Swim­suit Style

Find­ing the right fit for your body is key in a suc­cess­ful wardrobe buy. Swim­suit de­sign­ers share their tips on how to choose the right swim­suit for your body type.

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2015 is def­i­nitely the year of the booty…so em­brace it and the rest of your hour­glass curves!

“The most im­por­tant thing to con­sider is fit. Does the suit re­ally fit you and do you feel com­fort­able in it. Don’t be afraid to try on a suit that is a size up from what you nor­mally wear,” says swim­suit designer Trina Turk.

Still, Rey­han Sofraci of the swim­suit la­bel Aqua Di Lara cau­tions against au­to­mat­i­cally opt­ing for larger de­signs. “There is this mis­un­der­stand­ing that big­ger bot­toms make your back­side look smaller, but it’s the com­plete op­po­site ac­tu­ally. It’s im­por­tant to keep an eye out on the rise and the an­gled cuts of the legs of the suit. A higher leg line will make legs looks longer and a lower leg line will make hips look wider,” says Sofraci. “One of the main con­cerns I get with ladies order­ing cus­tom swim­suits is they want to wear some­thing that makes them feel pretty, but doesn’t have so much cov­er­age that they feel like they’re wear­ing their grand­mother’s swim­suit,” says Kath­leen Bru­en­ing of the swim­suit brand Kate Swim, who notes that “With a larger chest, your main con­cern is sup­port. Large chests gen­er­ally don’t work very well with a tri­an­gle top. Bet­ter op­tions are a hal­ter style, a ban­deau with straps, or even some­thing a lit­tle more sporty, such as a racer­back.”


Ev­ery­one has those days when a belly-bar­ing swim­suit just isn’t in the cards. Thank­fully, de­sign de­tails like ruch­ing, a pe­plum, a plung­ing neck­line or even a pair of high-waisted bikini briefs work to con­ceal.

“One-pieces are a great op­tion for some­one who wants to cam­ou­flage their stom­ach,” says Turk. “They pro­vide struc­ture and sup­port and can help shape the waist­line. Also, choos­ing a suit with de­tail­ing on the top will help draw the eye up and away from the stom­ach re­gion.”

“When women are con­cerned about their tummy, they tend to just cover up ev­ery­thing, even though they may have a beau­ti­ful back or shoul­ders,” adds Bru­en­ing. “Choose a swim­suit that shows off what you love about your body and that will de-em­pha­size the tummy area. A one-piece with tummy con­trol and princess seam­ing—a seam or a cutout that runs ver­ti­cally along the sides of your waist and gives the illusion of a smaller waist—will also bring more pro­por­tion to your body.”

Still, Sofraci says you don’t need to write off biki­nis just yet. “Biki­nis are still good op­tions, es­pe­cially with the new fringe styles that can cover your tummy area—they can be stylish and fun!”


Work with what your mama gave you, in­clud­ing a small chest. There are al­ways tricks to give the girls a boost.

“I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate three­d­i­men­sional (3D) tex­tures on a small chest, such as a beau­ti­ful ruf­fle top,” says Bru­en­ing. “3D tex­tures al­most add a cup size. You may also want to go a size smaller than nor­mal to give you a lit­tle more cleav­age, show just a touch more skin, and open up your frame.”

“A brightly coloured top, matched with a dark coloured bot­tom, works well to­gether, as does a printed top and a solid bot­tom,” adds Sofraci.

Again, fit is es­sen­tial. “A well­fit­ting suit is key for all body types,” stresses Turk. “If you have

a small chest, make sure the top fits prop­erly and is not too big. Ex­cess ma­te­rial will make you look smaller than you are. Se­lect suits with built-in cups or pad­ding to help give you ex­tra shape.”


The clas­sic one-piece swim­suit is not only mega popular at the mo­ment, but also equally as hot as any two-piece.

“Ev­ery woman should own a monokini,” says Sofraci. “If it does what it’s sup­posed to and flaunts the parts of your body that you are proud of, it changes your stride and gives more con­fi­dence. Our Dia­manté style is known to cre­ate this feel­ing.”

“I pre­fer one-pieces with beau­ti­ful cutouts or a su­per low back,” adds Bru­en­ing. “Try on one-pieces in dif­fer­ent colours, shapes, tex­tures of fab­ric and es­pe­cially ones you would never ex­pect to work. There are so many beau­ti­ful shapes out there that you can’t fully ap­pre­ci­ate un­til they are on your body.”

“If you have a great back, se­lect a one-piece that has a low-cut back or strappy back de­tail­ing,” says Turk. “If you have a great chest, se­lect a one-piece that has a plung­ing neck­line. If you have amaz­ing shoul­ders and arms, se­lect a ban­deau one­piece to show them off.”


An ath­letic fig­ure is toned with broad shoul­ders and few curves, but that doesn’t mean there are fewer swim­suit op­tions.

“Don’t be afraid to try suits with cutouts or that fea­ture a oneshoul­der de­sign. They will help cre­ate shape and de­fine your curves,” says Turk.

“Ban­deau tops are great and are now cut to pro­vide a bit of a pushup and look more fem­i­nine with their shapes,” adds Sofraci.

“The more fem­i­nine the style, the bet­ter. I sug­gest choos­ing an un­der­wire top for any­one who is more of a re­verse tri­an­gle shape—broader on top and smaller on the bot­tom. You will get the sup­port you need if you are ac­tu­ally do­ing sports ac­tiv­i­ties or you’re a lit­tle more ac­tive, while get­ting more of that bra, lin­gerie feel,” says Bru­en­ing. “When it comes to bot­toms, a boy short or a tie side with a lower leg line is re­ally amaz­ing for peo­ple who are re­ally sym­met­ri­cal—their torso and their legs are per­fectly in line—and will cre­ate that wom­anly curve.”


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