Bold Bathing Suits for Every Body Type

Bold Bathing Suits for Every Body Type

Check out these tips for finding a swimsuit that fits your body shape and type perfectly.

By: Sydne Summer

Shopping for bathing suits can be a daunting task, but in actuality, it’s much like shopping for the perfect pair of jeans. It's all about finding the right fit for you body type. Before you head to the dressing room, read our tips for finding the right suit for your shape.

1. Pear
Look for:

  • A darker bottom and a brighter or printed top to draw the eye toward the face.
  • Full coverage or fold-over style bottoms to help disguise problem areas below.
  • One-shoulder and asymmetrical styles to bring the eye across the top of the body, instead of to fuller bottom spots.


  • Boy shorts (the extra fabric will only make you look more bottom-heavy)

2. Busty
Look for:

  • Halter necklines. (V-necks help elongate your neck. Just make sure your top has thick straps!)
  • Racerback styles to get that extra lift.
  • Underwire tops to provide support.


  • Triangle tops — they generally don't have enough support.

3. Apple or Round
Look for:

  • Ruching at the waist to disguise your midsection.
  • Empire waists to draw the eye up toward your face.
  • V-necklines to show off your bust and divert attention from your middle.


  • Tiny bikini bottoms (they can make you look more top- and/or middle- heavy)

4. Flat-Chested
Look for:

  • Sweetheart necklines to make your bust appear fuller.
  • High-waisted, retro-style bottoms for contrast.
  • Scalloped detailing at the bust to enhance your chest.


  • Wrap-over styles (you usually need a larger chest to fill them out)

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5. Boyish
Look for:

  • Halter necklines to show off your shoulders.
  • Ruffle details for a feminine touch.
  • Wild prints — because you can!


  • Bandeau tops (they will only widen your figure).

6. Long Torso
Look for:

  • Cutouts at the waist to create some variation.
  • Mixed prints (keep the larger print on the part of the body you want to highlight —whether it’s your top or your bottom).
  • Bow details on the side to break up the torso.


  • Athletic-style one-pieces (they will only make your torso appear longer).

7. Plus-Size
Look for:

  • Lining and underwire for support.
  • Thicker straps for extra lift.
  • Built-in shapewear for magical slimming.


  • Ruffles, or any details that add extra weight

8. Petite
Look for:

  • Bright, solid colors — because you’re one of the few who can get away with it, so why not?!
  • High-cut bottoms to lengthen your legs.
  • Halter one-pieces to elongate your frame.


  • Cutesy prints, like small florals (you don’t want to wear anything that makes people think you shopped in the kids section!)

As the founder and editor-in-chief of
SydneStyle, Sydne connects with her readers through her inspirational yet achievable style, while providing how-to solutions, trend spotting and styling advice. She currently lives in West Hollywood with her very chic rescue dog, Bunny.

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