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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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Every single one of those models has a perfect shape. None even comes close to apple, pear, or whatever. Pretty insulting of spark people to do this. Why not use women who really do have those shapes? Report
It may be nice to have a variety of sized models for this type of "tip". How do you not see this as somewhat demoralizing? These girls are NOT even close to a pear or apple shape person using a weight loss app. Bad job on this one. Report
HaHa...so funny. All your models look like they could wear anything ! Fact is, try it on, and if you don’t faint in the dressing room , then buy it. As a certified beach bum, I know that nobody really cares. Report
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Thank you for some very helpful tips to beautify my apple shape. I'm relieved to find that the 2 swimsuits I bought for the upcoming season were actually recommended for my shape. Hooray! Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
At my age, if anyone saw me in a swimsuit, i'm sure they'd want to scratch their eyes out!! haha Report
Better to run stills from that old 60 Minutes piece tbey did years ago showing women of all ages, many middle aged & senior, mostly all portly wearing one piece suits of the size cut by Omar the tent maker. Now that was
the type of thing many Sparkers could relate to, and the older men looked like they escaped from the rest home in some swim trunks from WWI. 🐨 Report
Yah, this article is infuriating! Use real woman in these swimsuits, not swimsuit models. Hell, even Target is using all sizes and ages of women in their ads now. This just ticked me off. Shame on Spark People for this! This is not good "coaching" in any way, shape or form! Report
What’s not flattering on a teeny body? Report
Wish we were all the size of the models Report
Great looking bathing suits with models that could wear anything in this year's line Report
Great tips for body styles, but the models that actually have those body styles would be more helpful.
The women were all beautiful wearing the suits, but they all looked like they could wear any swim suit. Report
Unbelievable, realistic pictures are a must with this kind of article. Even a drawing of what pear shape etc, means. This article meant nothing to me. I had no idea what each shape is & all the models are young & shapely. Very disappointing 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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