Flattering Swimsuits for Every Figure (Even Yours!)

Let's be honest: shopping for swimsuits isn't terribly fun. There's always a huge selection of string bikinis for women with "bikini-ready" bodies but not a lot of options for the rest of us. But that doesn't mean you can't find something perfect for your shape. To help ease your swimsuit shopping experience, we found a bunch of super cute suits for every body type.

Big bust


Always stick with solids-they do a much better job of minimizing. And never-ever!-go strapless. Try a halter with thick straps, such as this one from Target ($49.99), which emphasizes shoulders instead of your bust. Look for suits featuring underwire and nylon or Lycra fabric-it helps lift breasts and create a leaner look.

Small bust


Bandeau styles, such as this cute suit from J. Crew ($88), make the less endowed appear voluptuous. Add some built-in padding and color and you'll be ready to hit the beach. Cute bottoms also draw the eye away from the bust area.

Plus size

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The most important part of a suit is the material. Make sure you find something well structured with solid support, like this one-piece from Target ($34.99). Look for built-in bras and tummy support panels. And don't forget: halter-tops are universally flattering.

Long torso

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The best way to flatter a long torso is with a two-piece suit. A two-toned one is even better: one color on top and another on the bottom makes the waist look smaller. (Thank goodness Old Navy sells tops and bottoms separate for $14.98 each!) Also, it's best to avoid bottoms that cut straight across the waist-they aren't the best style for this body type.

Bottom heavy

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Find a suit that adds a little to the bust area-think ruffles or gathered material like this fun one from Walmart ($33). Skip string bikini bottoms and instead opt for something with more coverage made from strong material to help hold you in.

Belly bulge

Belly flattererBelly flatterer

A suit that doesn't hug your curves? Yes please! This season, blousy suits, such as this J. Crew number ($88) are all the rage. If you've got a little belly, this is the perfect suit to camouflage your trouble area-and look totally on trend!



Tight clothing isn't comfortable when you're pregnant-and maternity swimsuits are no exception. While you don't want the suit to be baggy, you do want to make sure you won't feel constricted or uncomfortable when wearing it. Skip the big prints too. Solid colors are the most flattering.

Boyish frame

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Add some femininity with a cute pattern and some ruffles or gathered material (try this one-piece from Gap, $59.95). A cute halter-top will bring the eyes towards the bosom.

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