How to choose flattering swimwear

Do you know how to select the most flattering swimwear for your body shape? Just this time, your generic Body Type is not the most important. Centre your thoughts more on improving the features that bother you!

Forget whatever shape is supposedly in fashion and concentrate on finding the look to make you look fabulous. 

Look for a swimsuit that flatters your best figure points and draws the eye away from the bits you'd rather hide.

If you know your Body Type follow the styling tips to minimize where necessary and maximize your assets. 

But ... more than that ... when you're baring all (or nearly anyway) it's important to choose a style that makes you feel your absolute best!

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Flattering swimwear should be top of your list...

When you're planning a holiday that involves any kind of swimming, whether it's beach, cruise or even a spa visit, ensure that figure flattering swimwear tops the wardrobe list.

You've got nowhere to hide with swimwear and the ability to relax takes confidence.

Fun and fashion can follow as you dress up your swimwear with fabulous accessories.

Where to buy

Try Chico' in the United States for a fabulous range of swimwear and pretty coverups (see right) to take you from beach to bar to lunch. They ship to many overseas countries.
If you have a fuller figure you can't beat Nordstrom's, for the wide selection of Miraclesuits. The motto is '10 lbs lighter in 10 seconds' - sounds good to me.

If you're in the UK you can't beat Marks and Spencer's for a wide range of swimsuits with tummy control. Top them elegantly with a maxi dress, sarong or linen separates.

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The main things to consider

  • Know your shape and aim to streamline and enhance the best bits of your figure.
  • Knowing what to avoid saves a mammoth trying-on session.
  • A good bustline gives a youthful figure; good support to minimize; pre-formed cups to enhance.
  • Check that your flattering swimwear stays put when you're playing with the kids.   
  • Bright/light colors accentuate; plain/darker colors will help you to look slimmer
  • Is your swimsuit going to get wet? Choose practicality or glamor.  
  • An attractive one-piece looks sexier and far more elegant than a less-than-perfect two piece.
  • Be very honest with yourself and view from all angles. Happy with how you look, go for it!

What's your figure challenge?

Small Bust / Pear shaped body

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Bring the eye up and draw attention to the top of your body whether it's a bikini or a one piece.

Accentuate your bustline with pre-shaped or padded cups and wide apart shoulder straps to create a pretty cleavage. If you need additional padding choose under-wired. Wear light or bright colors at the top and choose a darker tone for the bottom half to slim your hips. 

A two piece is useful if your bottom half is a different size to your top. A tankini gives the same kind of flexibility but provides far more coverage with a longer top and, often, a much deeper pant. Above centre is a deep pant to hold in the tummy or roll it down for sunbathing. 

Avoid halter necks which will narrow your shoulder line and accentuate your hips.

Long body - swimsuits too short

Find swimsuits too short in the body? If you don't want to wear a bikini, then a tankini (above right) is the perfect comfortable solution.

Midriff bulge / Muffin top

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Not quite as streamlined as you'd like to be? Worried about the odd spare tyre or muffin top?

This striking swimsuit has a very obliging blouson top. It will comfortably hide any midriff bulges and even help to disguise a less than flat tummy.

Wide apart straps and eye catching print bring the eye upwards and away from the tummy area. 

A great style too Apple Shape ladies.

Straight body with little waist definition

Add some feminine curves and softness to a straight figure - rounded patterns and prints mould the figure and accentuate shape.

This swimsuit enhances the bust area adding shape and a mesh area makes the most of your waist. The straps are detachable for sunbathing.

You're likely to have very good legs, show them off with a high leg line.

Altogether delightfully pretty and flattering swimwear.

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Broad Shoulders

You are likely to have an athletic looking figure - broad shoulders with a more slender waist and good legs.

Choose wider shoulder straps, thin straps will make the shoulders look wider still.

Bust detail on this up to the minute design brings the eye to the centre of the neckline and the pattern widens out to balance the hips with the shoulders.

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Wow! We all envy you ... You have the beach figure we all want.

Enjoy the freedom to wear whatever you like. If you want to add curves - wear frills and ruffles; swimsuit with cut-out sides.

To add bust defition choose underwired and padded bras.

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Support a Large Bust

This is where good bust support is really important. For the best fit and comfort, choose a swimsuit that comes in cup sizes just like choosing a bra. This one has wider shoulder straps and cross over back for additional support.

A heavy bust doesn't always go with a full figure and this swimsuit (right) starts from size 12 to 22 with cup sizes up to DD. Choose wider shoulder straps for comfort and support.

I have a full figure

Choose a swimsuit with additional support. This stunning print comes in sizes up to 34F with extra shaping for bust and tummy. The illusion panel with ruching detail on the front panel creates a slimming effect.

Look for diagonal prints, wrap over styles which take the eye across the body to slenderize. Miraclesuit professes to take 10 lbs off in 10 seconds!

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Tummy control? Hips and thighs?

You don't need to have a full figure to need a bit of additional tummy control and many styles now incorporate this as standard. 

Feel that your hips and thighs are letting you down? Then choose a pretty skirted swimsuit that covers your 'panty line'.

This is a very flattering swimwear design which will give you the confidence to move around far more freely.

An elegant but discreet style means that you might not even need a cover-up for that bar stool drink.

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