Let’s face it—shopping for bathing suits is one of the most daunting tasks a girl has to experience. With Memorial Day Weekend fast approaching (mark your calendars for the most LIT weekend of the year, May 26-28), knowing which bathing suit flatters your body type is key to breaking necks all summer long.

For the pear-shape pretties: You’re curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top, like Beyonce (always a Beyonce reference).

(L-R) Victoria’s Secret Pink Keyhole Front-Tie One-Piece, $32.97, victoriassecret.com; Mara Hoffman, Kia cutout printed swimsuit, $275, net-a-porter.com; TOPSHOP, Stripe Wrap Swimsuit, $52, nordstrom.com

What to look for: The key to your perfect swimsuit is balancing out your proportions and getting the coverage you need for your bottom half.

For the itty bitty titty committee: You’re smaller on top with an A or B cup.

(L-R) Ripple bikini top, $25, and bottoms, $25, cosstores.com; Venice Maillot in Terracotta, $343, Marysia.com; CHELSEA28, Scallop Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit, $89, nordstrom.com

What to look for: A smaller chest requires less support, so you can look for styles with more minimal coverage or embellished detailing, bows, and patterns to create the illusion of a larger chest.


For the heavy-chested girls: Cleavage is key; you’re chesty and require more support up top, but that doesn’t mean you can’t flaunt what you got.

(L-R) Tommy Bahama, Sand Bar Underwire Bikini Top, $98, and High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $78, nordstrom.com; Rhea Maillot in White, $54.60 (ON SALE), korewear.com; Solid & Striped, ASOS FULLER BUST Elastic Trim Dot Mesh Tulle Swimsuit, $56, us.asos.com

What to look for: If you’re more well-endowed on top, then support is key. Opt for suits with underwire or molded cups to give the girls the support they need. Avoid ruffles or embellishments for your bathing suit top, if you’re hoping to minimize the focus on your chest.


For the sporty sistas: You’re more straight up and down and have little to no curves.

(L-R) Solid and Striped the Morgan triangle bikini, $160, net-a-porter.com; Solid & Striped, The Amelia Off-the-Shoulder swimsuit, $168, neimanmarcus.com; Boohoo, Mallorca Extreme Cut Out Swimsuit, $15 (ON SALE), us.boohoo.com

What to look for: The name of the game is illusion; create curves with styles that flaunt your frame. Less coverage helps to create the illusion of a shapelier figure.


For the curvy cuties: You’re curvy throughout with a full bust, hips, thighs, and butt.

(L-R) RED CARTER, Smocked Off the Shoulder Swimsuit, $160, nordstrom.com; Solid & Striped, one-piece swimsuit, $200, yoox.com; Montce, Cynthia One-Piece Swimsuit, $178, nordstrom.com

What to look for: For curvy frames, the key is to highlight your curves while providing full support and coverage. If you’re not keen on exaggerating your curves, then steer clear of monokinis or string bikinis with thicker ties, which can accentuate your widest areas.


For the girls who want to hide that not-quite-ready for summer tummy: You’re built a little more like an apple shape and carry your weight mostly in your tummy area.

(L-R) Eberjey, Polka Lulu One-Piece, $169, eberjey.com; The Ones Who, Luna One-Piece, $124, theoneswho.com; Boohoo, Daisy Contrast Binding High-Waist Bikini, $23, us.boohoo.com

What to look for: Whether you prefer to be covered up or you’d like to slim your middle, there are a number of one-piece and two-piece suits, like high-waisted or tankini styles, that help to smooth out your middle.

Which suit do you think is best for you? Let us know!

Written By: Brianna Gillard
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