We at SLH are ready to soak up the sun and beat the heat in style, and we all want to look like a knockout poolside or at the beach. So it’s vital to find the perfect suit that contours, and accentuates our best features.
We’ve curated an inspiring collection of swimsuits that will look divine based on your figure type. So grab your sunscreen or bronzer, it’s time to hit the beach!
ATHLETIC LEAN & SERENE
Remember that iconic scene from the film Charlie’s Angels? Where Cameron Diaz looks stunning and California chic in a white-hot bikini? If you have an athletic build like hers, a solid color two-piece suit is a fashion essential for Summer. A halter neckline will always make you look chic and sexy. Showcase your athletic and lean build with confidence and sportiness. Here’s one of our favs…
Shop This Look: Kona Sol™ Twist Halter Bikini – $19.99, Kona Sol™ Medium Coverage Foldover Hipster Bikini Bottom – $15.28
Or, a solid color one-shoulder one-piece swimsuit is sure to be a knockout, too. This one by Proenza Schouler is a stellar must-have from Gilt. Both looks will suit you because they emphasize your shoulders with a coquettish charm. They accentuate your narrow slender hips and tiny waist stylishly. Add some flair to any of these looks with some subtle ruffles. Patterns or solid colors work amazing on any lean build. You’ll be the Diaz everyone will be sure to remember.
Shop This Look: Proenza Schouler Layered High Neck One-Piece – $129.99
Are you someone that has a classic hourglass body shape? A curvaceous figure, a full bust, and rounded hips, too? Bombshell is synonymous with the hourglass shape. A show-stopping one-piece front shirring suit in plum by Miracle Brands from Target is a très chic choice. This suit will flatter your voluptuous figure with sophistication and style. Its’ plunging keyhole neckline will complement your décolletage while the shirring camouflages your tummy!
Shop This Look: Miracle Brand’s Dreamsuit w/High Neck Keyhole – $64.99
For a two-piece, make a powerful and sexy statement with your bodacious figure. Go for a bra style top with underwiring and pair it with high-waisted bikini bottoms. It will give you the effect of elongating your shapely gams. Find a stylish polka dot design to add some playful seduction. The print draws the eye towards the right places. Your va-va-voom figure will be all the rage. Embrace it in style!
Shop This Look: Plus Size Dot Print Halter Top With High Waist Bikini Set – $16.00
PEAR SHAPED & LUSCIOUS
There’s a bikini for everyone, and the best for a pear-shaped figure is a mix ‘n’ match bikini. This mixed combo below is a perfect example. Choose patterns, add detailing on the top, and mix it up with a dark-colored plain bikini bottom. You can achieve the effect of pulling the eye upwards this way.
One-piece suits with ruffles or enticing patterns will highlight your toned upper half. Steering any gaze away from the areas you rather not emphasize. It’s an excellent choice for a pear-shaped figure, like this beauty…
Shop This Look: Pour Moi Sunkissed Control One-Piece Swimsuit – $20.99
Halter neck tankini tops will flatter just about any sexy and shapely beach goddess. It will widen your shoulders, balance out your curvaceous hips, and hide your tummy in the process.
VOGUE YOUR APPLE SHAPE
Do you have a sensual apple shaped figure? The go-to to swimsuit for this body shape is the tankini, like the below example by Anne Cole. Tankinis are fabulous! They’re like the uplifting and positive girlfriend we love to have around. Phenomenal in every way, tankinis hide muffin tops and untoned tummies elegantly. And it’s effortlessly chic, as Vogue’s Fashion News Director Katherine Betts, once said of tankinis, that they were a good option for active beach goers who don’t want to have to worry about “losing their top”.
Shop This Look: Anne Cole Plus Live in Color Underwire Front Twist Tankini Top – $68.00
For a two-piece, the best bikini option for you is one that emphasizes your Venus-like legs. Pairing high-waist, high leg cut bottoms with a supportive top is a fantastic combination. Here’s a great example
MATERNITY HOT MAMA
For a mother-to-be, the best swimsuits should be stylish, practical, and comfortable to wear. A one-piece swimsuit by Ingrid & Isabel™ in a vibrant cotton-candy pink from Target is lively. Opt for this delicately detailed tie-shoulder piece. It’s both flirty and fun like the shores of the French Riviera. Its v-neckline and open scoop back is comfortable and easy to wear. The ties on either shoulder give you the freedom to create the right fit, and it’s a breeze to put on and off. You’ll be Summer’s “Hot mama,” indeed.
Shop This Look: Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Pink Tie Shoulder One Piece – $27.99
We’ve mentioned them before, and we’re mentioning them again. Tankinis are another excellent option for this body shape. As you get further along in your pregnancy, you may find one-piece options feeling a little tight. Opt for a tankini, especially one that offers generous space for your growing little one. This “flutter top” option from Sea Angel is comfy, stylish and fun…
Shop This Look: Sea Angel Maternity Striped Scoop Neck Flutter Top – $34.99
Think you can’t rock a bikini while awaiting your bundle of love? Of course you can! The nature of a well-made bikini gives your midsection total freedom to show your glow in all its glory. The trick to keeping everything in its place? First, invest in a top with a bra-fit level of support. For your bottoms, you’ll want something that allows for growth, but fits like a glove. The solution? A quality constructed, side-tie bottom option will give you the perfect fit every time. Best part? You can continue to wear this option postpartum and for years to come. Here’s our Editors favorite…
Shop This Look: Freya Tiki Bar Underwire Sweetheart Bikini Swim Top – $64.00, Freya Tiki Bar Rio tie Side Brief Swim Bottom – $44.00
POSTPARTUM BODY OF JOY
A couple of things to have in mind for postpartum swimsuits are tummy control or ruching details. A halter neck will draw the eye upward to accentuate the firmer parts of your body. This halter one-piece by MagicSuit is the postpartum dream suit that is utterly chic. You’ll love its simplicity and ease of wear. If a suit lacks tummy control, integrate a tummy shaper to serve as one underneath and ¡Voilà!
Shop This Look: MagicSuit Solid Angelina Wire-Free One Piece – $160.00
A tankini is perfect for any postpartum body shape, too. Jazz it up with vertical lines, a gingham print, or any flattering pattern. By doing so, you’ll minimize the attention of the softer parts of your body, like your healing abdomen.
Shop This Look: Anne Cole In First Lace Crochet Wrap Top – $72.00
We all love fashion, but women’s swimsuits are on a different fashion stratosphere. We can become quite conscious of ourselves and start focusing solely on our “imperfections.” We forgo seeing the beauty that exists in all body shapes, when we should be embracing ourselves for the lovely goddesses we are. We hope our guide has given you some great ideas on what suits truly “suit” you!