra weight around your midsection (commonly referred to as an "apple" shape), look for a fun wrap swimsuit to create the illusion of a toned tummy. Just like a wrap-style dress, this type of swimsuit will create the look of a cinched waist, drawing attention to your strong legs and curves.

This ATHENA one-piece halter suit features a flattering wrap style, as well as angled straps to make your waist look smaller. 

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The Very Sexy V-Neck

Want to really flatter your figure, you lovely litte apple? Try a V-neck swimsuit style! This type of suit not only offers added support up top, but it will also help draw all eyes upward and away from your tummy. Want to really feel your best? Find a V-neck swimsuit that has some ruching around the midsection for added camouflage.  

This LAPAYA V-neck suit pairs a dramatic plunge with pin-tuck details around the straps and a very flattering shirred bodice. 

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Hourglass-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas

The Lovely Lift Up

Though hourglasses have curves that every woman seems to envy, they typically need some added support when choosing bikini tops. One great option is a structured suit with soft molded cups or underwire. This feature will give your best assets a boost, and have you looking and feeling more confident as you run, jump and play on the beach. 

This underwire tankini from Fantasie provides the extra support you need.

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The Coveted Classic

Because your hourglass body is already symmetrical, you can get away with wearing a timeless one-piece swimsuit with a print and even ruching details. A one-piece will highlight your tiny waistline, thicker straps will add support where you need it most and your curvy bottom will stay covered.

This Seafolly Women's Goddess Boyleg suit offers retro styling paired with flattering ruching and supportive straps. 

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Rectangle-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas

The Ravishing Ruffle 

Lucky you! Rectangle shapes can wear just about anything and still look fantastic. Though straight up and down, your body type can get away with wearing bikinis, bold prints, one pieces, halters and more. One of the best things you can do to create some feminine curves is to pick swimsuits with ruffles and ruching. Pair ruffles up top with prints all over or just on your lower half, and you’ll appear to have a bigger bust, curvier waist and rounder bottom.

This ruffled mesh tankini from Mazu adds girlish ruffles for feminine curves. 

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For a Little Extra Coverage

If the high-cut legs of traditional bathing suit bottoms make you feel a little overexposed, fear not. There are lots of great options these days that provide added coverage without sacrificing style, no matter what your body shape.

To add a little more fabric to your tankini bottom, check out this adorable Herosky skirted bottom.

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For a super flattering one-piece option, check out this Zando swimdress with tummy control.

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Swimsuit season doesn't have to be a source of stress every summer. When you choose the right suit for your body type, you can feel cool and confident at any size.
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Member Comments

ised swimwear using thin models on a weight loss website, get real or get off!!! Report
ised swimwear using thin models on a weight loss website, get real or get off!!! Report
Thank you for sharing this information. It really helps women to select best swimsuit for them according to their body shape. Besides this one should also consider the comfort level and quality of swimwear. With the swimsuit accessories should also be matched accordingly, like pairing a swimwear with sunglasses. At that time sunglasses should be selected according to face shape to look stylish. To find more information about sunglasses visit vogue.com, https://www.dollb
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I don’t look like that! Report
thanks Report
Please! If you are going to advertize this as a way to make every body type look good, use models who are ACTUALLY those body types! Report
found a great suit on amazon.com Report
How is any of this helpful for all but thin model types. Seems to me the very definition of “Apple” shape is lost in translation. Heaven forbid they actually show someone who is a more than a size 8 Report
This is a weight loss site but all you show are skinny models? Where are the plus size suits? Report
It would be great to see some "middle-aged" "plus-sized" models. Report
I agree with most of the comments. I have one bathing suit. It must be at least 10 years old. I don't swim so when I go walking along the beach, (1 1/2 mile from Lake Michigan). I just wear my cut off shorts and t-shirt. This works for me. (This way I way I eliminate the stress of finding a swim suit.) Report
I bought the Zando swimdress. It's very flattering on this near 60 year old body and very comfortable to wear. Report
Seriously?? I don’t look like any of those 21 year old size 0 models! This article was not helpful to me. Report
It doesn't look like any of their models were carrying any extra weight to properly show the suits for many of us. Maybe they should reshoot the photos with a variety of models of different sizes (and weight distributions) being used so we might have a better idea how they might really look on us. Maybe offer some patterns and more colors too. Report
The essence of the story is good, that we can make flattering choices based on our body type. But I had trouble seeing much difference in the photos. None of them looked like my battleship hips, for example. But I'll take away the notion that some bathing suits will be more flattering than others! Report
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Natalie Nichols
Natalie Nichols
Natalie lost nearly 30 pounds the SparkPeople way before becoming a health and beauty contributor to the site. A self-proclaimed "girly girl," Natalie couldn't bear to break a sweat when she was younger, but now can't imagine living a life without exercise. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and stays involved in her community. Leading by example, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier and happier lifestyles, too.

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