The Best Bikini Bottoms for Your Body Type
Hello, Sexy Beach Bum!
The best waterside accessory—other than a daiquiri and your favorite sunscreen—is confidence, so show off your assets in a suit that flatters your hard-earned shape. From high-waisted bottoms that create definition to thick waistbands that keep your tummy tucked, these trendy styles will guarantee you have a cute bikini butt, whatever your body type. [Tweet this slideshow!]
Between kettlebell sessions and training for that 10K, you've worked hard at the gym. And now's the time to show off the results. "To highlight an athletic and toned rear, try a cheeky or Brazilian bottom," says Audrey Jimenez, swim style and fit expert for Everything But Water. If you're not ready to lose the coverage, a suit that sits low on your hips will elongate your torso, says swimsuit designer Lila Nikole. We like the straightforward fit of this Faherty Japanese Floral Bikini Brief ($85 for bottoms; nordstrom.com) and this bold Luli Fama Brazilian Bottom ($80; everythingbutwater.com).
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If your shape is more up-and-down with no real difference between your shoulders, waist, and hips, choose a suit that will playfully create the illusion of curves. "Try tie-side bottoms or bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments," Jimenez suggests, like Smoothies by Gossip Summer Crochet Low Rise String Bikini Bottoms ($22.50 for bottoms; nordstrom.com). The goal is to define your waist, and hipsters or high-waisted bottoms also do the trick, Nikole adds. O'Neill Seaside High Waist Bottom ($50 for bottoms; oneillclothing.com) feature a universally flattering fit and fun print.
To get an idea of this body type, think Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, and Sophia Vergara. "Almost all styles work well," Nikole says. "Bikinis are your best friend!" Highlight your figure with attention-grabbing colors or prints. As for the style, choose tie-side bottoms that play up your curves while giving you the option to adjust the fit over a curvy backside, Jimenez says. Find both in Trina Turk Plumas Tri Slider and Tie Side Hipster ($156; trinaturk.com) and this lacey Kenneth Cole Reaction Island Fever Classic Bra Top and Loop Tie Side Hipster Bottom ($52 for bottoms, $106 for set; everythingbutwater.com).
Pear shapes look best in solid bottoms, ideally sold as suit separates so you can choose the right fit. "To balance proportions, look to minimize larger areas with dark colors and understated details," Jimenez says, like Superdry Racer Mesh Bikini Bottoms ($40 for bottoms; superdry.com). "Then play up smaller areas with prints, bright colors, and embellishments like ruffles up top," she adds. A suit like the Zimmermann Filigree Frill Bikini ($230; zimmermannwear.com) will draw the attention to your upper half rather than your lower.
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Apple shapes will want to create a waistline with swimsuit details such as ruching in small amounts around the stomach. "Banded hipster bottoms eliminate muffin tops with their thick waistbands that sit softly on the tummy," Jimenez explains. Extra coverage around your midsection ensures a confident fit. Try the Profile Blush by Gottex Night Sky Banded Hipster Bottom ($40 for bottoms; everythingbutwater.com) or Zimmerman Sundown Underwire Zig Zag Bikini ($250; zimmermannwear.com).