Don’t exactly squeal with excitement for swimsuit season? You’re not alone. If you plan on swimming and splashing in the water at some point during the summer, buying a bathing suit is a must.
Thing is, despite so many swim suit options, why does it seem that most of those you see online or at the store are slinky two-pieces you would never even consider wearing in public?
So what are the best swimsuits to wear for your body type when you don’t want to wear an itty bitty bikini? Glad you asked.
We searched high and low to find some great swimsuit options including one pieces, tankinis and skirtinis that will flatter your figure no matter what your size or shape.
Get ready to enter the bikini-free zone. You’re welcome.
When you have small boobs like me, halter tops are a good option because it creates a little bit of a cleavage illusion (if that’s what you want) and keeps your fried eggs in place 😉 Fringe, ruffles and other little frills are also good for small chests because they give more volume, not to mention they’re just really cute. But if you’re like me and absolutely hate tan lines, a molded strapless tankini is your swimsuit BFF. It gives just enough oomph and absolutely no tan lines! I always seem to find good options at TJ Maxx and Marshalls (like the MK version I’m wearing in the above photo) but you can also try the Anne Cole twist-front shirred tankini top on Amazon--it’s fabulous, comes in different colors and is affordably priced from $15 to $78.
If you’ve been blessed with bountiful breasts, it can be tough finding a bathing suit that keeps your pair in place. A ruched bandeau-top swimsuit like this one from J.Crew is simple, modern, stylish and holds you in nicely. (It also comes in sizes up to DD). Another good choice is the Aixy one-piece swimsuit on Amazon for only $24! Not only do the flounce ruffles on the chest offer good coverage with removable/adjustable straps (it has excellent user reviews), but the vintage leaf print is totally on point for the season. The suit won’t suck in the rest of your body, but that’s OK-- who wants to feel tightly wrapped like a mummy anyway?
For those who have boyish body types, it might feel like a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you don’t have to worry about any unwanted spillage. On the other hand, you might feel self-conscious that you don’t have more curves. Either way, we want you to feel comfortable during swimsuit season and celebrate your body just as it is. Since wearing a bikini isn’t your thing, try the same kind of suits we recommend for small boobs--tankinis or one-pieces with lightly padded built-in bras and other details such as ruching (aka gathering or pleating), ruffles and even V-neck cuts for a little extra sexiness. We like this $40 mesh number from Target that has lots of visual interest with the different textures and asymmetrical patterns.
I don’t know what other phrase to use other than “plus size,” so if there’s something more appropriate, please let me know! If you think about it, plus size is actually standard size--the average American woman today wears between a size 16-18. We applaud women who rock a bikini no matter their size, but since this list is for those of us who don’t want to sport a tiny two-piece, we suggest a one-piece with ruching, color blocking or fun patterns. We love supermodel Ashley Graham’s Swimsuits For All 13-piece collection featuring one-pieces and cover-ups priced between $102 and $108 for sizes 4-22.
If you’re not exactly plus size but still have a little belly pooch, tankinis and blouson tankinis like the one above are a really good option to mask the pansa and still feel comfy. If you want to keep it modest yet fun, there's also a one-piece from MAXMODA on Amazon with removable cups and lots of fun ruffles to camouflage that tummy. So go ahead, girl--eat those fries and enjoy your time poolside.
When your body’s bootylicious, we say go for it and wear a suit that showcases your assets. But if you want to keep it a little more subtle (yet no less stylish), this adorable COCOSHIP retro-style skirtini on Amazon is just the ticket. The halter top has a molded underwire bra with removable pads and because of the flouncy skirtini silhouette, this versatile swimsuit can actually double as a sundress. Plus, the bottoms are more like boy shorts than a bikini, so they won’t ride up as much. At $28, this vintage-inspired suit is a steal!
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