13 Flattering Swimsuit Ideas for Every Shape and SizeSwimsuit season is officially here. Since it can be daunting finding a bathing suit that compliments your body, here are 13 flattering swimsuit ideas for every shape and size:

1. Small chest

It can be challenging finding a swimsuit that flatters your bust. You should look for swimsuit tops with embellishments or ruffles to give the illusion of a larger chest. Also, swimsuits with padding can help accentuate your chest.

2. Large chest

If you have a larger chest, you should steer clear of string bikinis. Instead, sport swimsuits that have cup sizes and underwire to offer you the support you need. Thicker bathing suit straps and double-stitched bands are also very flattering.

3. Broad shoulders

To balance out your body, opt for a solid colored swimsuit with printed panels along the side to give the illusion of an hourglass figure. Swimsuits with asymmetrical necklines are another excellent choice since they draw the eye up and away.

4. Flat butt

Look for swimsuit bottoms with frills and ruching to give the illusion of a larger butt. To flatter your behind, opt for bottoms in bright colors and loud prints, and be sure to show a little cheek.

5. Large butt

Stay away from string bikinis and high-cut swimsuits if you have a large behind. Look for designs with solid bottoms and printed tops to help balance out your body.

6. Athletic body

To give the illusion of more curves, search for swimsuits that have a lot of padding and gathering, and choose bright colors and floral prints. Avoid boy-cut briefs, shapeless full pieces, and straight-across bandeaus.

7. Love handles

Invest in a high-waisted bottom to help hide your love handles. Be sure it extends above your belly button to prevent a muffin top.

8. Short torso

To elongate a short torso, add length by wearing low-rise bottoms and halter straps to draw attention to your neck and shoulders.

9. Short legs

If you want to elongate shorter legs, sport swimsuits with high cuts in the leg. Since you're showing more skin, your legs will appear longer.

10. Full thighs

To flatter a fuller thigh, look for bottoms that provide more coverage. Consider swimsuit bottoms with a skirt, which can help to conceal part of your upper leg.

11. Tummy pouch

Choose a one-piece with a plunging neckline to help keep the focus upwards, and wear a full-piece swimsuit with ruching to help conceal your stomach.

12. Big hips

To balance out your shoulders and hips, pick a swimsuit that gives the illusion of an elongated clavicle, and look for off-the-shoulder tops.

13. Pregnant

You probably don't want anything too tight around your midsection. That's why tankinis are great since they provide ample wiggle room, sun protection, and easy access to your stomach.

Fun in the sun

No matter your body type, there is a swimsuit for everyone! Follow the guidelines above to look smoking hot this beach season!

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