Finding the perfect swimsuit is pretty much like finding the perfect pair of white jeans. In two words: not easy. Between the different styles, price points and, let’s be honest, the fact that we have to look at our bodies in that awful fitting room lighting, it can get a bit overwhelming. Not all bathing suits fit everyone the same way, so the best way to tackle the task of finding a bathing suit you love is by identifying your shape and playing up your assets. If you concentrate on what flatters you the most, you will feel and look your best!

Black scalloped bikini top and leopard printed bottom with a palm

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While we all have different body types (and levels of confidence), there are four major groups the majority of us fall into: slim, curvy, athletic and pear-shaped. Here are some tips to consider when you’re out shopping for swimwear that, hopefully, will help make the experience a whole lot easier!

Bathing Suits Guide and Tips for Every Body Type

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Aim to look a bit fuller in your bust or create the illusion of an hourglass shape by opting for pieces that have extra fabric in the form of ruffles, bows and ties. If you’re small-chested, then a ruffled top will make it look bigger. 😉

Options to consider: J.Crew Bikini Top and Bottom | Striped & Solid The Ballerina Bathing Suit | Marysia Bikini | Joe Fresh Heart Print Bikini | Vix Swimwear Dune Printed Bikini

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Show off your assets and accentuate your waist. Strategically-placed ruching can make your waist look smaller and flatter your figure.

Options to try: Lisa Marie Fernandez Seersucker One Piece | Prism Positano Top and High-Waisted Bottom | Joe Fresh Printed Underwire top and Contrast Hipster Bottom | J.Crew Twist-Front Swimsuit | Objects Without Meaning Twist One Piece

Black bikini top and high waisted bottom in black and blue polka dots and stripes

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Bathing suits with cut-outs and embellishments, like ruffles and bows, not only create the illusion of curves, but also soften up your shape.

Options to consider: Anna Sui Halterneck Bikini | Mara Hoffman Reversible Swimsuit | Mara Hoffman Cut-Out Swimsuit | J.Crew Deep-V Wrap One-piece | Joe Fresh Print Ruffle Bandeau and Printed Ruched Bottom

Floral and blue one-piece with waist ruffle

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The best bathing suits for those of you who are lighter on top are ones that draw attention upward, like one-pieces with plunging necklines or deep-halter bikini tops. Try to keep the bottom plain and simple so that the style doesn’t get too busy.

Options to consider: Joe Fresh Twist Tankini Top and | Marysia Top and Bottom | Pale Gingham Swimsuit | Fleur du Mal Cut-Out Swimsuit | Zimmermann Embroidered Top and Bottom

Black scalloped bikini top and leopard printed bottom

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