Swimwear for Bodytypes

*Susan Bodack, Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com, was kind enough to write this post after I asked her to share her tips on finding the best suits for Summer 2013! 

Spring officially starts this week, so you know what that means--swimsuit season is right around the corner!  We know that Lithe is just one component of looking good in a swimsuit; the other is learning how to choose the right styles for your particular shape... and that's where I come in!  Follow these swimsuit tips to guarantee a flawless beach-chic look.

The Busty Babe

For all the busty ladies out there, your main focus should be supporting the girls.  There's nothing worse than a spillage-related bikini blooper if you know what I mean!  Halter tops (especially those with thicker underbands) and bra-style swimsuit tops with underwire offer the best bust support.  If you want to minimize your top half and draw attention toward your bottom half, choose a dark solid-colored top paired with a printed or embellished bottom.

Need A Lift?

But if you're the opposite and want to accentuate your top half, choose a swimsuit that will enhance your bustline.  Twist or sweetheart bandeau tops (especially those with molded cups) and triangle tops with push-up padding are your best top styles.  Additionally, tops with fringe, beading or busy prints will help emphasize your bustline, especially when paired with a dark solid-colored swimsuit bottom.

Long & Lean

If you're long, lean and have legs for days, a two-piece swimsuit is probably your best option, especially if you have a long torso.  Cropped bustiers and trapeze-style tops (huge for 2013) are especially flattering on long torsos.  Not so curvy?  Opt for a solid-colored sweetheart or twist bandeau paired with a printed hipster-style swimsuit bottom--the combo helps create the illusion of hourglass curves!

Perfectly Petite

On the other hand, petite girls want to choose swimsuit styles that will elongate their torso.  Try triangle tops paired with higher-cut string bikini bottoms.  If you have a small booty, look for a swimsuit bottom with a back cinch (aka the "scrunch butt") and/or a bottom with a cheeky Brazilian cut.  Create the illusion of curves with a solid-colored twist bandeau top paired with a printed hipster bottom, or try a fashion-forward monokini!

Curves For Days

Whether you're curvy, full-figured or have an hourglass shape, embrace those curves!  For example, if you have an hourglass shape, your top half is proportionate to your bottom half, so avoid swimsuit styles that will throw you off balance.  Try a halter paired with a matching scoop bottom; avoid string swimsuit bottoms, as they will make your hips appear wider than they are.  If you don't feel comfortable in a bikini, don't be afraid to try a one-piece swimsuit.  There are a ton of chic and sexy styles to choose from this year, including those with plunging necklines and flattering ruched detail!

Remember--the key to looking good in your swimsuit is to choose styles that accentuate your best assets and draw attention away from your not-so-favorite areas.   

*In the Philadelphia area?  Susan invites us to stop by their showroom!  Contact them at 888.95.STYLE to make an appointment.  Images via InStyleSwimwear.com


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While your fashion tips are helpful, I found the pictures associated with this post to be offensive. These girls all have similar body types and come nowhere close to the bodies that actually are curvy or busty. Please choose my realistic images in the future.

Hi JW,

I'm sorry you are offended by these photos. I didn't write the article, or source the images (they were provided to us by our friends at InStyleSwimwear.com). They are swimsuit photos (and swimsuit models) from brands like, VIX and L Space, etc.

I'm not speaking for InStyleswimwear, but I can imagine it can be quite difficult to source imagery of the average American woman wearing these swimsuits with model releases, etc.

I would just take the images with a grain of salt and let the copy speak to you the next time you're buying a suit : ).

Thanks for your honesty, I like it!

Hi JW,

Thanks so much for your honesty and feedback. We are sorry that you found the images to be offensive--this was not our intention at ALL!

As Lauren mentioned, these images were provided to us from the brands that we carry and they work with models of their choosing. We have conducted our own photo shoots in the past and have used women of different shapes, sizes and skin tones in order to relay a more realistic view of the product. These images are all of brand new styles, so we do not have additional images for them (yet).

That being said, the actual styles that we chose do apply to each category. Choosing the right swimsuit for your shape can be difficult (and often times the categories somewhat overlap) so our goal was to provide readers with general fit and style tips that will help guide them in the right direction.

Again, thanks so much for your feedback and let us know if you have any other questions or concerns!

Could I have some information on the first "busty" suit, with the orange top, please? Thanks!

Hi Colette!

Here's the link to the swimsuit that you are referring to: http://www.instyleswimwear.com/l-space-swimwear/vapor-mix

The underwire top is ultra supportive ;)

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