Finding the best fit for you

Our guide to helping you score your most flattering swimsuit

Body friendly buys
Our guide to helping you score your most flattering swimsuit

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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.

Pear shaped
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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Look for: details that camouflage or draw attention away from the bustline, such as ruffles, shirring, draping or details at and below the waist; adjustable straps
Avoid: ruffles or big floral patterns at the chest; bra styles that minimize the bust by flattening it (not only will the bust appear fuller and rounder but flattening the breasts will also shorten the body)

Thicker middle
Look for: empire waistlines, vertical geometrics and ruching, which all elongate the torso; specially constructed suits that have higher Lycra counts, which will tighten your waist
Avoid: tankinis, which accentuate the tummy; colour blocking or other design details that divide the body in unflattering places

Plus size
Look for: Full-support construction; geometrics; strategic print placement, such as colour blocking; waist-cinching details, such as sashes, belts and crossover fronts; hardware details at the side, which will bring attention to one area. “If fuller figured, it’s important to keep the eye at bust level,” says Amie Heenan of Toronto’s Melmira Swimsuits, “so look for plunging necklines, bandeaus and ombré prints.”
Avoid: square necklines (which can make your body appear boxy) and horizontal lines

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