Swimwear Guide for Every Body Shape

No need for the fluff, I’ll get straight to the point and give you a real girl’s guide to Instagram worthy swimwear. Here is my legit guide to the best swimsuits this summer.


No need for the fluff, I’ll get straight to the point and give you a real girl’s guide to Instagram worthy swimwear. Here is my legit guide to the best swimsuits this summer.

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For any fuller shapes, a wrapped fit can do wonders to flatter your every angle. Be sure to choose a suit that allows you to show off your best assets — such as a halter that frames your shoulders or a slight sweetheart neck if you’re up for a bit of cleavage — while the strategic twisting will give you an instant hourglass shape.

Cutout swimsuits are dominating summer style, and thankfully there are options for every comfort level, from teeny-tiny slices to full-on lattice work. If you’re worried about funky tan lines, we’d say this trend is worth it.

Minimalist bathing suits can be surprisingly challenging to find in plus sizes, as so many brands feel the need to add ruching, twists, or some sort of fabric detailing. Think of this as the palate cleanser to all other swim trends this season. To pull it off, stick to solid colors, avoid ornaments, and look for designs that cut higher up on your hip.

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The goal here is to give the illusion of more curves, which is easily done with a top with cups, padding and gathering, and by picking girlie prints and bright colors. Don’t go for straight-across bandeaus, boy-cut briefs or shapeless full-pieces, as this will only enhance your athletic figure.

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A low-cut French style: Experts agree this style, with skinny straps attached like a traditional bra, is often the most flattering on small chests. Cuts can vary, but the spacing of the straps allows for the scoop to go super low, a dangerous dip for busty women, but perfect for making the most of smaller cup sizes.

A center tie: Whether it’s an ornamental bow or a design switcheroo, having ties that can be tightened at the center will help pull breasts closer together, creating cleavage. The opportunity to personalize the fit is also paramount for women with smaller rib cages.

A true string bikini: The trusty pick is a good one, since the movable triangle pieces can easily be slid to the outer side of the torso, exposing your curves wherever they may be. The option to adjust to your bod is wise since a top with anchored pieces can often read as oversize on a small chest.


The most important rule when shopping for swimwear is to buy according to your bra size. However, if you’re at a mall or on a site that doesn’t offer bikini tops according to your cup, all hope is not lost: There are certain silhouettes that can work — as long as you can buy the top and bottom of the suit separately.

The Solution: Buy your sets separately.
Nowadays, most retailers will sell their tops and bottoms separately, so it’s easier to mix-and-match your perfect fit — which saves you from some incognito hanger-switching. This particular top has padded cups and elastic at the bottom, all of which work together to give you the support you need.

The Solution: Seek out adjustability.
Again, when shopping from limited size offerings, it’s all about making the pieces work for you. Adjustable straps are key for personalizing the support you get.

The Solution: Top that extends a bit below the cup.
Like in a bustier, the fabric of this striped top (ranging from 30D to 36G) goes a little further down the torso for additional grip.



Short Legs: If you want to elongate shorter legs, go for suits with high cuts in the leg (a la Kelly Kapowski). Since you are showing more skin, it will make your gams appear longer. And if you’re really brave, go for a thong for optimal lengthening potential.


Need to know where to buy some of the insanely cute swimsuits? Check out my updated swimsuit shipping list with stores listed! Let me know if this guide was helpful and you would like to see more guides in the future.


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Author: Sophisticated Poser

amanda bell. model + editor for blog sophisticated poser. the personal style of a northern california transplant from texas. blogging about my personal style, street style, and helping you curate the perfect closet. founder of Because Women Love Brunch #BWLBrunch

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