Swimsuits for Every Body Type

By Donna Duarte-Ladd



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Bathing Beauties

These 20 budget-friendly suits come with fool-the-eye details, hold-you-in panels and more slimming features. That means the best fit ever, no matter what your shape or size. Photo credit: Ericka McConnell























Full Middle

Angela, 52
"I'm shy about showing my stomach. It's not as flat as I'd like."

THE SUIT
The shirring hides Angela's tummy, and the asymmetrical neckline draws attention up to her face. J.Crew Off the Shoulder Tank, $118; JCrew.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

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Full Middle: Candy Striper

Diagonal stripes lengthen and slim the midsection from bust to waist. Old Navy Striped Keyhole Halter Swimsuit, $29.94; OldNavy.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell






















Full Middle: Back in Black

Crisscrossing swathes of gathered fabric camouflage the tummy. Ann Taylor Wrap One Piece, $108; AnnTaylor.com Photo credit: Erick McConnell
























Full Middle: Flower Power

Strategic seams slim the belly. Ocean Dream Signature Garden Path Boy Leg Retro One-Piece, $94; QVC.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

























Wide Hips

Kate, 30
"Yes, I'm a little bottom-heavy, but I don't want to cover up in sarongs."

THE SUIT
A retro-style maillot that comes down a little lower elongates Kate's torso and covers her hips. Athleta Siren Bra Cup One Piece, $89; Athleta.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

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Wide Hips: Criss Cross

A faux-wrap-skirted bottom cloaks below-the-waist bulges. LOFT Halter Tankini and Wrap Skirt, $44.50 each; LOFT.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

























Wide Hips: If You Like Pina Coladas

High leg openings elongate gams. Victoria's Secret Bandeau Top, $52, and Foldover Low-Rise Bottom, $31.50; VictoriasSecret.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell


























Wide Hips: Hips Don't Lie

The patterned top and dark bottom balance a pear-shaped frame. Sonoma Rhythmnation Tankini and Bottom, $39 each; Kohls.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
























Boyish Build

Zoraya, 35
"I'd love to find a cute bathing suit that gives me some curves."

THE SUIT
Zoraya's tankini shows a sliver of skin that breaks up her straight frame. Mossimo for Target Rope Halter Tankini Top, $22.99, and Side Tab Bottom, $19.99; Target.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

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Boyish Build: Lady in Red

How to fake curves: a sweetheart neckline and an itsy-bitsy bottom. Arizona Bow Bikini Top and Bottom, $15 each; JCP.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

























Boyish Build: Surfer Girl

A solid short puts focus on a chest-enhancing horizontal-print top. Jaclyn Smith Mix & Match Swim, $21.99 each; KMart.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell























Boyish Build: Ruffle Your Feathers

A ruffled V-neck accents the bust. Old Navy Mix & Match Tankini, $24.94, and Boy-Short Bottom, $19.94; OldNavy.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell


























Plus Size

Elizabeth, 29
"I'm happy with my curves, so why can't I find a suit that's fun and flirty in my size?"

THE SUIT
Elizabeth's paisley one-piece keeps the eye moving past any trouble spots. Swim Solutions Paisley Glam Sheath, $94; at Macy's stores Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

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Plus Size: Skirt the Issue

Hide trouble spots with a flouncy skirt and a graphic print. Croft & Barrow Be Tiffany's Bandeaukini, $38 each; Kohls.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
























Plus Size: Power Player

Gathered sides nip in your middle. Assets Power Suit Push-Up Tankini and High-Rise Bottom, $29.99 each; at Target stores Photo credit: Ericka McConnell























Plus Size: Pretty in Paisley

A slimming Lycra/spandex blend. Lands' End Plus Size Slender Paisley Tulip 1-Piece, $155; LandsEnd.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell



























Large Chest

ILIANA, 50
"Bust support is important to me-I don't want to look saggy on the beach."

THE SUIT
Extra-wide straps and built-in molded cups give the bustline a lift. DreamShaper by Miraclesuit Shirade One Piece Swimsuit, $92; QVC.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

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Large Chest: Blue Belle

Minimize your bust; maximize your look. Adjustable halter-neck straps let you customize the level of lift. Unique Vintage Retro-style Swimsuit, $75; UniqueVintage.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
























Large Chest: Retro Fit

Wide straps for comfy support. Lands' End Beach Living Princess Bikini Top, $50, and Banded Bikini Bottom, $40; LandsEnd.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell


























Large Chest: Polka Queen

The plunging V-neck celebrates ample cleavage. L.L.Bean Summer Harbor Swim Dress, $89.95; LLBean.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

























Cute Coverup: Cabana Girl

For those walks from beach to boardwalk, try one of these tunics on for size. Each combines a pretty print with clever design elements.

Don't fear the oversize palm print: A tie at the bust cinches in the sides for a shapely silhouette. Nautica Tunic, $83; SwimSpot.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell




















Cute Coverup: Flower Child

A slightly more structured look featuring the season's tribal trend. Capelli New York Tunic, $19.95; eRetailmall.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell

























Cute Coverup: Easy, Breezy

A casually cool print and a bias-cut hem make for easy, breezy style. Echo Graphic Diamonds Butterfly Cover-Up, $48; EchoDesign.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell













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