The Best Swimsuits for Every Body Type
When it comes to clothing, there are few things that give women more anxiety than the swimsuit: First, there’s the process of weeding through the multitudes of possibilities, and then there’s the actual wearing of it. Finding the right suit—one that’s designed for your figure—can go a long way toward quieting that anxiety.
Just in time for swimsuit season, we sorted through hundreds of swimwear options to find suits meant to flatter women with different body types: those with large chests, those with a tummy they'd prefer to camouflage, those with full hips and thighs, and those with straighter shapes. So settle in with a beach read and a frozen drink—we’ll see you in the sand.
Less-endowed ladies, consider yourselves lucky! You can pretty much wear any style, regardless of how supportive. To emphasize what you’ve got, make your M.O. “lift and separate.” Stick to suits that have a bit of padding or boning to add contours, or try busy patterns or ruffles for a little enhancement without any added material.
MIMI The Label Geraldine One-Piece
Sure it's a splurge, but thanks to its plunging neckline and eye-catching hue, this baby blue suit is ideal for smaller busts. Bonus: The one-piece doubles as a bodysuit when you're not at the beach.
To buy: $220; mimithelabel.com.
L *Space Ribbed Milo Top and Ribbed Camacho Bottoms
Mikoh Kumu Bikini Top
Square bodice and spaghetti straps make this sleek bandeau a modern classic. With no back clasp or heavy-duty support, this top really is more like a bralette, so tread carefully if you're on the chestier side.
To buy: $112; shop.mikoh.com.
Aerie Pique Bandeau Bikini Top
Double-lined and finished with an adorable button details, this simple Aerie bikini top comes in 18 different colors. Mix and match with 10 different bikini bottom options to completely customize your two-piece.
To buy: $35; aerie.com.
Vitamin A Rumba Dots Sultana Top
Busy prints are a blessing for small frames, and this patterned polka dot swimsuit is an itty bitty option you'll want to wear all summer long.
To buy: $106; vitaminaswim.com.
Becca Ruffle Bikini Top
Fluttery ruffles add visual interest to this triangle cup, which comes equipped with adjustable straps and removable padding for added comfort and a customizable fit.
To buy: $64; nordstrom.com.
Marysia French Mott Maillot in Lemonade Gingham
Embrace bathing suit season in this adorable, pastel gingham one-piece, complete with a dainty black pom-pom-studded hemline.
To buy: $354; marysia.com.
Calzedonia Regina Cutout Bikini
Chelsea28 Ruffle Trim One-Piece Swimsuit
A strappy back cutout, plunging neckline, and ruffled detailing offer an updated twist on this classic black one-piece.
To buy: $89; nordstrom.com.
Land's End Square Neck Top and Banded Low-Waist Hipster Bottoms
This ruffled-edge bikini is easy, sophisticated, and eye-catching for everything from sunbathing to body surfing. If you're looking for coverage, this might not be your best bet—it boasts a slightly higher leg opening and slightly less support on top.
Narrower figures need not worry about balancing proportions, and can wear nearly anything they want. But if it’s curves you’re after, consider adding dimensional details like cut-outs, shirring, and bold prints to create the illusion of a more hourglass shape.
Bromelia Swimwear Grumari One-Piece
Available in five shades and prints, this one-piece features a deep scoop neck that keeps everything perfectly in place, whether you're lounging by the pool or splashing in the surf.
To buy: $99; shop.bromeliario.com.
Matteau The Scoop Maillot
A sweet and playful scoop-neck one-piece like this never goes out of style. Show off your back without showing off too much in front with this bathing suit.
To buy: $300; int.matteau-store.com.
Solid and Striped The Paula One-Piece
Desert tones, like this suit's burnt orange hue, are so hot right now—think of them as the fresh alternative to old-school neutrals. Paired with eye-catching ruching, bows, and cutouts, you're pretty much set to be the most stylish one in the sun.
To buy: $158; saksfifthavenue.com.
Flagpole Lynn With Sash One-Piece
It might not look like it, but this cutout one-piece is as supportive as it is cute. Stay in place thanks to its built-in shelf bra and front and back lining, and customize your look by adding or removing the flattering and feminine front sash.
To buy: $395; flagpolenyc.com.
Vix Black Piping One Piece
Alluring but not overly revealing, the smartly-placed piping of this flattering swimsuit creates the impression of curves without any padding.
To buy: $210; vixpaulahermanny.com.
Salinas By the Bay One-Piece
Love playful, summery patterns? Then you need this strapless swimsuit with its palm tree motif, white collar touting, and textured fabric.
To buy: $185; modcloth.com.
Vix Stripe Dot Bandeau Bikini
Two-pieces with a bit more support and substance can help create a shape that appears more curvaceous. These high-waisted bottoms help hips appear shapelier, while the bandeau top features eye-catching striped detailing.
To buy: Top, $80; and bottoms, $92; vixpaulahermanny.com.
Eberjey Dotty Lola One-Piece
This sweet polka-dot suit has subtle support from removable halter straps and back bow. Ditch the straps for for an even tan then pop them back on for a dip. If you're smaller up top and looking for a fuller silhouette, definitely give this bathing suit a whirl.
To buy: $169; amazon.com.
Solid and Striped The Ginger Bikini
Summersalt The Ribbed Voyager Swimsuit
With its timeless scoop neck, super soft composition, and built-in cups, this comfortable suit features just the right amount of figure-flattering stretch.
To buy: $95; summersalt.com.
Haight One-shoulder Black Cutout Swimsuit
Here's a gorgeous bathing suit perfect for anyone who can't decide between a one-piece and a bikini. Its geometric peekaboo cutouts make a classic black swimsuit feel fresh and cool and adds dimension to a straighter silhouette.
To buy: $179; brazilianbikinishop.com.
Chelsea28 Scallop Triangle Bikini
Feeling a little self-conscious about exposing your midsection? (Honestly, who isn’t?) Don’t shy away from swimwear—options from one-pieces to tankinis to, yes, even bikinis, come in cuts so flattering you’ll feel confident flaunting your figure.
Summersalt The High Leg High-Rise Bikini
Take things up a notch with this high-cut (read: figure-flattering) brief that draws eyes upward with its color block band. Available in six colors.
To buy: $45; summersalt.com.
Araks Myriam Bikini Top and Mallory High-Waisted Bottoms
Sunsets Palmetto Print Bikini
Anyone, regardless of shape or size, can wear—and look great in!—a bikini. Think of these bottoms as a high-waisted alternative: The soft, top band won’t dig into skin and when worn up (instead of folded over, which is also an option) dips into a flatteringly elongating “V” at the center.
To buy: Similar color bikini top, from $17, and similar style bottoms, from $13; amazon.com.
Modcloth Set The Serene Bikini
An all around winner, these high-waisted bottoms work like Spanx to provide control from the navel down, while a fuller cut adds supportive structure to the top. We especially love that this suit is available all the way through sizes XS through 4X.
To buy: bikini top, $55, and bottoms, $49; modcloth.com.
Amoressa Phantom Leroux Two-Tone One-Piece
Make this two-tone swimsuit your new go-to piece for sun and swim. Medium, all-over body coverage and soft cups contour your every curve, while a sleek diagonal color-block design, small keyhole and cutouts set this suit apart.
To buy: $158; neimanmarcus.com.
Longitude Safari Night High Neck Tank One Piece Suit
Don’t fear a horizontal print! While it’s true that they can make your shape appear wider, an option like this one—which is broken up by tons of bold, graphic appeal, and has some vertical movement as well—won’t have the same effect. The black base is also super slimming for women who carry a little extra weight just over their hips.
To buy: $89; amazon.com.
Miraclesuit Must Have Escape One-Piece Suit
Treat yourself to a neutral one-piece that makes you feel amazing, no matter what. With a modest neckline, shirred bodice, and shapewear-inspired design, it accentuates what you love and conceals what you don't—without any effort on your part.
To buy: $162; saksfifthavenue.com.
Full Hips and Thighs
Balance out a bottom-heavy figure with bold patterns or colors on top that draw the eye upward. Watch out for cuts like boy shorts that hit straight across the thigh, making them appear wider, and look for suits with higher-cut leg-lines instead.
Swimsuits For All Lycra One Piece
If this suit's built-in shelf bra and elastic underband wasn't enough for shoppers in search of added support, this swimsuit is made with a chlorine-resistant fabric that's designed to retain its fit over time.
To buy: $47; swimsuitsforall.com.