We live in a world where every swimsuit model appears to have the perfect body. For the rest of us, curves really do exist. With so many different types of swimwear styles out there, it can be intimidating to decide what style would be most flattering to your very unique body. What looks amazing on your bestie may or may not be doing you any favors. Let’s walk through a few different body types and styles that flatter them so that you can find the suit that looks best on YOU.
If you have a small bust, there are plenty of ways to give your girls a little extra oomph (silicon-free!) Triangle top bikinis outline the bust and tend to give the illusion that there is something there (even if there really isn’t.) The Seafolly Field Trip Scuba Triangle bikini is made of neoprene (that’s right, the stuff your wetsuit is made of) and has an added layer of padding to give your bust a fuller look. If you’re looking for a little more natural look, bralette bikini tops are about to be your new favorite style. Natural, shapely and oh-so-flattering, bralette tops like the Vitamin A Neutra Vista bikini top provide a band under the bust for an extra lift and just the right amount of cleavage so you’ll never again be tempted to stuff with socks.
Those of us who have been a bit more “blessed” in this region have a completely different issue altogether. In your case, ladies, I would navigate toward underwire bikini tops with the perfect amount of support to keep the girls perky and happy but still covered and under control. The brand new Bittersweet Rubik bikini by Maaji is an excellent option that comes with removable straps to keep you tan-line-free while sitting still and comfortably held in place while on the move. Another phenomenal option is a crop top like this Summer Sebastian Midi Halter bikini. We can thank the D-cup gods that this elongated top is not only available, but is SUPER trendy right now. Rest assured that the support you’ll receive in this one is TOP-notch. Many swimwear companies have suits specifically designed for women with larger chests (check out our D+ cup section), as designers realize that it can be hard for women with this body type to find swimwear that makes them feel comfortable. Also be sure to check out designers like PilyQ and Vitamin A Swimwear since they have a lot of options for you D cup divas.
Have you recently had a baby, or maybe shed a few pounds, and want to cover stretch marks or scars? Are you finding as a new mom at the beach that you need to be a bit more covered but are having a hard time giving up your beloved skimpy brazilian bikini? No fear, ladies. You are not doomed to a lifetime of boring one pieces. Check these babies out: monokinis. They are exactly what their name suggests: your favorite ‘kini but in one piece, providing you the extra coverage in all the right places. Get them in all shapes and sizes, as is evidenced by the super creatively shaped Deep Blue Sharkbite Monokini by Sabz. Get them brazilian cut, open-backed, high-necked, or even plunging neck like the Dani Black monokini.
If you did recently have a baby, you may also be trying to work on the baby belly. (Don’t stress about that, girl – you have enough to deal with chasing that new toddler around!) But if you find yourself needing to cover the tummy, I would suggest high-waisted bikinis. Look for a bright colored or fun top to draw attention to your upper half, then pair it with a super flattering high-waisted bottom. Also, prints can take away attention from your body and direct that attention towards the suit, regardless of the cut. But also, remember, your body is beautiful and most women think they have more of a tummy than they actually do.
For those of you ladies out there who are carrying a little more in the trunk (affectionately referred to as pear-shaped), show off your badonkadonk with pride! After all, Beyonce and J.Lo love to show off their assets. However, if you want to keep the attention away from the rear, I would advise against boyshorts or high waisted bikinis, as these tend to accentuate the backside (but, if that’s your preference, do yo thang!) I might suggest finding an attention-drawing top, like a flutter top or a strappy caged bikini top to balance out the heavier lower half. Finish it off with a basic hipster bottom like the Kendall Neon bikini from Milonga above.
Last, but certainly not least, is the athletic/stocky build. Some of us may not naturally have curves, but as women, we’re pretty skilled at creating the illusion that we do! Choose feminine cuts, prints, and details to soften your look. Some ideas range from sweetheart necklines, ruffle details, and flirty floral prints. Maaji’s Blossom Crits bikini combines all three, making it the feminine pièce de résistance!
At the end of the day, my best advice is to find the swimsuit you feel comfortable in. We all have body hang ups, but our uniqueness makes us who we are. Embrace that uniqueness as your own, and show it off in the suit that accentuates YOU. Remember, if you’re ever browsing our catalog and want advice on what would play up your best features, feel free to contact us, and we’d be happy to help