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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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