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The Best Swimsuits for Every Body Shape

Flattering Styles for Every Figure

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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 Amazon.com.)



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 Amazon.com.)

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Member Comments

  • Disappointed in model choices. Not one is "real". Article not helpful. Distracting and insulting, actually. - 8/13/2014 9:07:40 AM
  • Swimming is my sport. I want a swim suit that I can actually swim in, not something that has pads and folds just to cover up imaginary imperfections. If people don't like the way I look in it, too bad for them; just look away. Besides, the whole point is to be in the water and once you're in there, nobody really sees the figure of your body anyway. I think I look fabulous for 43, cellulite, tummy, and all.
    I usually buy my swimsuits in Germany, where people are less worried about body image. In the US, the only decent swim suits you can get are Tyr, Nike, or Speedo, but they start with the padding at a size 14, which makes them useless to me.
    Articles like this feed into the obsession with looks. So who cares if you're 200-300 pounds!? Get in your swimsuit and swim them off! Anyone who stares has their own issues. - 4/15/2014 9:38:40 PM
  • This is just not helpful to the 200+ lb body! For me, even when I was young, in-shape, and weighing 103 bs, it was my LEGS I wanted to cover up!! I've always had large legs and lots of spider veins on very white skin. Okay, I know, it's my self-image issues, but it's the danged truth. - 4/15/2014 5:27:18 PM
  • After reading this article, I asked my wife to come read it.

    Her comment pretty much spoke to the hypocrisy of this article when she said, "None of those models have a pear shaped or apple-shaped body. None of them have hips that look like they have had children - there's probably not a stretch mark or a spot of fat on any of their bodies. Actually, if any of those models have a BMI over 21 I would probably feint. If they are going to say this is a god suit for a pear-shaped body, show it on a pear shaped body. Some of those models could have been me - 43 years and two children ago."

    "I thought you told me how big this Spark thing was on being comfortable in your own skin. Just another way some marketing company supports the unreasonable expectations of society. No wonder men are marrying so much older. They have to experience reality for at least 10 years before they can learn it's about the person on the inside."

    She's got a point. To see that number of women while walking in the mall, it would take you at least an hour to find that many tight bodies.

    I know what kind of swim suit I need. This old codger would look best in an extra large t-shirt with swim trunks shaped like the not-so-shorts basketball players wear. - 3/15/2014 2:10:37 AM
  • Could you please do a page like this for the men. - 12/27/2013 11:42:47 PM
  • Well, with the exception of the last example, I didn't really see much of anything for women over fifty. Let's face it, unless you can afford plastic surgery, stuff is just going to sag after a certain age. Not to mention, by fifty you probably have a few scars from a "real" surgery or two. And, yes, we still care how we look in a swimsuit. - 11/17/2013 11:51:24 PM
  • Pears, apples, rectangles and hourglasses? All these slender women look like a #1 on a door. Anything would look good on them, even a burlap sack. - 9/30/2013 9:06:33 AM
  • SMUJAMBO
    I understand what Coach Nicole is saying, but if you look at the pictures on amazon there are three body-type suits (probably more; I stopped after 3) on THE SAME MODEL. So apparently the one model is pear shaped, apple shaped, AND hourglass shaped. That being said, I appreciate the tips on how to "disguise" problem areas. - 6/5/2013 11:59:15 AM
  • Well, I guess I am the odd one out because I liked the article because it gave me IDEAS of what to wear that will look nice on my shape. It is a known fact that the stock models are practically anorexic and/or airbrushed, and that is how it has been for a long time. No need to go nuts over it.

    I love to don my bathing suit and head to the beach or pool, and I do so every summer. I practically LIVE in the pool all summer long. Last year I was close to 220 pounds and on my small frame, that is not a pretty site, but I don't care, I just search for suits that enhance my figure and make the most of it. This summer I am down to less than 160 after lots of hard work and dedication, but I am still not to my goal weight and I still have a lot of flab all over. But nonetheless, I got some new [cute] bathing suits that look decent on my pear figure (very flat chested, very big bottom) and I am thrilled and happy. I buy all of my suits on-line, haven't tried one on in a store in YEARS and I always am happy with my purchases....sinc
    e I swim pretty much every day during the summer, I have LOTS of suits. I say be happy and be proud of yourself and your body regardless of your size or shape. - 6/4/2013 8:00:51 PM
  • sorry, that was www.junonia.com, a womens sports and leisure clothing catalog, they do use models over a size 12. - 6/4/2013 7:15:09 PM
  • this is very typical of any article or magazine, i get magazines all the time from WOMENS PLUS SIZE clothing companies and just as this article did, the models used are super thin, and the clothes are hanging off of them, looking as if they are wearing a tent!!!!
    a shame!!!!
    its bad enough that they dont at least try to use plus size models, but they use super thin models/
    i could not tell you if one of those swimsuits was on an apple or a pear shaped woman, they all looked alike to me.
    i am actually currently shopping for a swimsuit, and this article was far from helpful.
    just once, just one time i would like to see a woman who is a size 18, wearing a size 18 swimsuit....not a size 6 wearing a size 6, followed by an article telling us plus sizes we will look that way in the suit.
    the closest i have found is junonia, it does have plus size models.
    its the only one i have ever seen that even comes close to depicting real women in real sizes.
    try again. - 6/4/2013 7:13:12 PM
  • RUNNINGINOR
    I appreciate Coach Nicole's response to the comments on this article. However, I would rather not even have an article like this featured in Sparkpeople if the photos are all like ones I would see in any magazine. I FAR MORE appreciate it when Sparkpeople DOES spend the time and resources to conduct a realistic photo shoot with realistic body shapes. - 6/4/2013 5:23:11 PM
  • While the tips are probably helpful, I doubt readers are connecting with them when all the models are the same hourglass figure. Show the flatting outfit on the shape you're supposed to be flattering. kthx. - 6/4/2013 3:07:41 PM
  • I thought this was actually a really helpful article. Totally practical. Thank you! - 6/4/2013 2:25:35 PM
  • Thank you for the explanation, Coach Nicole. It is nice to know the reasons behind what happens on Sparkpeople. - 6/4/2013 2:03:43 PM

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