Stylish Swimsuits to Flatter Every Body Type

Once the weather starts getting warmer, many of us get new swimsuits on the brain. Even during the cooler months of the year, a tropical vacation to a warmer place definitely warrants a new and beautiful bathing suit.

Women's Regular TrimLine Solid Shirred Front Tank Swimsuit by Lands End

A new swimsuit can mean so much more than a desired trip to the beach. Swimsuits can be our motivation to drop a few extra pounds or to tone our muscles for more definition, six-pack abs, or simply a slimmer figure. New swimsuits can also be a great way to ring in the summer and hot weather.

Even if you aren’t looking to slim down or lose a few extra pounds, you can still find a swimsuit to flatter your own body type. Swimsuit designers are now creating swimwear specific to the different body types, often mentioning the key attributes in the swimsuit’s description online or at the store. Even bathing suits plus size have significantly improved in quality and style in recent years.

Women's Regular All-over Control Slender Tunic Swimsuit by Lands EndIf you want to find a stylish swimsuit to flatter your figure, keep two things in mind. (1.) Fashion experts and designers want you to look and feel great in your swimwear, so they are trying to make different swimsuits to flatter different body types; and (2.) You should keep your favorite color combos and patterns in mind as you seek out a stylish swimsuit to flatter your body type. You can always match the swimsuit style to your figure and match the pattern and colors to your own preferences. That way you end up with a kickass bathing suit that looks great and accentuates your best features or enhances various other parts of you.

Some of the popular trends for swimsuits this season include swimwear with ruffles, swimwear with cut-outs, color-blocking, and of course, patterns and prints boasting florals, tribal designs, and more, according to Kim McGowan of

No matter what your body type, read on for the top swimsuits that will flatter your figure and make you feel great this summer!

Swimsuits for the Apple Body Shape
Women with an apple body shape tend to hold most of their weight around the midsection, particularly the stomach. This can be due to stress, eating habits, etc. To find a flattering swimsuit for the apple body shape, consider looking for swimsuits that elongate your middle.

“Miraclesuit® ‘Oceanus’ One-Piece, on sale at Nordstrom, has plenty of support for the chest in the form of an underwire bra,” says Kim McGowan of “The faux-wrap detail and continual ruching at the sides of the waist slims as well as camouflages problem areas. The solid color also helps to elongate the frame, giving the allusion of a longer, leaner midsection.”

(At the time of this posting, the Miraclesuit Oceanus One-Piece is not currently available at Nordstrom.)

For women with an apple shape who are searching for a trendy floral swimsuit, McGowan suggests the Magnolia print swim suit for sale at Lane Bryant.

“This all the things apples need in a suit plus a flattering floral print that is proportional to their size,” McGowan says.

Swimsuits for Pear Body Shape
The pear body shape typically involves a thinner or even athletic upper body and fuller hips and/or butt. To flatter your figure if you have a pear body shape, consider ways to emphasize and draw attention to your upper body while choosing less distracting pieces for your lower half.

“The key to finding a swimsuit for a pear shape is to emphasize the best asset of the shape,” McGowan says. “Pear shapes have great arms, shoulders and abs. Draw the eye upward by emphasizing the shoulder line with halter-style tops with lots of embellishments like ruffles. Pears can wear lots of pattern on top to draw the eye upwards while wearing a dark colored bottom with a medium to high-cut on the hips to elongate and slim the leg.”

For women with pear body shapes, Kim McGowan suggests MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS ‘South Beach Border’ Halter Tankini from Lord & Taylor.

Swimsuits for Hourglass Figures
Lucky women with the hourglass figure may still have a difficult time selecting a swimsuit for their figure – simply because there are countless options, colors, and styles of swimwear to fit their needs. At this point, women with the hourglass figure should consider all swimsuit types and decide on either the colors or bathing suit style that they most desire.

“Women with an hourglass figure boost a proportional top and bottom half,” McGowan notes. “Hourglass shapes can wear almost any bathing suit style and pattern as long as the balance between top and bottom is retained. Hourglasses can go for trendy florals, tribal, and ombre prints in one-piece or two pieces as long as the tops and bottoms match.”

McGowan recommends women with the hourglass shape body try the ruffle sliding halter top & bottom bikini from Victoria’s Secret (on sale for $92.00).

Swimsuits for Straight Figures / Boyish Bodies
Cut-Out One-Piece Swimsuit from Neiman MarcusIf you have a slim, straight figure with few curves (sometimes also called a boyish body or frame), you will probably want to find a swimsuit that enhances your curves and adds a bit of bulk to your frame.

“Women with straight or boyish figures look best in swimsuits that create curves in the bust and hips,” says McGowan. “This season’s Cutout or monokini swimsuit does exactly that. Straight shapes who crave a two piece should try the ruffle skirted bottom with a triangle top with light padding to emphasize breasts and provide some cleavage. Curves are created at the hips with the ruched and ruffled bottom.”

McGowan suggests women with straight bodies try the Anika Brazil Halter One-Piece Swimsuit or Juicy Couture’s JACKIE BORDER MONOKINI for $160.00 at Diane’s Swimwear.

Swimsuits for Diamond Shape Bodies
Women with diamond body shapes can make the most of their figures with swimwear that draws attention to their long, sexy legs. As you shop for your summer swimsuit, consider the following tips.

“Women who are diamond shape have large breasts and straight waists with great long, lean legs,” says McGowan. “The best swimsuits create an illusion of a slimmer midsection and provide support for large breasts. Throw emphasis on the legs with ruffles or another hot trend this season, the 50s-style swimdress like the CARMEN MARC VALVO ‘Draped Solids’ Bandeau Swimdress available at Lord & Taylor (10-15% off with coupon).”

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