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Published on May 28th, 2011 | by thevyne

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Swimsuits to Suit Your Body Type

With Memorial Day approaching, swimsuit season is about to arrive. We all know that finding a swimsuit that is flattering can be a painful process. So we have done some of the legwork for you and have some tips for how to find a bathing suit that fits your body type.

If you have a thicker stomach, you want to cinch your waist, draw your eyes away from your stomach, or camouflage it. Suits that will suit you best:

– Solid black or black color blocks

– Belted or have a faux wrap

– Bold florals or patterns, primarily in darker colors

– Details on the bust

– Takinis that cover stomach

Examples: Badgley Mischka ‘BM11’ Blouson Swim Top and Hipster Bottoms, Profile by Gottex ‘Confetti’ One Piece, Kenneth Cole Reaction Swimsuit: Tiered Halter Tankini Top & Bottom

If you have an athletic/square shape, you want to give your body some curves. Suits that suit you best:

– Cut outs around the mid-section

– One shoulder suits

– Suits with small patterns

– Halter or sweetheart necklines

– Color blocks

Examples: DKNY Swimsuit, Strapless Bandeau Printed One Piece, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Ruffled Underwire Smocked Maillot, R Collection By Raisins Swimsuit, Zipper Monokini One Piece

If you have a smaller chest, you want to add volume to your top and balance your bottom. Suits that suit you best:

– Padded tops

– Frills, ruffles or rouching along bustline

– Horizontal lines

– Patterns (big or small)

– Solid bikini bottoms

Examples: Hobie Swimsuit, Dot Print Denim Bikini Top & Dot Print Denim Bottom, Trina Turk Crochet Bikini Top & Bottoms,  BECCA® by Rebecca Virtue Asymmetrical Top & Fit To Be Tied Bottom

If you have a larger chest, you want to camouflage your top and balance your shape. Suits that suit you best:

– Those that support your bust

– Customized bikini tops in your bra size

– Underwire or wider straps

– Dark tops, brighter or patterned bottoms

Examples: Badgley Mischka ‘MB11’ Shirred Maillot, Banded Halter Bikini, Leopard Halter Tankini

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