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Bathing Suit Season

Is there anything more shocking than that moment when you realize that you’re going to have to put on your first bathing suit of the season?


While I have no beach plans for this summer, I do have a trip planned for September that may include some quality suit-time in Southern France. So once we’ve whipped ourself into fighting shape, the next step is to pick the perfect suit to maximize our assets. One of my biggest pet peeves in magazine articles about bathing suits and body types is that they use the same rail thin model to showcase the suits for pear shapes, boyish figures, curvy girls and petites. Really?

As I am at the mercy of the photographs that I”m able to find online to share with you, unfortunately I will be failing in that respect as well. That being said, I will do my best to provide you with the most flattering suits available for all body types.

Athletic/Lean Build:

If you have an athletic build, narrow hips or a smaller upper body, you can rock those itty bitty triangle suits with ease. The triangle shape on top will emphasize what you’ve got and the tied sides will flatter your hips and butt. And if you’re more of a one-piece girl, try on a great colorful suit with cut-outs or a fun monokini.

{Yellow String Bikini – $42 Top & $44 Bottom @ Victoria’s Secret}

{MARC by Marc Jacobs Cut-Out One Piece – $142 @ Bloomingdale’s}

{Nanette Lepore One Piece – $139 @ Bloomingdale’s}

Pear Shaped:

If you’re more pear-shaped – i.e. smaller on top with more generous hips – You want to make sure that your suit has thicker sides on the bottom so that it covers all your assets. Or try a pin-up inspired one piece suit, the more ruffles and polka dots, the better!

{Ruffled Peach Bikini – $20 Top & $18 Bottom @ Victoria’s Secret}


{Leopard Print One Piece – $58 @ Asos}


{Heart Print One-Piece – $89 @ Mod Cloth}


If you’re a curvier girl who wants to show off what she has – Thank you Beyonce, Thank you Ditta – You want to make sure that your suit has enough support. Namely thicker straps. Another great choice is a skirted one piece, which will really lengthen the torso.

{Multicolored Bikini – Top $28 & Bottom $21 @ Victoria’s Secret}

{Coco Rave – $94 @ Macys}

{Polka Dot Retro One-Piece – $89 @ Mod Cloth}


If you’re anything like me, your body doesn’t fit into any of the convenient categories above (I’m tall with an athletic build, but still on the curvy side) so here are some suits that will flatter just about any body type.

{Victoria’s Secret – $26 Top & $21 Bottom}

This suit has thicker straps around the neck on top and full coverage on the bottom. While we may not all look like Alessandra Ambrosio, in this suit we can at least look our best!

 {Shoshanna Bikini – $92 Top & $99 Bottom @ Bloomingdale’s}

Personally, white, strapless, and ruffled on top are the first thing that I always rule out when I’m bathing suit shopping. While white suits always look amazing on the hanger, they rarely look anything but cheap once they’re wet. Strapless is a great look and I always gaze enviously at girls who can pull it off, but unfortunately if you’re generously proportioned on top you will spend most of your time adjusting your bathing suit rather than enjoying yourself. And finally, ruffles are intended to emphasize a smaller chest which means that they can make you look top-heavy if you have a larger chest.


{Tankini – Top $49 & Bottom $29 @ Victoria’s Secret}

What’s your go-to bathingsuit style? Are you going to try a new style this season?

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