Sizzling Summer Swimsuits for Any Size

Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:12 Written by  Keri Bugenhagen

Your heart races and your hands sweat. You grumble at the mere thought of it: swimsuit season. Whether you’re skinny as a rail or have a little extra junk in your trunk, finding flattering swimwear can be difficult. But have no fear because this guide is here to help you determine which swimsuits will suit your frame.


Small Bust—Shelf-bras and bandeau tops will do you no justice. What you need is a padded, push-up bra-top. Halter-top swimsuits are great for creating the illusion of a bigger bust line. And think bust line ruffles, which also create the illusion of curves. Bonus: since you don’t need a lot of support in the chest area, you have the body type to pull off a strapless swimsuit, as well.

Skinny Boy Body—Look for a belted suit that will help create the illusion of curvier hips. Also, boy-cut shorts will add volume to your hips and thighs. Try adding sexy details, such as a deep v-cut neckline or ruffles that create curves.

Large Bust—If you’re a busty babe, you’ll need a swimsuit with supportive underwire bra cups to keep those beautiful bosoms in place. Also look for suits with bigger cup sizes and natural-looking bra cups. Stay away from thin shoulder straps, as the weight from your breasts can tend to make the straps dig into your skin.

Large Hips and Thighs—Try a skirted bottom in brown, classic black, or navy blue. The skirt will cover your problem areas while the dark color will naturally make you appear slimmer. If you absolutely love the look of a patterned suit, shoot for a small print or designate a larger pattern toward the top of the suit (a large patterned top will actually draw eyes upward and away from your hips and thighs). Perhaps try a padded bra cup as well, because this will help balance your bust line with your hips.


Minimize Stomach Area—Your best friend is elastic! In particular, look for a suit with elastic inner-panels, which will nip and tuck your tummy in all the right places. You can also minimize your stomach area with dark colored swimsuits and waistline shirring. Avoid bright colors and large patterns in the stomach region, as this will only draw attention to your problem area. Stay away from the belly-bearing bikini.

Bikini Basics—If you’re looking to buy a bikini that fits perfectly, there is no need to settle for “one size fits the whole body.” Plenty of places will let you buy the bra top in one size and bottoms in another. But remember: you don’t have to sport a bikini to be sexy. A simple black one piece can be quite alluring if you buy the right suit for your body type.

So shave your legs and dust off your flip-flops because with these tips you’re ready to hit the beech or pool in stylish confidence.



*Photos by GMO Photographer Billy Montgomery.  Models: Erica Richard and Nayamka

Keri Bugenhagen

Keri Bugenhagen

Keri Bugenhagen attained her BA in Public Communications from Upper Iowa University. She is experienced in reporting, writing, and editing news and feature stories for magazines, newspapers, and television. Keri is currently working toward her MS in Journalism at Roosevelt University.

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