is just around the corner. If the idea of strutting around in a swimsuit makes
you cringe, you might benefit from knowing how to pick the right swimsuit for
your body type.
Instead of resorting to crash diets and cover-ups to get ready for pool season, get
confident instead with the right swimsuit for you. All bodies are not created
the same, and therefore what works for one shape will certainly not work for
another. Too many women go out and try on all different kinds of swimsuits that
look great on the mannequin or model, but find themselves in near tears when
they them on themselves. The trick is to understand your own body type, and
then finding a suit that suits you.
· Smaller Chest: Look for tops with embellishments or extra fabric. Anything from fringe
to frills to sewn on studs and jewels will help create the illusion of having a
little bit more up there.
· Larger Chest: For the ladies that are a bit more stacked, you might have problems
finding comfortable and well-fitting tops in the standard small, medium, and
large sizes. Instead, you might want to stick to swimsuits that come in sizes
according to your bra band and cup size. You’ll want to choose tops with wider
· Thick Waist: Patterns that draw the eye towards the center of the body will pull
your waist in. Also, you can distract the eye upwards with a dramatic neckline.
· Shorter Torso: There are two things you can do to add length to a shorter torso: choose
lower cut bottoms, and higher cut tops. The straps at the shoulders pull the
· Broad Shoulders and Torso: For a broader body type, look for asymmetrical cuts and patterns. For
example, suits that are solid in color, but have patterns on the sides will
pull you in at the waist and give the appearance of more shape.
· Slim Hips: Frilly or lacy style swimsuits will help to create a curvier, more
feminine look where other swimsuits might give you a straighter, more athletic
· Curvy Hips: High waisted bikinis are not only super flattering on curvier figures,
but they are absolutely all the rage.
· Round Butts: Women who want to minimize a larger backside should choose swimsuits
that have fuller coverage in the back, such as shorts or skirts. Also look for
solid prints at the bottom with patterns at the top.
· Flat Butts: To amplify a smaller rear end, let a little cheek show. Brighter,
louder prints will also distract the eye and create the illusion of a fuller
· Thicker Thighs: Skirt bottoms are the best for thicker thighs and add a touch of flirty
· Shorter Legs: A higher cut leg (think 80’s bikini style) will make your legs seem
longer. Avoid shorts or skirts, which can shorten the leg.
All in all, you want to find a swimsuit that you feel comfortable in. No matter
what your size or shape, feeling comfortable in your own skin is key.
Confidence is always your best feature and will show off more than any body
part you might want to hide.