Every woman has experienced it. Standing half naked in a poorly lit changing room surrounded by mirrors, with all of her insecurities on display to her – from every angle. We are our own worst critics. I’ve had full on melt downs from the frustration of trying on bathing suits specifically. The self deprecating sentiments get worse the longer I stand there staring at myself. No matter your size or your weight, trying to find a bathing suit that covers everything and fits you in all the right places is so hard. Sadly, many bathing suits aren’t made with varying body types in mind – it’s more of a “one size fits all” mentality. We need swimsuits for all shapes and sizes!

From curvier frames to athletic body types, we’re helping to make sense of the endless swimwear options and narrowing them down to the choices that were made to fit and flatter your frame. Click to jump to your need:

Tummy Small Chest Large Chest Small Booty
Big Booty Athletic Body Curvy Body Short Torso
Back Fat Full Thighs Wide Hips Burn Easily

 

1. Tummy Concealing

Via Miracle Suit

This tummy control bathing suit smooths the area with the wrap around band. The v-neckline directs the eyes away from the tummy and the ruching detail on the wraps adds to the slimming effect! Hiding a tummy is actually much easier than most people think. Peplums, for example, aren’t just great to wear to the office – they are also perfect for a day at the beach. A full-piece with ruching can also help to conceal your stomach. Choosing any one-piece with a plunging neckline with help to keep the focus upwards, rather than on your mid-section.

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2. Small Chest

Via Asos

Finding a suit that flatters your bust can be a challenge. The best bet for a gal with a smaller chest is to go for a top with embellishments or ruffles to give the illusion of a larger chest. Alternatively, a suit with padding can help to give you a little somthin’ somethin’ extra.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Flaunt what you have, and fake what you don’t. If you’re looking to create more cleavage, opt for an underwire bra top (or padding). A structured top will shape what you have, while padded cups can actively fake more if that’s the look you’re after.
  • Distract, distract, distract. Ruffles, bold prints, and splashes of color are all far busier than a simple, solid suit and can claim an onlooker’s attention.
  • Embrace what you can wear. Tiny tops and unique shapes are cute but often spell disaster for women with larger chests. Trendy styles are easy to conquer when support isn’t mandatory, so go ahead and play around with fun cuts.

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3. Large Chest


Via Asos

Try to stay away from string bikinis, opt for a bathing suit top or a one piece with underwire and cups. Cup sizes and underwire will offer you the support you need so your boobs won’t be all over the place when you take a dip. Also look for thicker bathing suit straps and double-stitched bands for the most flattering results.
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4. Small Booty


Via SeaFolly

This swimsuit has a deep back and the bottom goes up high to show leg and some cheek. This high cut is great for adding shape to bottoms of all sizes. It makes a smaller butt look fuller and gives a larger butt great shape.
This is another time when frills and ruching come in handy, as they give the illusion of a bigger behind. Opt for bottoms in bright colors and loud prints to try and distract from a flatter tush. Also, showing a little cheek is preferably to full-coverage bottoms.
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5. Big Booty

Via Rotita

If you’ve got an ample backside, string bikinis and high-cut swimsuits can often be uncomfortable and a bit too revealing. You’ll need a suit with enough fabric in that area so you’re not constantly tugging for more coverage or picking a wedgie. So beyond avoiding Brazilian and other skimpy cut swimsuits, you should look for designs with solid bottoms and printed tops — which will help balance out your big booty.
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6. Athletic Body

The goal here is to give the illusion of more curves, which is easily done with a top with cups, padding and gathering, and by picking girlie prints and bright colors. Don’t go for straight-across bandeaus, boy-cut briefs or shapeless full-pieces, as this will only enhance your athletic figure.

This style of the zigzag effect and blocking of the prints draws the eye from shoulder to bust to legs, suggesting curves. And, you don’t have to worry about your swimsuit slipping off during activities on the beach!

What to look for: The name of the game is playing up your curves with styles that flaunt your frame. Suits with less coverage help to create the illusion of a shapelier figure.

Tips and tricks:

  • Tops or bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments add intrigue and feminine flair and can create the appearance of more curve at top and bottom.
  • Monokinis create fabulous curves, as do one-pieces with slashes or strategically placed cutouts.
  • The smaller the swimsuit bottom, the fuller and curvier the derrière appears.
  • Tie-side bikini bottoms enhance curves and adjust perfectly to your size.

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7. Curvy Body


Via Torrid

This slimming one piece bathing suit with sleeves add more shoulder width, evening out your top and bottom. The unique placement if the color blocking and patterns intentionally slim the mid-section.

What to look for: A swimsuit that gives the illusion of a defined waist using color blocks with contrasting colors that go from light to dark – this helps give the illusion of a tiny middle. A deep V-neck style with cinching at the waist can also emphasize your waist and draw the eyes to your midsection.
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8. Short Torso

Via MissGuideDus

The trick to elongating a short torso is adding length and lifting the bustline. Low-rise bottoms make your torso appear longer and halter straps draw attention to your neck and shoulders, making people skim over your short mid-section.
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9. Back Fat

Via SwimSpot

The last thing you want is a suit with thin straps that will dig into your skin and make those dreaded flesh folds even more pronounced. So reach for designs with thicker straps and high backs to smooth any lumps and bumps.
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10. Full Thighs

Via Venus

To try and flatter a fuller thigh, opt for a swim dress. The skirt component conceals part of your upper leg (and feel free to skip the bikini wax).
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11. Wide Hips

Overlays help broaden shoulders. One piece swimsuits for a small bust give the upper body balance when paired with slim and sleek bodies by evening you’re your proportions. It’s all about balancing out your shoulders and hips. And since you’ve got plenty of hip, pick a suit that gives the illusion of an elongated clavicle. These off-the-shoulder numbers will do the trick.
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12. Burns Easily

Sun-sensitive ladies have it tough. You want to catch some rays, but you don’t want to look or feel like a boiled lobster afterwards. But beyond having a coverup and SPF 50 sunblock at the ready, your swimsuit can also provide a bit of stylish protection. Consider the rashguard. The long-sleeved tops aren’t just for serious surfers anymore and they also come in a variety of fun, eye-catching prints.

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Good luck in that change room, I hope one of these swimsuits is the perfect fit! Share your experience in the comments below to spark a discussion and get a consensus going about which swimsuits are for all body types, truly.