The Ultimate Swimsuit Guide: 10 Flattering And Gorgeous Picks For All Body Types

by Michelle Yeoh
LIFESTYLE  |  October 10, 2017
  • The Swimwear Conundrum - Solved!
    1 / 11 The Swimwear Conundrum - Solved!

    Shopping to find the right swimwear can be a little tricky to navigate. We’re always scouring through endless piles of swimsuits, only to find ourselves feeling sympathetic for the girl we see staring back at us in the dressing room mirror. Skimpy little two pieces that show off way too much underboob, too-tight bathing suits which seem to accentuate every lump and bump on our bodies…. Been there, never going back again.

    We’ve picked out 10 flattering figure-fixing swimwear pieces that’ll help us look incredibly sexy without having to reveal too much skin. Whether we’re lounging on a picturesque beach or getting a dip in the pool, these swimwear alternatives have got us covered.

    All photos are provided by the respective brands. A version of this article originally appeared in www.herworldplus.com.

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  • Narrow the waist
    2 / 11 Narrow the waist

    This fluorescent coral number is made from Italian four-way stretch fabric that’ll fit you like a glove while giving you full unimpeded movement. You’ll feel sexy without having to show too much skin with this high-cut neckline and the cheeky cutout details. With skin-baring cutouts placed strategically at the waistline, this timeless style will elegantly narrow your waist to grant the illusion of an hourglass figure.

    (Also Read: 6 Exercises That Tone Your Tummy More Effectively Than Sit-Ups)

    Try: Flagpole ‘Lynn’ Swimsuit ($392.30)

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  • Tame the twins
    3 / 11 Tame the twins

    If you have big boobs and the thought of wearing a bandeau to the beach strikes up fears of all possible wardrobe malfunctions (we’re pointing fingers at you, nip slips), think again. This swimsuit is sculpted from high-compression stretch fabric which hugs your curves nicely and streamlines your silhouette. It’s  also discreetly detailed with supportive boning and underwire padding. In other words, it lifts and supports your bust so you won’t have to worry about the Great Escape of ‘the twins’.

    Try: Heidi Klein Swimsuit ($271.05)

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  • Eyes on the collar bones
    4 / 11 Eyes on the collar bones

    Breathe easy in this relaxed shoulder-baring cut that’ll draw attention to your collar bones for a flattering look. This gorgeous sun-kissed bronze swimsuit has a low v-neck and contour paneling for a waist skimming effect.

    Try: Zimmerman Tulsi Swimsuit ($421.50)

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  • Fake a cleavage
    5 / 11 Fake a cleavage

    This stunning botanical bikini has wide, thick straps to lift your bust and boost barely-there boobs. The deep V decollete will help to perk up your pair while the high-waisted silhouette of the bottoms enhances your hourglass figure further.

    Try: Zimmermann Curacao Bikini ($371.40)

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  • The belly-flattening trick
    6 / 11 The belly-flattening trick

    This swimsuit from Eres is literally named ‘Magic’, leaving no room to the imagination as to what it would do for your figure. This stylish plunge front swimsuit has a self-tie belt to cinch at the waist and is made of curve-smoothing fabric to conceal your belly.

    Try: Eres Magic Swimsuit ($576)

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  • For slimmer hips
    7 / 11 For slimmer hips

    This retro-inspired silhouette is a modern reiteration of Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic swimwear styles in the 1960s which, even to this day, we’re still in love with. Ruchings and sleek shirring extends over the hips for streamlining a fuller figure and an allover slenderising effect. The ruching sucks in all your troubled spots while the supportive halterneck strap gives an extra lift for a va-va-voom voluptuous look.

    Try: Norma Kama Swimsuit ($368.70)

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  • Elongate your frame
    8 / 11 Elongate your frame

    Petite girls, rejoice! This swimsuit has daring high-cut legs (Legs for days? Yes please!) and a deep scooped neck to stretch your frame and elongate your body for a longer and leaner silhouette. The plunging arm holes create the illusion of an hourglass silhouette and is uber flattering for bustier ladies (hello, sexy side boob).

    (Also Read: Workout Leggings With Pockets Deep Enough to Put Your Smartphone)

    Try: Norma Kamali Swimsuit ($147.40)

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  • Stretch a short waist
    9 / 11 Stretch a short waist

    This swimsuit will visually lengthen the proportions of your waist with its plunging neckline and alluring crisscross laced front. To add, the designer Mara Hoffman is also committed to environmentally-friendly practices and this piece is no exception to the label’s mission; it’s made from Italian fabric using recycled fibres. If you are one to prefer environmentally sustainable practices, opt for this chic number for a best of both worlds in form and function.

    Try: Mara Hoffman Swimsuit ($232.10)

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  • Balance short necks and narrow shoulders
    10 / 11 Balance short necks and narrow shoulders

    Panelled for a slimming effect, this floral one-piece has an open square neckline that’s perfect for women with a big bust since it provides a sophisticated frame to the decollete without showing too much cleavage. This swimsuit will also elongate short necks and narrow shoulders for an alluring look.

    Try: Tory Burch Batik Swimwear ($221)

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  • For a perkier booty
    11 / 11 For a perkier booty

    If you have small hips and a flatter bottom, these horizontal stripes will grant the illusion of a bigger butt. Less is more when it comes to this swimsuit; the itsy Brazilian cut will add shape to your bottom and makes for a fuller looking bosom. (Psst, these exercises can help to make your boobs look bigger!)

    Try: ASOS Swimsuit ($32.40)

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