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The Best Swimsuits for Every Body Shape

Flattering Styles for Every Figure
  -- By Natalie Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer
If you’re like most women, swimsuit season isn’t your favorite time of year. But every body is beautiful and deserves to have some fun in the sun. Whether you’re full-figured, small-chested, straight up and down or have some extra "padding," you can find a swimsuit that fits comfortably, flatters your figure and makes you feel absolutely fabulous. Strut your stuff this summer with these eight flattering swimsuit styles that are fashionable and figure-friendly.

Pear-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas
For Pear Shapes: The Playful Push Up
Because pear shapes carry extra weight on the lower half of their bodies, a push up style swimsuit will create the look of a larger bust, creating the illusion of symmetry to balance everything out. Add some cleavage with bikini tops, bandeaus or one-piece suits that add a little bit of extra oomph. Some styles with ruffles up top can make it look like you’re two cup sizes larger than you actually are, creating a balanced, hourglass figure!

This suit from LaBlanca features a sweatheart cup to add emphasis to the bust. (Find it at

For Pear Shapes: The Fabulous Fold Over 
Many pears are bootylicious babes who sometimes need swimsuits that have more coverage across the hips, thighs and butt to help conceal extra curves (or just feel comfortably "covered"). Your best bet: the fabulous fold-over bottom. This swimsuit separate will cover up your booty completely and draw onlookers’ eyes upward rather than focusing on your bottom and hips. Wear a bandeau top with this type of swimsuit bottom, or one-piece bandeau for even more coverage and balance between your small top half and full lower half. 

This fold-over bottom from Jones New York can be paired with a variety of tankini tops to create your own unique, flattering look. (Find it at

Apple-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas
For Apple Shapes: The Wondrous Wrap
Do you carry extra weight around your midsection (commonly referred to as an "apple" shape)? Then look for a fun, wrap swimsuit to create the illusion of a toned tummy. Just like a wrap-style dress, this type of swimsuit will create the look of a cinched, pretty little waist, drawing attention to your strong legs and curves.

This Gottex Ray of Light one-piece suit features a flattering wrap style as well as angled straps to make your waist look super small. (Find it at
For Apple Shapes: The Very Sexy V-Neck
Want to really flatter your figure, you lovely litte apple? Try a V-neck swimsuit style! This type of suit not only offers added support up top, but will help draw all eyes upward and away from your tummy. Want to really feel your best? Find a V-neck swimsuit that has some ruching around the midsection for added camouflage.  

This Jantzen Women's Casablanca V-Neck pairs a dramatic plunge with pin-tuck details around the straps and a very flattering shirred bodice. (Find it at

Hourglass-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas
For Hourglass Shapes: The Lovely Lift Up
Though hourglasses have curves that every woman seems to envy, they typically need some added support when choosing bikini tops. The best option is a structured suit with soft molded cups (or underwire). This will give your best assets a boost, and have you looking and feeling more confident as you run, jump and play on the beach and in the water. 

This Jag Women's Underwire Tankini provides the extra support you need. (Find it at <pagebreak>


For Hourglass Shapes: The Coveted Classic
Because your hourglass body is already symmetrical, you can get away with wearing a timeless one piece swimsuit with a print and even ruching details. A one piece will highlight your tiny waistline, thicker straps will add support where you need it most and your curvy bottom will stay covered.

This Seafolly Women's Boyleg suit offers retro styling paired with flattering ruching and supportive straps. (Find it at

Rectangle-Shaped Swimsuit Ideas

For Rectangle Shapes: The Ravishing Ruffle 
Lucky you! Rectangle shapes can wear just about anything and still look fantastic! Though straight up and down, your body type can get away with wearing bikinis, bold prints, one pieces, halters and more. One of the best things you can do to create some feminine curves is to pick swimsuits with ruffles and ruching. Pair ruffles up top with prints all over or just on your lower half, and you’ll appear to have a bigger bust, curvier waist and a rounder bottom.

This Magic Suit Women's Leah Tank One-Piece adds girlish ruffles to a faux-tanikni style suit for feminine curves. (Find it at
For Rectangle Shapes: The Tantalizing Tankini
Draw attention to the smallest parts of your body and create the look of added curves everywhere else with a tank-style swimsuit. And you, pretty rectangle, don’t have to be afraid to go bold! Try on tankinis with bright colors or prints, with bottoms that contain a belt to create the look of a curvier bottom half. These styles may look a bit "busy" on other body types, but not yours! You’ll feel sexier and more confident than ever by creating the illusion of curves.

This Fit 4 U Women's Paisley Three-Tiered V-Neck Top can be paired with your favorite tankini bottom for a super flattering look. (Find it at

For a Little Extra Coverage

If the high-cut legs of traditional bathing suit and bikini bottoms make you feel a little over exposed, fear not. There are lots of great options these days that provide added coverage without sacrificing style, no matter what your body shape is.
To add a little more fabric to your tankini bottom, check out this adorable Kenneth Cole Women's Haute Wave Rouched Skirted Swim Pant. (You can find it at



For a super flattering one-piece option, check out this Jones New York Women's Solid Bandeau Swimdress. (Find it