Swimsuit shopping is something many women dread because it can be difficult to nail down the best type of bathing suit for each body type. But the process doesn’t have to be painful! The key is simply knowing where to look for amazing swimwear—and understanding how different cuts, styles, and fabrics affect your proportions in different ways.
While it’s important to embrace your body no matter your shape, the bottom line is something we all know: it’s much easier to feel confident when you’ve found an incredible swimsuit that flatters your shape. That’s when choosing a bathing suit that complements your body comes in handy.
I’ve sorted through some of the various types of body shapes and pulled the best tips and tricks for finding the perfect fit. Use this list as a guide so you can feel confident this summer, whether you’re lounging poolside or tanning at the beach.
The Best Bathing Suits for Every Body Type
Best Swimsuits for Small Busts
Women with small busts can get away with wearing certain styles that their larger-chested friends would typically struggle with. If you’re smaller up top, here are some things to keep in mind when swimsuit shopping:
- A structured, push-up top will show off what you do have.
- Bright colors and details will bring more attention to your bust, if that’s what you’re hoping to achieve.
- Lines and cutouts can exaggerate your chest size.
- Take advantage of your smaller bust by wearing strapless suits!
Strapless swimsuits are generally more comfortable to wear when you have a smaller bust. This one has an adorable bow accent and an extra layer of fabric that folds over the top of the swimsuit, which gives you slightly more to show off up top. Plus, you’ll avoid tan lines from going without straps.
SHOP: Tularosa Omnia One-Piece
The swoop neck and tortoise shell center on this lime-colored swimsuit will draw some attention toward your bust. Plus, the small, half-moon cutout at the bottom of the bikini top will highlight what you do have. Pack it for your next beach vacation and pair it with a plain white cover-up or denim shorts.
Best Swimsuits for Large Busts
Choose a swimsuit that offers good coverage and is made with thicker, quality material so your top will stay put.
- Swimsuits with higher backs tend to be more comfortable.
- Underwire tops offer better support for larger chests.
- Thick straps will hold your bust in place.
- Consider shopping at places that specifically design for bust support. For example:
Monday Swimwear is consistently one of the top places that I turn to for fuller-bust bathing suits, since the brand was specifically designed for women with larger chests. The Portugal top comes in 4 colors (including black and ivory) and is one of the few swimwear styles that goes up to a G-cup.
I’ve been vocal about my love for Summersalt many times, and own several of their swimsuits. They’re made with super high-quality fabrics and offer some of the most supportive swimsuits for bigger busts. I love that they show how this swimsuit looks on many different body types, so you can really get a feel for how it will fit you.
Another cool perk: the Summersalt website has a filter you can use that will show you suits that provide extra “boob support.”
This is another favorite that I own. The tropical pattern is perfect for summer vacations or a girls trip, and I love that the top is unpadded yet has an underwire for extra support. Thick, adjustable straps help it to stay in place, and it ranges from size D all the way up to a K cup.
One strap swimsuits can provide a surprising amount of support, as long as the strap is thick. The higher neckline on this bikini offers great coverage for bigger boobs. Plus, the sheer mesh detail shows a bit of skin without being too revealing.
Best Swimsuits for Pear Shape
If you’re curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller up top, look for swimsuits that offer coverage to your lower half.
- Bows, ruching, bright patterns, and plunging necklines will draw attention upward rather than toward your waist.
- Avoid anything that has big ruffles or a low belt.
- High-waisted bikini bottoms will accentuate the small of your waist, while offering ample coverage of your bum.
The bright color of this ruched, one-piece swimsuit will accentuate your bust while minimizing the focus on your legs. It has deep, plunging straps in the back and a circular cutout that add some extra character.
The swimsuit also comes in an electric green hue for those hoping to make a statement.
These high-waisted bikini bottoms would be the perfect complement to curvy hips and thighs. The feminine, floral print and slightly ruffled straps will encourage eyes to look up top and make it appear like you have more going on up there. I also love that it’s sold as a set!
The sweetheart neckline on this one-piece will give the appearance of a fuller chest, while the diamond-shaped cutouts add a flirty touch. It has padded cups for those who want some extra oomph, but they can be removed if they aren’t your thing. Reviewers said it fits perfectly in all of the right places, but is best for girls with shorter torsos.
Best Swimsuits for Curves
Opt for swimsuits that offer the support you need while still showing off your best features.
- One-piece swimsuits or high-waisted bikini bottoms can make your torso look longer and leaner.
- Color-blocked bathing suits can highlight your shape.
- Ruching or textured fabrics can be tummy trimming.
Bikinis are for body type, and can be particularly flattering on women with curves. The trick is to find one that highlights your shape while still offering enough support.
This light green pick from Frankies Bikinis was specifically designed for curvier girls. Although the straps are on the thinner side, they can be tied tightly wherever feels most comfortable. The high-waisted bottoms will hold you in while showing off a bit of your cheeks.
This is another great choice from Summersalt, especially for curvy women. It has a soft shelf bra with built-in cups and offers the best booty coverage out of all of the brand’s swimsuits. Many reviews note that it’s an insanely comfortable choice, and some girls who commented expressed how confident they felt in it.
SHOP: Summersalt The Sunbather
With removable straps, lined cups, and a ruched midriff, this coral one-piece is the ideal choice for curvy gals. It’s made with a high percentage of spandex for an ultra-stretchy fit that you’ll feel good in whether you’re relaxing by the pool or chasing kids on the beach.
Best Swimsuits for Long Torsos
Highlight your long torso by picking swimsuits that draw attention to your waist.
- Bandeau bikini tops paired with asymmetrical bottoms are flattering options for long torsos.
- Bright colors and V-necklines can make a long torso appear shorter.
- One-piece swimsuits work best when they have interesting cut out elements and high-leg designs.
- Check out sites that cater to tall/long torsos (Figleaves has a filter for “longer length swimwear” with a ton of great options)
These high-waisted bottoms will help bring more focus toward the smallest portion of your waist. I’m obsessed with the tie-dye pattern (which is totally trending right now) and the tie front detail. And there’s no need to worry about the bandeau top slipping—the structured, boned sides help to keep it in place.
A simple, black swimsuit is a summer closet staple, and this one from ASOS is made specifically for tall girls. The high-leg design and twist front cutout are flattering features for long torsos. Plus, it’s under $40! (Asos actually has an entire section dedicated to swimsuits for tall women, which is awesome.)
I love how unique both the style and color of this swimsuit is. The asymmetrical top will show off some of your cleavage while the double, one-shouldered straps will draw eyes up top rather than to your waist or legs. I can’t think of a cuter swimsuit choice than this one for pool parties or bachelorette trips.
Best Swimsuits for Tummy Concealing
If you carry most of your weight in your stomach and are looking for a style that draws attention away from your midsection, pick swimsuits that have good coverage and smoothing elements.
- One-piece swimsuits can smooth down your stomach and add sliming elements throughout your body.
- Draw eyes up top by choosing swimsuits with deep necklines.
- Ruching and wrap designs can slim the appearance of your waist.
The wrap design on this neutral one-piece hides the front part of your belly while still showing off a bit of your curves and your back. Lululemon makes the most comfortable workout gear, so I’m not surprised that reviews on their swimwear are great too.
SHOP: Lululemon Wrap One-Piece
This simple one-piece features a deep neckline and cross waist that will show off the smallest part of your torso. I love the vibrant aqua color and the thick gathered straps, which will hold you up better than swimsuits with thin straps.
Perfect for women who love to stand-up paddleboard, swim, or surf, this square neck one-piece offers a good range of coverage. The wireless top provides a comfortable and flattering fit while the smooth fabric is made to stretch. It comes in a variety of regular, tall, and petite sizes to accommodate all body types.