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Buying the Right Swimsuit for Your Body Type

That time of year is upon us. If you live in a colder climate, we recommend waiting until June to buy your swim suits this season. Many of us in the Northern hemisphere can’t actually wear them until then and we can reap the benefits of early season sales. If you’ve started your search, follow these guidelines to help find the right fit for your body type. Summer should be full of fun and sun and you need to be confident in your look. Think of your swimsuit as a look and don’t discount jewelry, hats, and cover ups. We scoured the internet for the most accessible solutions for the average girl. Here are a few tips from the style gurus at the Huffington Post to get you started:

If you have….

Small breasts, pick a suit with embellishment on the top. Ruffles or or center rings are a great place to start. Victoria’s Secret is a great place to start because they offer tops specifically designed for a small bust, giving a little extra lift,like the one pictured here.

Photo Credit: Huffington Post, Lisa Marie Fernadez “Natalie Flounce Bikini”, $257; Victoria’s Secret Fabulous Push-Up Triangle Top, $33

Large breasts, avoid triangle tops at all costs. You cannot buy tops that come in S,M,L. You absolutely must find tops that come in bra sizes. Thick straps are also a must. You do not want to walk around feeling unsure if your top is going to fall down. Coverage is good, bandeau tops are not.

A flat butt, look for bottoms that include ruching or prints (or both). It will give the illusion of a fuller bottom. You don’t have to be afraid of itty bitty bikinis bottoms. They will work for you better than full coverage bottoms, which just flatten you out even more.

A fuller bottom, solid bottoms and printed tops will balance you out. Full coverage will not only, well, cover you, but you’ll be more comfortable. You can pull off the trendy high-waisted bottom. The high-waisted bottom also works well to cover love handles!

big butt
Photo Credit: Huffington Post: Swim Sexy Python Halter High-Waist Bikini, $43.50; MagicSuit Come Slither Jennifer Suit, $140

A short torso, halter tops are your friend! Pull the eye away from your bottom and to the curve of your shoulders and plunging neckline. Low rise bottoms can only help create mores space.

An athletic body, don’t be afraid to add some frills to give the illusion of curves. Ruching, soft edges, side ties, and ruffles all create illusions of softness or curves.

Photo Credit: Huffington Post, Victoria’s Secret Flounce Halter Top, $28; Black Bandeau Ruffle Floral Bikini Top & Ruffle Swimwear Bottom, $34

Victoria’s Secret Canada has great options for mixing and matching, and at affordable prices. It’s a great place to find the right cuts for your tops and bottoms, respectively. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to go a bit more high-end, try Everything But Water. It’s more resort-style swimwear, with price tags to match.