Sun, sand, swimming. What’s not to love about a day at the beach? Well, maybe figuring out what to wear. Finding the right suit for your shape can be a battle, but it’s one all the more worth winning. As fans of the classic one-piece, we’ve narrowed down the best styles for each body shape.
Whether you’re hitting the beach or pool this summer, jump right in with confidence in these suits
Show off your girls with a supportive underwire
Every woman with large breasts can relate to the struggle of finding swimwear that will keep her covered and in place, especially when she’s playing in the waves. Fortunately, there are bikinis with underwire and soft padding that suit busty chests perfectly. “When you are at the beach or out for a swim, the last thing you want to do is worry about your swimsuit!” says Pierre Colorado, divisional merchandise manager of women’s swimwear at Lands’ End. “Adequate bra support is one of the most important features of a swimsuit. Bras shape, define, and add support to busts of all sizes.” While you’re at it, make sure you’re avoiding these common bra mistakes.
Enhance your chest with ruffles
It’s a major swimwear mistake to assume that a flat chest requires an extremely padded bikini top to look good. Instead, you can cleverly elevate this area simply by choosing a more feminine design. “When looking for swimwear to highlight a smaller chest, look for a suit that will add volume with a suit that has a ruffled top,” says Colorado. “You can also try a combo of ruffles and an underwire style to accentuate your top line!”
Big bottoms work with dark colors
The great thing about having a larger bottom is being able to play it up or down, depending on the occasion or your mood. “Accentuate what you want and minimize what you do not!” advises Colorado. Choose darker colors on the bottom half of your body to place the emphasis on the top half of your body. If you’re looking for more coverage, try a skirted suit.
Create curves with a cheeky cut
If you wish you had a bit more junk in your trunk, look for higher cut bottoms. “To create the illusion of a curvier behind, opt for bottoms in bright colors and loud prints. Showing a little [more skin] is preferable to a full-coverage bottom,” Colorado says. “Go for an abbreviated, low waist bottom or a string style.”
Choose a flashy top to bring the eye up
If your body can be described as pear-shaped, a clever way to balance out your look is to add more eye-catching and volume-building details on top. Thick straps, extra padding, or a wild pattern, all draw the focus upwards. “If you are looking for a suit that will minimize your hips, look for details like a sweetheart neckline or a ruched waist that will draw the eye away from the areas you don’t want attention on,” Colorado advises.
Narrow hips look great in an A-line one-piece
“This shape will balance narrow hips and will create the illusion of a more even shape,” says Colorado. You can also try underwire styles that will enhance your bust line to create more balance. Or try darker colors on top and a lighter color on your bottom half to draw attention upwards.”