Check your body-image hang-ups at the door, ladies. We squeezed all the juicy deets from the pros on what it takes to find the perfect suit for your body type—including everything from heaven-sent technological advances (hello, roll control) to the hottest style trends. Armed with this guide, you’ll be walking on sunshine, all the way down the beach.
According to Sophie Gagnon, merchandise manager at Montreal-based swim chain Bikini Village, “The objective is to always bring the [woman’s silhouette] back to a rectangle. If your shoulders are wider, you’ll need to wear something smaller on top and a fuller bottom [in order] to balance them out.” And vice versa.
Look for: a more substantial tank or scoop-neck style (they’ll help balance your fuller lower body); ample coverage in the derriere; geometric or floral placements that will draw the eye upward; higher-cut sides, which will lengthen and slim thighs
Avoid: tight belts or elastics that may cause bulges
Look for: horizontal stripes; curve-creating hipster bottoms and halter necks; cutout or colour-blocked styles that present the illusion of curves
Avoid: boy shorts, which shorten the legs and create a square shape
Look for: plunging and halter-style necklines; smaller, denser floral or geometric prints
Avoid: bandeau tops, which minimize the bustline; high-waisted bottoms (when it’s a two-piece); supersized patterns, which can overwhelm your figure
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