The Best Swimsuit for Your Body Type: 2013 Edition
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.
Full-Figured: Croft & Barrow Suit
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!"
Full-Figured: Magicsuit Maillot Suit
The decorative corset visually whittles your middle while the compression fabric does the rest. Magicsuit maillot ($172; bloomingdales.com)
Full-Figured: Freya Swim Bikini
Full-Figured: Swim Solutions Swimdress
The retro cut of this one-piece provides a little extra coverage and a lot of style. Swim Solutions swimdress ($96; macys.com)
Large-Chested: Milly Bikini
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."
Large-Chested: Mossimo Bikini
Large-Chested: J.Crew Maillot Suit
Look pinup pretty while keeping the girls contained in a suit with an underwire top and ruched panels. J.Crew maillot ($88; jcrew.com)
Large-Chested: Cleo by Panache Swimwear Bikini
Apple: Spanx Maillot Suit
Center detailing on this shaping suit creates a vertical line that elongates your torso. Spanx maillot ($198; spanx.com)
Apple: Eco Swim Tankini
Apple: Gottex Maillot Suit
Dark-colored sides nip you in at the waist, while a dramatic crisscross design distracts from extra padding. Gottex maillot ($180; coldwatercreek.com)
Apple: Seafolly Bikini
Pear: Becca by Rebecca Virtue Bikini
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."
Pear: Converse One Star Bikini
Pear: Anne Cole Control Maillot Suit
Strategic color blocking and a cleavage-enhancing shirred overlay take scrutiny off your lower body. Anne Cole Control maillot ($124; barenecessities.com)
Pear: Huit Swim Bikini
Athletic: Lucky Brand Monokini
A suit with a busy print, generous cutouts, and adjustable side ties creates the illusion of sexy curves. Lucky Brand monokini ($108; everythingbutwater.com)
Athletic: Splendid Bikini
Athletic: Victoria's Secret Bikini
Flirty ruffles and a girly print instantly soften—and fill out—your frame. Victoria's Secret bikini top ($35) and bottoms ($21; victoriassecret.com)