How To Pick The Right Swimsuit for Your Curves

The key to wearing the right swimwear is choosing pieces that will enhance your best features. I’ve learned how important it is to feel comfortable and secure in what you are wearing to the beach. What you wear can either make you want to join the other beachgoers or lay up under an umbrella. I don’t want you under an umbrella! Today, I am sharing some tips on how to find the right swimsuit for your curvy shape.


Busty women have a defined waist and bust that is larger than the hips.

The goal: Balance the bust and hips.

Look for these types of pieces to balance shape:

  • Patterned or light-colored bottoms paired with solid tops
  • Underwire Support
  • Bottoms that cut straight across your hips
  • Retro style one-piece suits
  1. Flirty Retro Swimdress
  2. Ralph Lauren Plus Size Halter Swimdress
  3. Monif C. St. Tropez Fringe Plus Size Swimsuit 


Pear-shaped women tend to have hips that are larger than the bust.

The goal: To balance a heavier bottom by adding volume to the bust.

Look for these swimsuits to add volume to the bust:

  • Ruffled, embellished, patterned or padded tops
  • Scoop or high-cut legs
  • Wide-set straps
  1. Forever 21 Plus Size Cutout Mesh Swimsuit
  2. Torrid Mesh Inset Strappy Bikini Top
  3. Gabi Fresh x Swimsuits Hera Bikini

Inverted Triangle/Apple

The inverted triangle shape has shoulders that are broad and the upper torso tapers in toward the hips, making the upper half of the body appear fuller than the lower half.

The goal: Move attention away from the upper half and create balance.

Look for swimsuits that will balance an athletic upper body:

  • Patterned or light-colored bottoms paired with solid tops
  • Bottoms with ruffles, side ties or embellishment
  • One-piece suits with side cut-outs
  1. Torrid’s Peplum Midkini Top
  2. Jessica Simpson Plus Size Printed Ruffled Skirted Bikini Bottoms
  3. Miraclesuit Plus Size Solids Palma One-Piece Swimsuit


The rectangle shape has balanced bust and hips (same inches) with no defined waist.

The goal:  Appropriately dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist.

Look for swimsuits that will create curves:

  • Ruffled, embellished, patterned or padded tops
  • Light colored bottoms or waistbands with ruffles or embellishments
  • Waistbands that cut straight across from hip to hip
  1. Eyelet Stripe Off-the-Shoulder Bikini Top With Built-In Bandeau Bra
  2. Crochet Flounce Bikini Top with Built-In Bandeau Bra
  3. Unique Vintage Plus Size White Ruffled Cap Sleeve Frida Swim Top

A few tips to remember when shopping:
1. Try on the swimsuits instead of buying them online.
2. Go a size up.
3. Bring someone you trust. Unbiased eyes are the best way to go!

Tip: Try a cover-up, if you’d like to show less skin.

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