Curvy Closet: The Swimwear Guide (8 Chic Swimsuits for ALL Shapes & Sizes)

Spring has officially arrived, so it’s time to shed layers, rotate your wardrobe and prepare for the sunshine. Whether you’re jet setting to a tropical destination, or hitting up pool parties with friends, you want a swimsuit that’ll make you feel confident! There are styles that flatter every body type, and finding what works best for you can transform swimsuit shopping from frustrating to fun.

Do you want to show off your frame? Are you looking for a bit more coverage? Our Swimwear Guide will point you in the right direction. 

Plus Size (Circle)

 

Miraclesuit Plus Size Swimsuit, Aurora Ruched Tummy Control Swimdress

 

With control top features from brands like Spanx, it’s much easier to find a suit that will hug your body in the right places. Black is universally slimming, but a bold jewel toned-number will look amazing against your complexion, and you can find one with embellishments to spice it up. If your chest is large, a printed tankini with a sturdy strap or a built-in bra will accentuate your waistline and provide adequate support up top. Also, swim dresses don’t have to be matronly! Pick a fun print and accessorize your look with beach-friendly jewelry.

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Plus Size (Circle)

 

 

Swim Solutions Plus Size Swimsuit, Animal Print Ruffle Tummy Control One Piece

 

 

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Long & Lean (Rectangular)

 

Mara Hoffman Ladder High Waisted Bikini

 

If your goal is to appear curvier, a retro-style bikini is perfect for you. The high-waisted shorts provide an optical illusion of an hourglass by highlighting your hips. Halter-tops and bralettes are also work well for your body because the slight padding and push up support will enhance your cleavage. Another style to try out is a monokini with the sides cut out. The dimensions of the swimsuit will automatically make give you a boost. Also, try on some belted one-pieces and bikinis with ruching in the areas that you want to appear fuller.

 

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Long & Lean (Rectangular)

Seafolly Limited Edition Hi-Gloss Ladder Cut Out Swimsuit With Padded Cups

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Bottom Heavy (Teardrop)

 

Mouille Chloe Frill One Shoulder Swim Suit

If you fall into this category, your focus should be on colors and prints. The key is playing tricks with the eye and drawing attention to your upper body. Many swimwear lines offer the mix and match styles, so try to keep it solid on bottom. You have a lot of room to play with options that don’t work for most ladies (for fear of a Wardrobe Malfunction): triangle tops, bandeaus and strapless. Be adventurous with fringes, bows and unique clasps. If you’re going the bikini route, shorts or bottoms with rings will hold everything in place and keep your suit from riding up.

 

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Bottom Heavy (Teardrop)

 

Tori Praver Swimwear Dusty Fringe Bandeau

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Top Heavy (Inverted Triangle)

 

Magicsuit Halter Top With Controled Skirted Bottom

 

Your main priority is to make sure you have enough support, especially if you plan to swim! Some stores such as Target carry lines that incorporate cup sizes into tops to eliminate the guesswork. Obviously strapless suits, and busy prints are not going to be your best bet. Go for simple, solid coverage up top and select boyshorts, skirts and attention-grabbing patterns that will help you look a little fuller in that region. Also note, fabrics like nylon and lyrca will keep your chest lifted and give you some breathing room. If you’d like a one-piece, a v-neck is ultimately majorly flattering for cleavage.

 

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