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Suits to Flatter Any Body Shape

Q: Which style is best if I have a small bust?

A: If you want to accentuate and highlight the bust you do have, a hidden underwire is not the only option. In many cases, a connected bikini top or a top with removable breast padding will result in the same supportive, maximizing effect. In addition, bikini tops with triangle or other shaped cups tend to create curves. A tie-front bikini top can be tightened to create subtle cleavage, as well. You will want to avoid bandeau-style bikini tops, adjustable bikini tops (any top where the cups are not connected) or tube-style swimsuits, as these styles tend to diminish curves.

Q: Which style will enhance curves if I have a boy shape?

A: To accentuate curves in a boy shape, look for a swimsuit with a high cut leg and a low, curve-enhancing neckline. Try to find a suit that gathers around the neckline; these gathers will make a boy shape seem much curvier. You will want to avoid dark-colored, tank-style swimsuits that draw attention away from the shape of your body.

Q: Which style of suit will provide the support I need for large busts, but still look fun and attractive?

A: A hidden underwire is best for providing bra-style support, but it will also maximize the appearance of your breasts. If you would like to stay away from the obvious look of an underwire, there are several other options that will offer similar support. A halter top, with its thick straps, will lift and support the weight of your breasts for a flattering look. If you would like to minimize the appearance of your breasts, a bandeau-style top, an adjustable top, or a top with wide-set straps will separate your breasts and make them appear smaller. Try to avoid connected triangle tops that do not offer the right amount of support or coverage.

Q: How do I find a flattering suit in a plus size?

A: If you have a lot of curves and you want to show them off, look for a fitted, waist-defining swimsuit that will accentuate your hour-glass figure. Try a swimsuit with a high percentage of Lycra or spandex that will provide enough stretch to smooth out any bulges. Also, choose a swimsuit with a high cut leg to accentuate the natural curves of your hips. Our suggestion for plus sizes is a long tankini top in a bright color paired with a more subdued bottom with a high cut leg.

Q: What style of suit will conceal and flatter my pear shape?

A: As always, no matter what your particular body shape may be, the key to a flattering swimsuit is accentuating your positive characteristics in order to draw attention away from less desirable characteristics. For women with pear shapes, the best swimsuit is one with an eye-catching top in a pattern or bright color and a bottom in a darker color that draws attention away from hips and thighs. To accentuate the bust and upper body, try pairing a halter-style bikini or tankini top with a dark bottom with high cut legs.

Q: How do I find a swimsuit that will lengthen my short torso?

A: Women with short torsos can often appear stocky in the wrong type of swimsuit. To lengthen the torso and give the impression of length and litheness, try a bikini with a halter-style top to draw attention to the bust and shoulders. You will want to pair this top with a bikini bottom that sits low on the hips to expose as much skin as possible in the torso. Conversely, if you want to de-emphasize a long torso, try a suit with a high-cut leg. Bottoms with high-cut legs tend to lengthen the legs while bottoms that sit lower on the hips tend to lengthen the torso.

Q: How do I make my big thighs appear less obvious in my swimsuit?

A: To conceal or flatter big thighs, try choosing a swimsuit with a light-colored, attention-grabbing top and a dark-colored, more demure bottom. Extra detail and light color in the top will draw eyes up and away from your thighs. In addition, always choose a bottom with high-cut legs. The high cut will lengthen the appearance of your legs and stop the swimsuit from cutting across an unflattering part of your body.

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