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SWIMSUITS FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

Take the plunge this summer in a splashy suit that fits your figure


SWIMSUITS FOR YOUR BODY TYPE
Take the plunge this summer in a splashy suit that fits your figure


Michael Kors


 
Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Size Matters

Bathing suit shopping? Right up there with a crowded discount cruise. To help make the process a little less painful we’ve put together the ultimate swimsuit size guide. Whether you’ve got a large or small bust, are pear shaped or string bean, you’ll find a sexy maillot or bodacious bikini that fits your bod.

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Full Top Shapely Bottom Curvy
 



Tall & Thin Petite Athletic
 

FULL TOP

Herve Leger


 
Herve Leger

Herve Leger by Max Azria

Why it works:
• Wide straps and underwire lend added support.
• A maillot with a decorative cutout or deep v enhances your curves.
• A halter style with thick straps plays a supporting role.
• Opt for solid colours on top to play down a larger chest.

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Vitamin A


 
Vitamin A

Vitamin A bikini top, $110 and bottom, $100. Offshores, 780-757-1915.

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V del Sol


 
V del Sol

V del Sol chain bikini, $260. At Holt Renfrew and gonebananasbeachwear.com.

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Aqua Di Lara


 
Aqua Di Lara

Aqua Di Lara swimsuit, $255. At Melmira Bra and Swimsuits, 416-485-0576.

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SHAPELY BOTTOM

Emporio Armani


 
Emporio Armani

Emporio Armani

Why it works:
• Strapless and one-shoulder styles accentuate the décolletage and shift the focus to the shoulders.
• Balance proportions with extra details on top such as ruffles and embellishment.
• Lighter colors on top draw the eye upward and to create the illusion of narrower hips.
• Sporty boy cut briefs or skirt suits in darker colors hide any problem areas.

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Lenny


 
Lenny

Lenny maillot, $244. Spiegel.com.

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V del Sol


 
V del Sol

V del Sol maillot, $135. At Sole Swimwear, 416-368-9190 and gonebananasbeachwear.com.

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Billa Bong


 
Billa Bong

Billa Bong bikini top, $50 and bottom $45. At Aloha Bikini in Sherbrooke, QC, Swimco and Sublime.

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CURVY

Oscar de la Renta


 
Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Why it works:
• Suits that act like corsets or with waist-whittling belts accentuate an hourglass.
• Wide straps add support while retro styles with fuller briefs provide coverage.
• Halter styles give a great décolletage.
• Ruched details around the midsection hide a tummy.
• Opt for darker color combinations.

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Melissa Odabash


 
Melissa Odabash

Melissa Odabash swimsuit, $230. Holt Renfrew.

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V del Sol


 
V del Sol

V del Sol bikini, $168. At Holt Renfrew and gonebananasbeachwear.com.

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Shan


 
Shan

Shan swimsuit, $295, 1-888-687-7101.

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THIN

Gucci


 
Gucci

Gucci

Why it works:
• A sporty shape with bold patterns or stripes boosts a slender frame.
• Look for delicate lingerie touches like curve-creating boning and underwire.
• Horizontal stripes and swirly patterns give the illusion of more shape.
• A richly textured suit with side cutouts adds definition and breaks up a long torso.
• A padded suit adds to your assets.

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Seafolly


 
Seafolly

Seafolly bikini, $163. 1-800-833-2260.

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Billa Bong


 
Billa Bong

Billa Bong bikini, $80. Billa Bong stores across Canada.

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Melissa Odabash


 
Melissa Odabash

Melissa Odabash cutout swimsuit, $340. Netaporter.com

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PETITE

Michael Kors


 
Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Why it works:
• Sophisticated prints look neither too cutesy nor overwhelm on tiny builds.
• Empire waists elongate the line.
• Strapless and shoulder details draw the eye up.

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Jessika Allen


 
Jessika Allen

Jets by Jessika Allen halterneck swimsuit, $210. Sandpipers.

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Matthew Williamson


 
Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson bikini, $265. Netaporter.com.

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Missoni


 
Missoni

Missoni woven swimsuit, $510. Holt Renfrew.

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ATHLETIC

Emilio Pucci


 
Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Why it works:
• Competition inspired racerbacks or crisscross styles stay put.
• Leg cuts are made for movement.
• Ruching and drop waists define your hips.

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Lisa Marie Fernandez


 
Lisa Marie Fernandez

Lisa Marie Fernandez scuba bikini, $335. Netaporter.com.

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Calvin Klein


 
Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein push up swimsuit, $120. The Bay.

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Lisa Marie Fernandez


 
Lisa Marie Fernandez

Lisa Marie Fernandez tank bikini, $355. Netaporter.com

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