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The Ultimate Swimsuit Guide: How to Find the Perfect Fit For Every Body Type

Jul 31 2014 - 4:05pm

We've resolved to put an end to the fear and frustration that comes with swimsuit shopping. With the help of the swimwear fit and style experts over at Everything but Water [1], we're breaking down the best fit tips for every body type. From curvier frames to athletic body types, we're helping to make sense of the endless swimwear options and narrowing them down to the picks that were made to fit and flatter your frame. Want to know what you should be looking for? Click on to get the experts' dos and don'ts, and then find your perfect suit — and never hate swimsuit shopping again!

Be sure to check out our bikini body workout plan, too [2]!

For even easier shopping, click your body type:

Photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret

The Pear Shape: You're curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top, like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez [9], and Jennifer Love Hewitt [10].

What to look for: The key to the perfect swimsuit is balancing your proportions and getting the coverage you need for your bottom half.

Tips and tricks from Sabra Krock and Leslie Koren, fit and style experts for Everything but Water:

Pear

ASOS Cross Front Wrap Halter Swimsuit [11] ($53)

Pear

Secret by Victoria's Secret Swim Unlined Halter [12] ($63) and Skirted High-Waist Bottom [13] ($59)

Pear

Topshop Strappy Bralette Bikini [14] ($68)

Pear

Next "Malibu" Zip One-Piece Swimsuit [15] ($91)

Pear

Robin Piccone "Bianca" Mitered Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit [16] ($138)

Pear

Urban Outfitters Mesh Cutout Racerback Bikini Top [17] ($56) and Mesh Cutout High-Waist Bikini Bottom [18] ($46)

Pear

Victoria's Secret Pink Fringe Flounce Crop Top [19] ($37-40) and Ruched Cheeky Bikini [20] ($19-23)

Large Bust: Ample cleavage; you're chesty and require more support up top like Brooklyn Decker, Katy Perry [21], and Sofia Vergara.

What to look for: If you're more well-endowed on top, then support is key. Opt for suits with underwire or molded cups to give the girls the support they need. Avoid ruffles or embellishments up top if you're hoping to minimize the focus on your chest.

Tips and tricks from Sabra Krock and Leslie Koren, fit and style experts for Everything but Water:

Large Bust

Freya Woodstock UW Plunge Swimsuit [22] ($133)

Large Bust

Becca Crochet Underwire Bikini Top [23] ($80) and Women > Clothing >Crochet Ruched Side Bikini Bottoms [24] ($48)

Large Bust

CoCo Reef Convertible Underwire Bikini Top [25] ($66)

Large Bust

Seafolly "Bella Rose" Underwire Convertible Balconette Bikini Top [26] ($121) and "Bella Rose" High Waist Bikini Bottom [27] ($71)

Large Bust

L Space Valley Girl Bikini Top [28] ($73) and Bikini Bottom [29] ($73)

Large Bust

Nanette Lepore Hula Hipsters [30] ($88) and Hula Hipsters Bottom [31] ($76)

Large Bust

Victoria's Secret Forever Sexy Convertible Halter [32] ($49-59) and Forever Sexy Matching Bottoms [33] ($29-31)

Small bust: Proportionally, you're smaller on top with an A or B cup, like Kate Hudson [34].

What to look for: A smaller chest requires less support [35], so you can look for styles with more minimal coverage or embellished detailing, bows, and patterns to create the illusion of a larger chest.

Tips and tricks from Sabra Krock and Leslie Koren, fit and style experts for Everything but Water:

Small Bust

Milly Cabana Maxime Underwire Bikini Top [36] ($105) and Cabana St. Lucia Bikini Bottom [37] ($90)

Small Bust

Topshop Spyrograph print swimsuit [38] ($72)

Small Bust

Zara Tropical Print Bikini [39] ($20)

Small Bust

Mara Hoffman Jungle Bandeau Top [40] ($130) and Jungle Trip Bikini Bottom [41] ($96)

Small Bust

Zimmermann Stardust Frill Bandeau Bikini [42] ($240)

Small Bust

Rip Curl Serenity Black and White Strapless Bathing Suit [43] ($45)

Small Bust

Touche Sunglow Bandeau Top [44] ($104) and Sunglow Hipsters [45] ($68)

Small Bust

Urban Outfitters Deep Ocean Halter One-Piece Swimsuit [46] ($88)

Small Bust

Nasty Gal Mandalynn Madison Bikini Top [47] ($78)

Small Bust

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Push-Up Bandeau Top [48] ($29-35) and Beach Sexy Ruched Bikini Bottom [49] ($23)

Athletic: You're more straight up-and-down and have fewer curves, like Cameron Diaz [50], Jessica Biel [51], and Jennifer Aniston [52].

What to look for: The name of the game is playing up your curves with styles that flaunt your frame. Suits with less coverage help to create the illusion of a shapelier figure.

Tips and tricks from Sabra Krock and Leslie Koren, fit and style experts for Everything but Water:

Athletic

Rip Curl "Love N Surf - Booty Pant" Side Tie Ruffled Bikini Bottoms [53] ($35)

Athletic

Betsey Johnson Betsy Johnson "Retro Revival" One-Piece Swimsuit [54] ($118)

Athletic

Lisa Marie Fernandez Lauren Bikini [55] ($325)

Athletic

Nasty Gal Martine Swimsuit [56] ($68)

Athletic

Solid & Striped The Morgan Striped Bikini Top [57] ($80) and Bottom [58] ($80)

Athletic

DKNY "Mesh Splice" Maillot [59] ($100)

Athletic

Zara Number Print Swimsuit [60] ($36)

Athletic

MICHAEL Michael Kors "Diamondback" Racerback Maillot [61] ($122)

Athletic

Topshop Navy Scallop Push-Up Bikini Top [62] ($36)

Athletic

Urban Outfitters Sunflower Bandeau Bikini Top [63] ($36) and Sunflower Side-Tie Bikini Bottom [64] ($42)

Tummy Concealing: You're built a little more like an apple shape and carry your weight mostly in your middle.

What to look for: Whether you prefer to be covered up or you're out to slim your middle, there are a number of one-piece and two-piece suits, like high-waisted or tankini styles, that help to smooth out your middle.

Tips and tricks from Sabra Krock and Leslie Koren, fit and style experts for Everything but Water:

Tummy Concealing

Madewell Keyhole Tanksuit [65] ($110)

Tummy Concealing

Motel '90s Leopard Print High Waisted Bikini Bottom [66] ($32)

Tummy Concealing

Noelle Lindsay Flounce Bikini Top [67] ($68) and Lindsay High-Waist Bikini Bottom [68] ($68)

Tummy Concealing

Splendid "Marcel Stripe Double Dip" Racerback Tankini & Bandeau Bikini Top [69] ($108) and Tunnel Bikini Bottoms [70] ($48)

Tummy Concealing

Zara Mesh Swimsuit [71] ($40)

Tummy Concealing

L Space Ruched Maillot [72] ($158)

Tummy Concealing

Out From Under Mix + Match Underwire Bikini Top [73] ($42) and Mix + Match Ruched High-Waist Bikini Bottom [74] ($42)

Tummy Concealing

Zimmermann Gardenia Peplum Tankini [75] ($178) and Gardenia Bottoms [76] ($108)

Tummy Concealing

Zimmermann Verano Laser Frill One Piece Swimsuit [77] ($355)

Tummy Concealing

Seychelles Mikoh Monokini One Piece Swimsuit [78] ($202)

Curvy: You're curvy throughout with a full bust, hips, thighs, and butt like Christina Hendricks, Scarlett Johansson [79], and Kim Kardashian [80].

What to look for: For curvy frames, the key is to highlight your curves while providing enough support and coverage. If you're not keen on exaggerating your curves, then steer clear of monokinis or string bikinis with thicker ties, which can accentuate your widest areas.

Tips and tricks from Sabra Krock and Leslie Koren, fit and style experts for Everything but Water:

Curvy

Wildfox Couture "Florida Garden" One-Piece Swimsuit [81] ($138)

Curvy

Lisa Maree X UO Crochet Bikini Top [82] ($100) and Crochet Bikini Bottom [83] ($85)

Curvy

H&M Sports Swimsuit in Black [84] ($25)

Curvy

LaBlanca "Let's Bond" Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit [85] ($109)

Curvy

H&M Bandeau Bikini Top in Leopard Print [86] ($5)

Curvy

Anthropologie Colorblocked Underwire Maillot [87] ($98)

Curvy

Out From Under Mix + Match Underwire Bikini Top [88] ($42) and Mix + Match Ruched High-Waist Bikini Bottom [89] ($42)

Curvy

Giejo Turquoise Check Triangle Top [90] ($145) and Solid Ribbed High Waist Bottom [91] ($110)


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