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You'll score flattering swimwear in a snap (talk about a major confidence booster!) when you know what to look for. Just in time for summer, Stacy London, SHAPE's style editor-at-large, and Martina Gordon and Beckie Klein, NYC-based Style for Hire stylists, helped five women find the perfect suit for their body type. Steal their tips to make a splash this season!
BONUS: Catch the behind-the-scenes video from the swimsuit photo shoot for exclusive tips from the stylists.
Hourglass figures can look hot in hot pink! A twist-front neckline and all-over ruching enhance the slimming effect of a high-tech shaping suit. Croft & Barrow maillot ($96; kohls.com)
Stacy's styling tip: "A day or two before you go swimsuit shopping, slather on some self-tanner. It will help counteract the green cast in the fluorescent lighting commonly used in fitting rooms and camouflage imperfections like cellulite. Can't bear the torture of baring all in a store? Order a selection of suits and try them on in the privacy of your bedroom. Just be sure to check your rear view in a mirror!"
The decorative corset visually whittles your middle while the compression fabric does the rest. Magicsuit maillot ($172; bloomingdales.com)
Real cup sizes and sturdy, adjustable straps hold everything in place. Freya Swim bikini top ($68; nordstrom.com) and bottoms ($46; nordstrom.com)
The retro cut of this one-piece provides a little extra coverage and a lot of style. Swim Solutions swimdress ($96; macys.com)
Seek out a halter style to lift and support bigger breasts. Milly bikini top ($105; everythingbutwater.com) and bottoms ($105; everythingbutwater.com)
Stacy's styling tip: "When it comes to swimwear, do accessorize to your advantage. Try a bold necklace to keep the focus on your top half or an armful of bangles to draw the eye lower. To add curves to a straighter frame, consider donning a body chain."
Graphic-print bottoms with high-cut legs bring attention to a lean lower half. Mossimo bikini top ($18; target.com) and bottoms ($20; target.com)
Look pinup pretty while keeping the girls contained in a suit with an underwire top and ruched panels. J.Crew maillot ($88; jcrew.com)
Structured, bra-like cups (this brand comes in sizes up to HH!) help defy gravity. Cleo by Panache Swimwear bikini top ($59; herroom.com) and bottoms ($29; herroom.com)
Center detailing on this shaping suit creates a vertical line that elongates your torso. Spanx maillot ($198; spanx.com)
Dark-colored sides nip you in at the waist, while a dramatic crisscross design distracts from extra padding. Gottex maillot ($180; coldwatercreek.com)
Fake a flat belly with navel-grazing, ruched-front bottoms. Seafolly bikini top ($92; nordstrom.com) and bottoms ($68; amazon.com)
Downplay fuller hips with a striking asymmetrical top. Becca by Rebecca Virtue bikini top ($68; everythingbutwater.com) and bottoms ($58; everythingbutwater.com)
Stacy's styling tip: "Universally flattering cover-ups are knee-length and cinch just below the bust. They create shape but forgive almost all figure flaws."
Skirted styles hide trouble spots, while an intricate ikat print keeps the eyes moving. Converse One Star bikini top ($20; target.com) and bottoms ($25; target.com)
Strategic color blocking and a cleavage-enhancing shirred overlay take scrutiny off your lower body. Anne Cole Control maillot ($124; barenecessities.com)
A suit with a busy print, generous cutouts, and adjustable side ties creates the illusion of sexy curves. Lucky Brand monokini ($108; everythingbutwater.com)
Stripes and ties add inches; a pinched center gives a small bust more oomph. Splendid bikini top ($63; splendid.com) and bottoms ($49; splendid.com)
Flirty ruffles and a girly print instantly soften—and fill out—your frame. Victoria's Secret bikini top ($35) and bottoms ($21; victoriassecret.com)
From busty to boyish, we've found 20 stylish suits to flatter every figure