The Best Bathing Suits for Your Body Type
Picking the right bathing suits for body types doesn't have to be daunting. Experts helped us find the right silhouettes, fabric, and styles for every shape, size, and age.
Make a splash with on-trend color blocking
“Color blocking creates bold contrasts, and it’s amazing for women of all sizes,” shares style expert and blogger, Marie Denee, of TheCurvyFashionista.com. “When you’re looking for the best bathing suits for body types of all shapes and sizes, bold and sexy can help bring on the confidence.” Try this Magicsuit Women’s Solids Lisa One-Piece for a bold, eye-catching look that accentuates natural curves.
Play up your best assets
If you feel confident in one body area or part and less so in others, you’re in good company—we can all relate to that. Jenni Burt, a swimwear style expert and the head of buying at Figleaves.com suggests, “Look for a swimsuit or bikini with added interest, such as a fun print, ruffles, or other details to draw the eye where you want it.” Curvy figures can accentuate naturally narrow waists with this Figleaves Women’s Juno Luxe Underwired One Piece. The belted-style creates a feminine, romantic silhouette.
Celebrate your adventurous nature
If you’re prone to forgetting sunscreen in these critical places like your back, shoulders, or elbows, you’ll get more time playing in the water without feeling anxious in a body-positive Coolibar UPF 50+ Long Sleeve Escalante Swimsuit. The sun protection is built right in, and the extra-flattering surf-worthy style shows off legs your proud of while keeping burn-prone upper body areas more protected.
Go overboard with color and prints
If you’re smaller on top, consider yourself gifted with an endless sea of prints, patterns, and colors. This Aviator Nation Velvet Strappy Bikini plays into everyone’s summer lust for color and lush fabrics. It’s a perfect choice for any of the best U.S. beaches, but especially anywhere in Hawaii.
It’s all in the draping
While a lot of one piece swimsuits look the same at first glance, those with clever and often-hidden features to flatter your figure like this Lands’ End Slender Surplice Swimsuit with Tummy Control offers waist-shaping fabric to help hide the evidence of ice cream-related bloating, while creating a red carpet-worthy draping effect that enhances natural curves. It’s one of the best bathing suits for body types that identify as pear or apple shaped.
Bathe your bump in style
A growing baby bump is no reason to sit swimwear season out—in fact, some of the cutest swimwear trends are for moms-to-be. This Motherhood Maternity Women’s Maternity Basic Swim Skirt comes in a range of body-celebrating sizes, offers stretchy maternity sizing that helps you wear it through several trimesters, and pairs perfectly with any top you already own and love.
This suit proves every day is a good day for a swim
We’re pretty sure you already know about period underwear thanks to our list of reusable versions of things you use every day, but we’re betting you didn’t know these Ruby Love period swimwear bikini bottoms existed, did you? They’re comfortable, versatile, and lined with a fabric designed to absorb that wears and washes just as easily as the period underwear you may already be using.
Bra-sizing is everyone’s friend
Bountiful busts need not fear swim season, because the best bathing suits for body types that have ample chests are those using bra-sized cups. You’ll get the perfect amount of lift, support, and shaping with an Empreinte Body Underwire Ruched One-Piece Swimsuit, especially since it’s available in cup sizes D through G.
For gals on the go
The best bathing suits for body types prone to active days at the beach are those that mimic your favorite gym gear, like this Free Country Oasis Zip Front Racerback Tankini Top, which can be paired with one of the brand’s matching bottoms, or any similarly-hued bottom you already love. It offers movement support, quick-drying, and the comfort of a yoga-worthy tank top that comes in a broad range of sizes.
Longer torsos have been waiting for this
If you’ve been sitting the one-piece swimwear trend out because you’re a tall, elegant woman with a longer-than-average torso, today is your lucky day. This Longitude Colorblock Banded Fan One Piece hits all the current trend prescriptions laid out by Marie Denee, and was designed with extended sizes and heights in mind. Reach for the stars, tall and gorgeous friends.
Chlorine-resistant and age-proof
This Penbrooke Krinkle Chlorine Resistant Cross Over One Piece looks just as flattering on a 20-something woman as it does on a 60-something woman thanks to tummy control fabric and careful body-enhancing construction. Go bright and happy with a summer-worthy coral shade, or opt for a slimming dark teal hue you’ll treasure for years.
Look at you, sunshine!
Need a reason to smile? This bright, cheery Cacique Blouson Swim Tankini Top is equipped with a wire-free bra, comes in sizes 14 through 28, and accentuates all the best parts of a square or apple-shaped frame while reminding the world what a ray of light you are in every season.
The only suit your overnight bag needs
If you browsed our list of the best carry-on bags and scooped one up for your next vacation, you’re in luck. This Carve Designs Sanitas Reversible Bikini offers two bathing suit designs for the price (and space) of one. It’s the ideal flattering choice for those who prefer to travel light, but also want extra support and coverage for fuller busts.
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