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Bathing Suits For Every Body Type: A Fool-Proof Guide For Finding The Best Swimsuit

Fri, June 5, 2015 6:14pm EDT by Katrina Mitzeliotis Add first Comment

From sexy one pieces to high-waisted bikinis and cutouts, we’re seeing a slew of new swimwear trends this summer. Don’t know which style is right for your body type? Read on for tips and SHOP our picks if you’re looking to find the best bathing suit for your body type and get ready to suit up in style.

While we love hitting the beach, we dread stocking up on swimsuits — but now more than ever before there’s a slew of stylish silhouettes to choose from. In fact, sometimes it seems like there are too many options to count! The key to finding the best bathing suit for your bod? Focus on the areas you want to highlight and pay more attention to the fit than the latest trend.

We chatted with style expert Jene Luciani, who teamed up with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, to help you find the perfect swimsuit for your figure. “We’re creatures of habit when it comes to our swimsuit choices but maybe there’s another style out there that show off your best assets! Start by identifying the right shopping environment that allows you to experiment with a broad range of styles that perhaps you haven’t considered in the past. If you normally stick to two pieces, try a one piece with a plunging neckline. Or, try mixing a different print or bottom with a top that you always wear. Places like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have a wide selection of top quality and designer swimsuit styles and trends so that you can find the perfect suit to fit your body and your budget,” she said.

“Go into the shopping experience with an open mind while being aware of your body type so you know what style swimsuits to look for. For example, if you are busty, I recommend looking for a fuller coverage swim top with extra support, like a halter, which is the number one style selected by women across the nation. Also, search for suits that have molded cups for maximum support. For women with smaller chests, you shouldn’t wear a bandeau without some reinforcement shaping. Opt for a top with detailing, which gathers and gives the illusion that you’re amply endowed. Patterned tops also tend to draw attention to the bust line,” Luciani said. With fringe detailing, crop top silhouettes, embellishments and zippers it makes it easier than ever before to find the perfect top for a smaller bust.

Want to conceal your stomach? Do so in style! “The stomach is the hardest area to tone and the fastest place women show weight gain, so it’s no surprise that 70% of states prefer one-piece swimsuits. Luckily, there are several one-piece trends to try out, such as halter, sporty, and retro. In particular, the retro bathing suit trend, which is the second top style uncovered in the survey, has made a huge comeback this year and helps camouflage this area. It has strategic ruching around the middle which creates a leaner silhouette,” she said.

When you’re gearing up to shop, I recommend bringing a friend along — and don’t let the harsh lighting or the small dressing room discourage you! Sometimes it’s best to take the swimsuit home and try it on in a familiar place so you can really get a good idea of the fit. Shaving your legs and applying a little self-tanner can also go a long way — that way, you’ll be more inclined to suit up and you’ll have less reasons to dread stripping down.

Browse our picks if you’re trying to find the perfect bathing suit for your body type and SHOP!

Katrina Mitzeliotis