All bodies are not created equal, but still, as women, we spend a great deal of time criticizing every piece of our body. The last thing we should be doing during the summer season is dreading putting on a bathing suit, when we should be soaking up the sun and enjoying ourselves with friends and family.
Just like not all bodies are created equal, not all bathing suits are made equal either. Whether you are petite or plus-size, there is a flattering bathing suit for your body type! I’ve generated a list of 5 trendy bathing suit styles for virtually any body shape and size:
Long & Lean
For a long and lean body type, finding bathing suits with patterns, ruffles or other designs are key. Finding a top with ruffles, fringe and busy patterns will give the illusion of a larger bust and the same goes for bottoms. Push-up detailing and padded bikini tops will be your best-kept secret! Here are a few bathing suits that are perfect for a long and lean body:
Lace Up Bikini Set
This chic blue printed bikini set is perfect for a slim figure as it features a vibrant color pattern with a removal padded bra. It laces up the back and has cutout detailing on the front. The bottoms feature the same space pattern with a bit of a high-rise fit.
Lightly Lined Underwire Bikini Top
This bikini top provides amazing underwire support. It has natural shaping for an enhanced look and features a gorgeous orange and white floral print. It also ties in the back for added dimension. Pair this top with any solid bottoms or grab the matching set to complete the look.
High-waisted bottoms are totally on trend and work almost like spanx to provide comfort and control from your navel down. If you have a bottom-heavy figure, find bold patterns or colors on top that draw attention upward. If you’re wanting a full one piece, opt for bathing suits with a higher cut leg line. Here are a few great bathing suit options for a curvy body frame:
Color Block One Piece
This mix of black and lavender color blocking patchwork is gorgeous. The scrunched detailing in all of the right places make this swimsuit super flattering and stylish. It features adjustable straps for all bust sizes and a push-up style cup for added support.
Ruched High-Waisted Bikini Bottom
These plus size bikini bottoms feature tummy slimming, high-waisted ruched sides that are very flattering. This high rise style sits on your natural waistline. Pair these bottoms with a tankini top or a bikini top with patterns for a super cute and trendy look.
Expecting a sweet bundle of joy doesn’t mean you still can’t hit the sun in style this season. For a growing belly, opt for a low-rise style swimsuit to accommodate your belly comfortably. If you’re wanting a one-piece bathing suit, try finding one with a scrunched waist to support your belly and grow with you during the remainder of your pregnancy. Check out these super cute swim styles for any pregnant body:
Wrap Front Maternity Tankini
This tankini top is available in several colors and features a triangle faux wrap bust. The straps are adjustable and can easily be work a variety of ways for comfort and support. This tankini top has ruched sides for your growing belly. Pair this tankini top with the matching bottoms or opt for something more comfortable like low-cut boy short style swim bottoms.
Ruffle Trim Ruched One-Piece
This ruffle trim one-piece maternity swimsuit is available in black and lavender and features ruched sides for a flattering fit. It is double lined to prevent sheerness and has adjustable straps that are both convertible and removable for a variety of looks. This swimsuit also features padded cups on the bust for extra support. I’m really loving the way the ruffle trim really accentuates that sweet baby belly.
For an athletic build, the goal is to give the illusion of more curves and accentuate your toned legs. A monokini is the perfect style swimsuit as well as anything with embellishments that will add femininity to your frame. Here are a few super cute swimsuit styles for an athletic build:
Halter Style Monokini
This one-piece halter style monokini features a built-in fabric shelf bra, moderate rear coverage, and crochet detailing throughout. It has an open back and ties behind the neck and back. It’s available in multiple colors and designs to fit any style and personality.
Lace-Up Floral One-Piece
This swimsuit is such a chic design that fits and flatters all body types. The floral watercolor print is feminine, which is perfect for an athletic build and the crisscrossed lacing adds a plunging front. This swimsuit features a scooped back with the crisscrossed lacing continued to match the front. It has adjustable shoulder straps for comfort and removable molded cups to accommodate all bust sizes.
The key to finding the perfect swimsuit for a petite body frame is to try elongating the torso and add dimension to your top to balance out your shorter mid-section. Low-rise bottoms are perfect for making your torso appear longer and halter straps are great for drawing attention to your neck and shoulders. Here are a few of my favorite bikini styles for petite body frames:
Crochet High Neck Halter Top
Available in army green, black, blue and tan this high-neck crochet halter bikini top is the perfect style for a petite body frame. It features a hidden bandeau top beneath the crochet overlay and includes a molded foam cup with supportive underwire for a push-up look. It also ties behind the neck for a nice fit that will make people skim over your shorter mid-section. Pair this top with any low-rise bikini bottom to finish off your swimsuit.
Low Rise Ribbed Bikini Bottoms
These versatile, low rise bikini bottoms come in a ribbed fabric adding texture to such a basic swim piece. The low-rise feature provides the illusion of a longer torso, which is perfect for a petite frame. It is available in white, burgundy and red which will make it super simple to match with a coordinating top. Remember to find a top that accentuates your neckline and shoulders like a halter style bikini top or one with strap detailing.
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