How to Choose the Most Flattering Swimsuits for Your Body Type

There is a whimsical quote that has been on the Internet for quite some time now and it says:

“How to have a beach body?

1. Have a body.

2. Go to the beach.”

The quote may be funny, but it’s also empowering and more than that it’s a reflection of the body positivity movement that aims at celebrating all types of bodies. As long as you’re happy and more importantly, healthy, it’s truly irrelevant whether you’re skinny, curvy, tall, petite, have a pear, apple or whatever ‘fruit’ figure. The significance lies in confidence, self-love, and during swimsuit and fun in the sun season – to actually go out there, flaunt what you’ve got and look your best.

Now, as there are all kinds of bodies out there, not one of them is the same, there is an entire universe of swimsuits designed to accentuate your best features and make you feel comfortable (and stylish) in your own skin. So, without further ado, here’s an amazing selection of swimsuits to suit all body types… and don’t forget to have a blast this summer!

Big and Small

This is an eternal struggle – girls who have a small bust long for a bigger one and girls who have a big chest dream of a smaller one. The grass is always greener on the other side, but it’s time to let go of what could have been and embrace our bodies, chest included, just the way they are.

So, for small chested girls, crochet bikini tops are amazing at giving a bit of volume, most likely due to the fabric. If the bohemian style is your cup of tea, you can always go with ruffled tops as they add the illusion of a larger chest, not to mention ruffles are still one of the reigning cuts of the season.

As for girls with a bigger chest, we know that the struggle is real, because there is no bikini in this world that can provide the support you need and make you look spectacular. Now, bathing suit tops that come in the form of a cup with an underwire are a whole new story. They provide you with all the support you need to feel incredibly secure and comfortable. Also look for thicker bathing suit straps and double-stitched bands for the most flattering results. As for colours, go for solid colours as bold prints such as florals only serve to pull the focus on your chest, unless that’s something you want, in which case, go for it!

I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly

“My thighs are so sexy they can’t stop touching each other.” We adore this quote, and we adore curves. So, in order to fully celebrate them and be completely bootylicious at the beach, plus size swimwear is the absolute perfect choice, especially one-piece bathing suits that hug your body right.

When in doubt, go with a diagonal print that will bring attention and visually minimize your waistline, and subsequently maximize your amazing hips and thighs. Stripes have been ruling the runways this years, so diagonal stripes are not only there to flatten you in the body department, but also show that you’re a fashion-savvy gal ready to take back the beach life. Girls are also falling in love with one-piece, one strap monokinis. Both modest and sexy, they’re perfect for beach fun and, with a bit of help from stylish kaftans, the summer inspired drinks that come after.

Sweet and Petite

Ditch the tiny ‘been there wore that’ classic bikinis and go with something different this year. High-waist bikini bottoms matched with a tee-like top is definitely a way to mix things up.

The bottoms give your outfit that pin-up retro vibe, not to mention that they do wonders at visually enhancing your booty, which is a dream for those gals out there with a tiny one. Plus, if you have love handles and you’re not very crazy about them, high-waist bottoms are a miracle worker in that department; they hide what you don’t wish people to see, and make sure all eyes are on your waist. As for the top, the sleeves can be ruffled, off-the-shoulder, full-shoulder caps, or you can even go for a full crop top. We dress up for every other occasion, so why not be a tad dressier for the beach?


Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.

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