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Question:
What is the best swimsuit for my body shape?

Answer: Swimsuit season is quickly approaching, especially if you’ve already booked that awesome warm weather spring break trip. Working on a beach body may be at the top of your list, but (since we don’t always have the time), it helps to hunt for swimwear that flatters your specific body shape. With so many great swimsuits on the market, you’ll find one that suits your shape in no time. Sometimes the style that we think would look best isn’t actually the most flattering. By tweaking a couple of factors, you can optimize the way you look in a swimsuit and find the best style for your body.

If you have a small bust:

Steer clear of strapless bandeau tops. These will actually press down on your chest and give you minimal lift and support. Instead, try wearing triangle bikini tops with a little bit of padding or “push-up” to them. Ruffle or fringe tops are also you’re best friend because they’ll add volume to the bust area and create the illusion of a larger cup size. Lastly, try bathing suit tops with horizontal lines to also create the illusion of volume.

If you’re pear shaped:

Try a one piece with a higher cut on the bottom to elongate your legs. Tankinis are also a great option because they help lengthen your body. You can also try a strong bikini because this style bottom will show off a bit more leg (boy short style bottoms will actually cut you off and make your bottom area appear larger). Finally, one piece suits with a V neck line will draw attention to your bust and away from your hips.

If you have a round body shape:

Aim for one piece or tankini suits with a ruched middle to help flatten your stomach area. Some one piece suits also come with side detail such as color blocking or side ruching, which will give the illusion of a slimmer frame. For bikini’s, look for suits that have wide bands to help offer more support.

If you have a large bust:

Try a bikini top with underwire for extra support. Some bikini tops even mimic the look of a bra so you can be sure your girls will stay put in your suit. Wide straps and think lower band will also offer more support and make your chest look smaller. Consider trying a one piece suit with a deep V—it’ll show off your cleavage while covering the rest of your bust area.

Do you have any tips and tricks for how to find your best swimsuit?