How to Find the Perfect Fit: Swimsuits
Say goodbye to the stressful days of swimsuit shopping!
When it comes to swimsuit shopping, we’ve decided to finally put an end to the frustration that comes along with it. We’re helping you make sense of the endless swimwear options while narrowing them down to the picks that were made to fit and flatter your frame the right way, no matter what your body shape is. Swimwear should be fun and make you feel good, not the other way around, so the days of being too shy to rock a swimsuit due to not knowing which one fits your body best ends now. All bodies are beautiful and deserve to be celebrated and shown off, including yours! Want to save yourself a hassle and know exactly what you should be looking for next time you go swimsuit shopping? Get advice on the do’s and don’ts with How to Find the Perfect Fit: Swimsuits, and never dread swimsuit shopping again!
BEFORE WE BEGIN. . .
Before we can begin to help you find a bathing suit that would be most flattering for your body shape, it’s important to identify what type of body you have. Use the diagram below to get an idea of what type of body you’re trying to dress.
BEST SWIMSUITS ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY SHAPE
The Goal: To show off your assets and accentuate your waist.
- A retro silhouette: A swimsuit style that is always flattering on an hourglass body type, especially tall ones, involves a high-waisted bottom with a cute bikini top. Of course, shorter ladies can rock this look too, but try to find a high wasted bottom that doesn’t come up too high and cut off your entire torso.
- A one-piece: Channel your inner Baywatch style and rock this summer in the perfect one-piece. These types of swimsuits are simple yet perfect for giving you the illusion of a slim waist while showcasing your curves in all the right ways.
- A simple bottom: Although you may want to accentuate your hips, you probably don’t want to make them look bigger. In order to make this possible, opt for a simple bikini bottom with no bows or frills. The extra fabric may give you an unflattering silhouette, which is something you definitely don’t want.
The Goal: To balance out broad shoulders and/or a big bust.
- Tops with support: String tops that have molded cups and underwire are your best bet when you have a bigger bust. They give you more support and leave you worry-free about any wardrobe malfunctions.
- Mix & match separates: Most of us aren’t the same size on the top as we are on the bottom, so brands that allow you to mix and match your suit are the best way to ensure you’re getting the best fit for your body.
The Goal: To create curves.
- A one-piece: A one-piece swimsuit is perfect for almost any body shape, but especially straight body types. This style suit gives you a smaller looking waist and will make your body look a little curvier.
- Cut-outs: A swimsuit with side cut-outs on the bottom undeniably draw attention to your waist. By showcasing this part of your body, it’ll stand out more and therefore seem that your body is curvier than it actually is.
The Goal: To balance out a heavier bottom.
- Full bikini bottoms with a low cut leg opening: Avoiding high cut bottoms is your best bet because you don’t want too much skin in the hip area exposed. By finding bottoms that cover more skin, it looks as if your bottom half is smaller than it actually is.
- A triangle or halter top: By having an apple body type, you have the freedom to wear almost any style top you’d like. Triangle and halter tops that tie at the neck will draw the eye upwards, taking away attention that would otherwise be focused on your bottom half.
HIDING/ACCENTUATING CERTAIN AREAS
If you want to…
Accentuate a Small Chest
If you have a smaller chest and would like to accentuate it, giving the illusion that you’re a little bustier, choose a top that has more things going on with it. Ruffles and embellishments give the illusion of a larger chest. Additionally, tops that have padding and underwire like a bra does will give you a little extra push-up.
Hide a Big Chest
Most likely, a string bikini is not your best bet if you’re trying to hide a busty chest. The best top to get your bust under control is tops that have cups and underwire and will offer the full support you need. Tops with thicker straps are most flattering.
Accentuate a Small Booty
Not only do frills help accentuate a small chest, but they also help accentuate a small booty. The extra fabric gives off the illusion of a bigger behind, and a bottom with ruching on the back shapes your butt perfectly.
Hide a Big Booty
If you have a bigger butt and would like to draw less attention to it, pairing solid color bottoms with a patterned top is the best route to take as it draws eyes to your top half rather than the bottom. Also opt for a bottom that has full coverage, rather than something like a Brazilian style bottom.
Hide your Belly
The most obvious suit to pick when you want to hide your belly is a tankini top. This style top covers more than just your bust, while also giving you a flattering silhouette. Additionally, a one piece with some ruching on the side can help conceal your tummy, particularly one that has a plunging neckline as it will draw eyes upwards instead of towards your belly.
Elongate Short Legs
If you have short legs and would like for them to appear longer, choose a bikini bottom that has high cuts in the leg. Revealing more skin will give off the illusion that your legs are longer than they actually are.