The Most Flattering Bikini Bottom for Your Butt
Big Butt: Side Tie
Small Butt: Brazilian
While their itsy cut may be intimidating, Brazilian cuts (Luli Fama Sol Brillante, $82; lulifama.com) are great for adding shape to bottoms of all sizes. "It makes a smaller butt look fuller and gives a larger butt great shape," says Hanimian. Confidence, of course, is key.
Wide Butt: Hipster
Curvy Butt: High Waisted
Those with shapely hourglass curves can rock this retro high waisted style (River Island Latoya High Waisted Bikini Bottom, $25; asos.com) with confidence.
Boyish Butt: Boy Short
Boy short bathing suits (Robin Piccone Mia Boyshort Bottom, $94; everythingbutwater.com) are called that for a reason. "True to their name, boy shorts look best on boyish body types, offering full coverage while complimenting a smaller frame," says Sabra Krock, creative director at Everything But Water.
Flat Butt: Side Tie
A flat butt also benefits from side tie styles (Basta Surf Raglan Bikini Bottom, $96, bastasurf.com). "The adjustability gives you control and a needed lift!" says Emily Ford, creative director and co-founder, Basta Surf. "It will also take attention off the rear and more to the side ties."
Round Butt: Brazilian
For full, round, or wide butts, less is actually more when it comes to your bathing suit (Mara Hoffman Rising Palm Bikini Bottoms, $106; shopbop.com). "More fabric will actually make the your butt look bigger," says Ford.
Rectangular Butt: Hipster
If you're looking for something to add curvy shape to an athletic or "boxy butt," a classic hipster (Noontide Black and Aqua Blue Bikini, $44, lulus.com) works for you, says Ford. Hipster is also your go-to pick if you're looking for extra coverage.
Droopy Butt: High Waisted
Pick a high waisted style (Shikoku Bottom, $104; mikoh.com) to lift a small tush. "This flatters a smaller bum since the high waist fit and elongation of fabric gives the illusion of a perkier bum," says Miller.
Narrow Butt: Boy Short
When you have narrow hips, your rear can appear boxy: A boy short bathing suit (Roxy Tropical Getaway Boy Short, $38; nordstrom.com) is the solution. "The wider cut sides add curves and shape," says Miller.
Bottom Heavy Butt: Side Tie
When you carry most of your butt in your cheeks, add ties to a one piece bathing suit (Wildfox Peach Leopard Cut-Out, $172; wildfox.com). "If you like the fit to be a little more cheeky, you can tie it tighter or, for a bit more coverage, you can loosen up the tie," says Miller.
No Butt: Brazilian
A tiny hiney gets a boost from the curvy cut. "The cheeky, minimal fabric enhances the much desired heart shape," says Oleema Miller, co-founder and designer of Mikoh. And if you're feeling overexposed with a lot of cheek on displace, a one piece can help you cover up elsewhere (Vix Solid Red Ana One Piece, $188; vixpaulahermanny.com).
Top Heavy Butt: Hipster
If you carry most of your butt in your love handles, eliminate the pinch with a hipster style (Trina Turk Nuevo Sol Tab Side Hipster Bottom, $72; everythingbutwater.com). "The thick waistband sits softly on the tummy and eliminates the dreaded 'muffin top'," says Krock.
Petite Butt: Boy Short
Pinched detail is necessary for the perfect fit. "The boy short (Shirred Dolphin Short, $44; athleta.gap.com) is great for petites as long as there isn't too much fabric that would overwhelm one's frame," says Ford.
Heart Shaped Butt: High Waisted
Embrace those hourglass curves and accentuate a tiny waist in a retro bathing suit (Kate Spade New York Playa Flamingos High Waist Bottom, $85; everythingbutwater.com). "If you have plenty of curves, this is the suit that will show them off without feeling like you're falling out," says Krock.