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You don't have to have the perfect body to look amazing; just find the clothing styles that work best with your body type, with the help of these videos.
You Will Need
- Time to shop
- And an eye for your own beauty
Set aside time
Set aside at least an hour to try on a variety of suits. You might be surprised by what works best, so don't reject any style outright.
If you're pear-shaped—your bottom is bigger than your top—separates are a good choice. Strapless or halter tops in fun prints can be paired with a solid bottom. This draws attention to shoulders and away from hips and thighs.
Apple-shaped gals—those with thicker waists and some tummy—can give the illusion of a slimmer midsection in a control one-piece with shirring around the waist. If you prefer a two-piece, try retro high-waisted bikini bottoms.
If top heavy
If you have a full bust, make sure you're properly supported—you might need underwire, fuller straps, and extra claps. A suit or bikini bottoms with a decorative element—like bows or ties—on the hips will create the impression of an hour-glass figure.
If long torso
Break up a long torso with a patterned bikini. Skip the solid-color one-pieces, which will make short legs look even shorter.
Height-challenged? A one-piece in a solid color with a plunging neckline will lengthen the body. A high-cut leg is also a flattering option.
Athletic and boyish bodies can benefit from a push-up bikini top, which helps create curves. Ruffles and frills around the bust and hips also will add fullness, and boy shorts will make hips look curvier.
Admire your new suit, and give yourself a pat on the back for your perseverance. Now go out there and celebrate the sun, the surf, and your own beautiful body!