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The Best Swimsuits for Every Body Shape

Flattering Styles for Every Figure

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 Continued ›
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Member Comments

  • Choice of models is so bad! So So Bad. - 10/30/2015 10:09:46 AM
  • If you want to buy swimsuits for real women with real curves, try www.swimsuitsfora
    I've gotten some beautiful swimsuits, even bikinis, from them that flatter full figured women no matter where your curves are positioned. They also celebrate the curves instead of suggesting how to hide them. - 6/11/2015 9:13:35 AM
  • ridiculous article. if you are going to talk about swimsuits for heavier persons who are already self conscious in a suit, why can't you use models that ARE a little heavier, DO have problem areas.....
    not helpful - I can see these suits and these models (perfect looking) in any mainstream magazine or catalog.
    VERY disappointed that SP would even post such a ridiculous article. - 4/28/2015 9:46:02 AM
  • I love the Esther Williams swimsuits. They're not much more than a regular one piece and made in the USA. They're very retro and flatter many figures and sizes. Highly, highly recommend checking them out. - 3/13/2015 4:50:40 PM
    feeling terribly insulted. Unbelievable that thin models are chosen for fat women who haven't been swimming for years because there ARE NO cool swimsuits for us. Thin models who would look good in ANYTHING, and who had no discernible pear or apple about them.

    next time, just forthrightly rub our noses in our own fatness instead of tricking us into wasting time on an article that obviously wasn't written for us. - 10/31/2014 9:13:05 AM
  • 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
    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, a womens sports and leisure clothing catalog, they do use models over a size 12. - 6/4/2013 7:15:09 PM

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