Summer Fashion: The Best Swimsuits for Every Body Type

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Hourglass? Pear? Apple? Plus size? Curvy? Box shaped? With so many body types and bathing suits to choose from - one piece, athletic, sporty, tankini, bikini - we're dishing all our secrets to help you find the best swimsuit for YOUR body type. We explain what does and does not work, and we've even thrown in some pointers for big busts and for small chests to help you flaunt your body with style and confidence this summer!

I am a self-proclaimed swimsuit fanatic. Whenever I see a swimsuit I like, it lands right in my shopping bag. I’m hopelessly drawn to all the different silhouettes, patterns and colours – I can never get enough. Living in Canada without a backyard pool, I don’t even wear swimsuits that often, but I’m still hooked. I save them for beach vacations, cottages, and my friends’ rooftop pools! If you’re as obsessed with swimsuits as I am, you’re probably crazy excited that summer is just around the corner. But as you may know, not every swimsuit works for everyone, so I compiled a guide on the best swimsuits for every body type to get you ready for when beach season hits!

Just like clothing, when it comes to swimsuits, different cuts are flattering for different body types. But it can be difficult to weed out which ones work and which ones don’t. Shopping for swimsuits can be a stressful experience, and if you don’t know what design suits your body type it can seem like a hopeless task. But lift that head up because I have some foolproof tips that will make you excited to slip into your swimsuit every single time!

If there are parts of your body you don’t love, you don’t necessarily have to cover them up. There are ways of accentuating your best features and downplaying the not-so-favourite parts of your figure. For instance, if you have a small bust, opting for swimsuits with padding or loud prints will give the illusion of more enhanced breasts. And if you have a curvy body, the best thing to do is rock those curves by accentuating them, while also providing them with ample support. And if you’re pregnant, I’ve got you covered too. Flowy tankinis that allow for movement and sun protection will get you through summer in style.

Hourglass? Pear? Apple? Plus size? Curvy? Box shaped? With so many body types and bathing suits to choose from - one piece, athletic, sporty, tankini, bikini - we're dishing all our secrets to help you find the best swimsuit for YOUR body type. We explain what does and does not work, and we've even thrown in some pointers for big busts and for small chests to help you flaunt your body with style and confidence this summer!

Plus, there’s more. So much more. From the best swimsuits for big breasts (think thicker straps and high backs) to the best swimsuits for rectangle bodies (less is more, friends!) these are the best swimsuits for every body type.

Best swimsuits for curvy bodies

Curvy gals like Beyoncé and Scarlett Johansson have a full bust, butt, hips and thighs. If you’ve got curves, it’s best to both accentuate and support them. Vintage-style suits with a high-waist bottom and halter top look great on you, as do asymmetrical suits that highlight your neckline. One-pieces are totally in right now and look super flattering on curvy body types as they support your curves while letting them do the talking!

Best swimsuits for big thighs

If you have bigger thighs like Rhianna and J Lo stay away from boy shorts and go for leg lines that are higher cut. Since it goes straight across your gams, the boy short design will make your legs look bigger, while the high cut will create a slimmer silhouette. You should also look for bold patterns and colours on top and dramatic necklines to draw the eye upward and harmonize your bottom-heavy figure.

Best swimsuits for big breasts

Busty girls such as Sofia Vergera and Kate Upton should opt for swimsuits with lots of support. Go for tops with under wire or cup-specific fits. Thicker straps offer more support, as do high backs. And adjustable straps are key to make sure the suit fits around and supports your bust. Definitely steer clear of ruffles or any types of embellishment on top that will make your top half look even heavier.

Best swimsuits for small breasts

On the other hand, if you have small breasts like Keira Knightley or Taylor Swift, you can totally own your flat chest this summer! You can actually wear pretty much any style and make it work for you. If you really want to add some “oomph” go for suits that have extra padding or boning. If that’s not your jam, swimsuits with embellishments, ruffles and patterns will make your chest look more endowed, and the triangle shape will work wonders too!

Best swimsuits for plus size bodies

When “plus size” model Ashley Graham fronted Sports Illustrated this year, she showed everyone just how a full sized woman can rock a bikini! If you’re plus size, look for suits that accentuate your curves and support you in the right places. Go for tops with extra support in an under wire or thick strap, and bottoms that sculpt your shape. Whether it’s a bikini, tankini or one-piece you can pretty much rock them all.

Best swimsuits for rectangle bodies

Rectangle athletic bodies like Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow’s do well in swimsuits with less coverage to give the illusion of a curvier shape. Look for one-pieces with cutouts on the sides, and suits with bold prints, ruffles and embellishments for a curvier bust. When it comes to your bum, opt for showing a little cheek and go for loud prints and bright patterns to accentuate your behind. 

Best swimsuits for pregnancy

Soon-to-be mamas, whether this is your first summer with bump or not, it can be stressful finding a suit that works with a bun in the oven. Tankinis will be your best friend. Look for tankinis with flowy tops that allow for your belly to breathe, while also protecting it from the sun. Also make sure the top half has ample support. If you’re not too worried about the sun, go forth and rock a bikini! A two-piece is preferable so it’s easier for your many trips to the bathroom.

If you’ve been finding it stressful to pinpoint the best swimsuit style for your body type, I hope this guide has helped! Now go get shopping and enjoy the sun, sand, and warmth!

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Hourglass? Pear? Apple? Plus size? Curvy? Box shaped? With so many body types and bathing suits to choose from - one piece, athletic, sporty, tankini, bikini - we're dishing all our secrets to help you find the best swimsuit for YOUR body type. We explain what does and does not work, and we've even thrown in some pointers for big busts and for small chests to help you flaunt your body with style and confidence this summer!

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Kate
Kate
Kate is a freelance writer with a background in fashion, beauty and wellness. When she’s not trying out new recipes, taking a hot yoga class, or curled up with a good book, you can find her blogging about lifestyle tips and entrepreneurialism at Layered Indulgence.