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The Best Swimsuits for Your Body Type

Embrace your small chest or curves.

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Courtesy of Frankies Bikinis

The whole idea of "buying a swimsuit based on your body type," isn't exactly as clear cut as everyone makes it seem. For example, I would categorize myself as slender and small busted, but with decently sized hips and a butt. I also have a long torso. You'd think string bikinis would look great on a slender person and they might for some, but it looks terrible on my lengthy frame. So while the body type categories are good starting points, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty parts of my figure, I find myself not identifying with any categories at all.

I know I'm not alone in this scenario—shopping for swimsuits, whether you have triple D cups or no curves at all, is almost always confusing and taxing. It takes a few trips to the store and/or several online returns to find a bikini or one-piece that works. As summer 2020 approaches, I want to help everyone find the swimsuits that flatters their figures. Instead of categorizing your body into athletic, pear-shaped, etc. look for a swimsuit that will highlight (or conceal) the areas you want. Focus less on boxing yourself in and more on where you want to accentuate your body and how that swimsuit can help achieve this. Ahead, shop swimsuits that will appeal to everyone, from small-chested girls to those with tummy curves.

For Small Chests
Toulon Bikini Top in Pink Vionette Floral
Faithfull the Brand revolve.com
$90.00

Us small-chested gals don't necessarily want a bikini with a ton of padding (it's uncomfortable in the heat!), so underwire options provide a good alternative. The bodice will give you a little lift plus accentuate your figure. 

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For Small Chests
Harlow Leopard Luxe Bandeau Bikini Top
Sommer Swim sommerswim.com
$79.00

Draw the focus away from your chest by wearing a fun or bold print to catch the eye instead. Nobody will notice whether you have small boobs—they'll be busy complimenting this leopard two-piece. This bikini is fierce, sultry, and daring. 

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For Small Chests
Paisley Pattern Ruffled Swimsuit
Zimmermann farfetch.com
$375.00

On the topic of distraction, this multi-color paisley patterned one-piece with ruffles along the bust and down the sides will conceal your small cups or lack thereof. Again, people's eyes will be drawn to the intricate details on the swimsuit versus your chest. 

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For Large Chests
Zephyr Wrap Underwire High-Waist Bikini
GabiFresh x Swimsuits For All swimsuitsforall.com
$63.00

Just like how underwire cups can lift up smaller boobs, they also provide support for those with bigger cups. You won't have to worry about your boobs drooping down or falling out when they're perfectly nestled into the bikini cups. This style has side bra boning and removable shoulder traps for extra support.  

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For Large Chests
Light Lift Double Tie Front One-Piece Swimsuit
Shade & Shore
$20.00

Sometimes the most supportive option isn't the cutest option, but you need not worry about that when it comes to this plum-colored one-piece. The bows on the front and the cutout accents give a trendier look to this extra coverage swimsuit. This one-piece is also made with a hint of spandex for a comfy fit.  

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For Large Chests
Space Dye Pique Scoop Bikini Top
Aerie
$20.00

This bikini top has the look of your favorite sports bra but is completely pool appropriate. A reviewer said, "I love the coverage I get and the adjustable straps. I struggle finding swim tops that fit being a 38c/36d that has enough support. I don't feel like I am going to fall out of this top." This swimsuit comes in three different colors too just in case you're not feeling this blue-green.

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For Elongating Your Legs
Printed Heidi High-Cut Bikini Bottom
Out From Under urbanoutfitters.com
$42.00

Choose a high-cut swimsuit bottom to highlight your long legs or give the illusion of longer legs. Since the fabric doesn't completely cover up your hips/lower half, the extra hint of skin tricks the eyes into thinking your legs are a mile long. Not to mention, it's a sexier way to rock your bikini bottom. 

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For Elongating Your Legs
Polka Dot One-Piece Swimsuit
Guess guess.com
$48.30

This polka-dot option is a stylish combination of cute and flirty—it features a girly print, but its high-cut legs tell another story.

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For Elongating Your Legs
Georgia Top Amparo
Frankies Bikinis frankiesbikinis.com
$90.00

This Frankies Bikinis suit has a sporty feel, but the deep v-neck and high-cut bottoms give it a more sensual look for the pool or beach. This is a classic, solid-colored bikini you can wear every season and the ribbed texture makes it more unique than your run-of-the-mill nylon options.  

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Best Ruched Swimsuit
Floral Print Shaping Swimsuit
H&M hm.com
$34.99

If you want to conceal your stomach, looks for swimsuits with ruching. This one from H&M is fully lined with a "sculpting effect on the tummy, back, and seat." The colorful design also serves as a way to divert people's attention from your figure to the cute print. 

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Best Ruched Swimsuit
Contrast Ruching Bandeau Bikini Top
Stella McCartney shopbop.com
$205.00

You shouldn't have to stick to black one-pieces just because you have curves. Show them off. This bandeau bikini top with a heavily ruched thick-banded bikini bottom will flatter your figure without cramping your style. The flamingo-pink hue is sure to brighten up your days at the beach too. 

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Best Ruched Swimsuit
Bill Mio Ruched Halterneck Swimsuit
Norma Kamali net-a-porter.com
$175.00

Norma Kamali makes some of the best ruched swimwear I've ever seen. She updated her signature Bill Mio swimsuit in this deep bronze shade just in time for spring/summer 2020. It has halter straps for support and strategically placed ruching through the front to hold you in.

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Best Shaping Swimsuit
Oceanus One-Piece Allover Slimming Swimsuit
Miraclesuit macys.com
$158.00

What I love about this swimsuit is the diagonal seaming and ruching that gives it an almost woven pattern. It's not only simple and wearable but also functional because Miraclesuit's clever construction slims your figure. Other note-worthy features? The suit has padded straps and a deep v-neck for a less conservative feel.

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Best Shaping Swimsuit
Freestyle Sports Shaping One-Piece Swimsuit
Figleaves
$57.00

This sporty one-piece comes in a racer back style to let you move easily in the water, while the front provides bust support and tummy control—though you'd never guess from the sleek design. Zip the suit all the way up or leave it half way down for a sexier touch. This silhouette-shaping swimsuit also gives you SPF 50 protection. 

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Best Shaping Swimsuit
Prismatix Somerset One-Piece Swimsuit
Miraclesuit nordstrom.com
$85.20

This swimsuit is lined with "slimming Miratex fabric," so you can count on it to fit and flatter any figure. The crisscross mesh section going across the body too provides a stylish design, so no one can tell this is a shape-enhancing swimsuit.

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