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Style tips for finding the best swimwear for your body shape

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Buying swimwear need not be a horror-filled event.  Arm yourself with my styling tips to find flattering swimwear that will have you hitting the beach in confident style.

Apple:  Generally carry your weight around the middle

  • Opt for ruching, gathering or shirring at the waist
  • Cross-over styles are great for hiding tummy
  • High-waisted bikinis are oh-so flattering

Pear Shape: Smaller on top, curvier at hips and thighs.

  • Opt for plunging necklines or details on top to draw the eye upward and away from the bottom
  • Avoid boy shorts, wide bottoms or extra fabric on the bottom

Curvy:  Full bust, hips, thighs, and butt

  • Highlight your curves
  • Colour blocking one-pieces
  • Retro-inspired bikinis with high waists and boxy halter tops

Large Bust: Proportionally Larger on Top

  • Full bust requiring more support
  • Bra-style tops with wider straps and underwiring
  • Halter-style tops with structured cups help with ‘gravity’ issues

Small Bust: Proportionally Smaller on Top, cup size usually A or B

  • Choose tops with ruffles, bold prints and patterns on top to create illusion of a larger bust
  • Triangle tops are great for illusion of curves
  • Hail the push-up bra!

Athletic:  Less curvy, generally straight up-and-down 

  • Go all out with tops and bottoms of prints, patterns, ruffles and embellishments
  • Cut-outs help to soften and add femininity


Style Info, left to right:  Sunseeker Basix Empire Bandeau top (with straps) $139.95; Fantasie full cup bra $84.95 and high rise brief $69.95; Jets Spellbound DD_E cup banded one piece $209; Jets 50′s gathered one piece $149; Nancy Ganz Hide Your Tummy swimsuit $179.95 – all at

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