Summer means looking your best
These 6 pro tips will help you find the most flattering swimsuit for your figure.
If you’re pear-shaped it means you’re curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top. You should choose a swimsuit that harmonizes your figure. Avoid boy shorts or thick-banded bottoms. Look instead for a clean-skirted bottom that falls just below your upper leg. An eye-catching top will draw gazes upward, away from your lower half.
If you’re chesty, support is key. "The truth is that it's not that hard to find suits that are as cute as they are practical for your shape as long as you look for underwire or molded cups to support ample cleavage," POPSUGAR notes. "Likewise, you're best advised to steer clear of ruffles or embellishments that can add volume or draw the eye up top." Look for swimsuits with thick straps for extra support as well as higher backs that help keep your breasts lifted.
If you’re smaller on top, look for swimsuits with minimal coverage or embellished details. Triangle tops in bold prints create the impression of curves. Padded push-up tops also offer extra lift and can create cleavage. Also check out tiny scoop tops.
If yours is an athletic figure, you likely have few curves. Play up the curves you do have with swimsuit styles that create an impression of a shapelier figure. Look for tops or bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments. These can create the appearance of more curves above and below. One-pieces in particular create fabulous curves, as do smaller swimsuit bottoms. "Don’t go for straight-across bandeaus, boy-cut briefs or shapeless full-pieces," the Huffington Post warns, "as this will only enhance your athletic figure."
An apple shape means you carry your weight mostly in your middle. Lots of one-piece and two-piece suits help to smooth out that part of your body. Look for swimsuits with gathered fabric. This hides bulges and creates definition in the waist. "Dark-colored sides nip you in at the waist," notes Shape, "while a dramatic crisscross design distracts from extra padding." If you carry your weight in the lower part of your stomach, try a high-waisted swimsuit.
A curvy figure means a full bust, hips, thighs, and butt. If this describes you, you need to highlight your curves while still giving yourself enough support and coverage. Avoid string bikinis. Opt instead for asymmetrical swimsuits that draw the eye to the neckline. Also look for swimsuits with color-blocking. This helps to accentuate your shape (think high waists and boxy halter tops).