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Finding the Most Flattering Swimsuit‎ for Your Body Type

By Kristine Iannazzi | February 25, 2018

Originally Posted by InStyle.com

The time has come — it's swimsuit season! Whether you're headed to St. Barts for spring break or just clocking in some beach time in Miami, the often-dreaded exercise of swimsuit shopping is upon us. Of course you want to look your best, so we’ve compiled a fail-safe guide on what to look for in a bikini or one-piece, no matter your shape. We've gathered a few tips from swimwear designers themselves - J.Crew’s Amy Romanowsky, Solid & Striped’s Michelle Copelman, Belusso’s Kirsten Sarkisian, and Alix’s Alexandra Alvarez - so you are sure to hit the water with confidence!



The goal: To show off your assets and highlight your waist.

What you should look for:

A retro silhouette: "For an hourglass shape, look for a high-waisted bottom with a bikini top," Says J.Crew’s Swim designer, Amy Romanowsky. This look tends to flatter taller frames best. "I know my friends who are a bit shorter always feel weird about high-waisted things because they feel like it cuts their torso," Solid & Striped’s Michelle Copelman says. "Make sure the bottoms don’t come up too, too high."

A clean, frills-free bikini bottom: If you are going to go with a traditional bikini bottom, Belusso’s Kirsten Sarkisian says, “You don’t want a bow on your hips. That is not the place you want to put extra fabric, look for a clean finish bottom that doesn’t have a lot of extra stuff."

A one-piece: "I think that a simple and elegant one piece does a great job of accentuating curves while maintaining a modern elegance," notes luxury brand Alix’s Alexandra Alvarez.




The goal: To create curves.

What you should look for:

A one-piece:"A one-piece is super feminine," says Solid & Striped’s Michelle Copelman. "It gives the illusion of a smaller waist."

Strategically placed cut-outs: Romanowsky suggests looking for a style with side cut-outs to draw extra attention to the waist.

A higher cut leg opening: "A beautiful curve on the leg opening makes you appear longer and it creates a nice shape around the hip and bottom," Belusso’s Kirsten Sarkisian suggests.




The goal: To balance a heavier bottom.

What you should look for:

Full bikini bottoms with a lower cut leg opening: "Avoid high-cut bottoms because you don't want to expose too much skin in the hip area," Alvarez says. Additionally, find bottoms that don't have bows or ties that will dig in.

A triangle or a halter bikini top: "If you're a triangle, you have more freedom with tops," Romanowsky says. "Low necklines and halter suits that tie at the neck draw the eye upwards."




The goal: To balance broad shoulders and/or a big bust.

What you should look for:

A halter suit: This is a flattering style that accentuates the collarbone and neckline, Romanowsky says.

Tops with support: Look for string tops with molded cups and underwire.

An adjustable string bikini top: "You can take the bottom of the triangle and spread it out really wide so it looks proportional on your body," Copelman says.

Brands that sell separates: "Most women aren’t the same size as they are on top as they are on bottom, or vice versa," Copelman says. "So by picking a brand that lets you mix and match you are going to find a style that really does highlight your best assets."


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