Swimwear Tips and Tricks to Flatter Your Figure

Let’s be honest–the vast majority of us are not shaped like models… and that’s a good thing!  Real women have curves, and no matter what shape we are, swimwear season always has a tendency to make our anxiety levels rise.  The key to feeling sexy and confident at the beach or pool is to choose swimwear styles that flatter your figure.  Although no two women are shaped exactly alike, there are some swimwear styles that are universally figure-flattering for all.


Merona Women’s 1-piece swimsuit by Target $39.99

Ruching & Tummy Control

Regardless of your shape, swimwear styles with ruched fabric detail and/or built-in tummy control are ultra-slimming for your torso area.  Just like in clothing, ruched fabric helps create texture and helps make a not-so-toned torso look flatter and smoother.  Similarly, swimsuits with built-in body control help suck you in and flatten your stomach.


J.Crew Jersey Lomellina® asymmetrical blouson tank $115

Blouson & Trapeze Tops

But if anything too tight makes you wary, look for swimwear styles that don’t closely hug your body.  For example, blouson-style one-pieces are fitted up top and on the bottom, but have a flouncy flattering fit around your torso.  Similarly, trapeze style tops have a flattering a-line shape and flare out at the right places.


Maidenform Floral Underwire Push-Up Halter Bikini Top at Kohls $25


Maidenform high-waist bikini bottom at Kohls $25

Support is Key

There’s nothing more unflattering than a droopy bustline.  If you’re fuller up top, stay away from skimpy string triangle tops, as they offer little bust support and coverage.  Instead, go for swimwear styles with thicker halter straps or any top with underwire support.  Underwire bra tops are a huge trend this season, and look great with matching high-waist bottoms.


John Lewis Skirted Floral Control Swimsuit, Pink/Navy $77

Skirted Swimwear

Finally, swimsuits with skirted bottoms are universally flattering, regardless of your body type, plus they help hide that upper inner thigh area.  If you’re into one-piece swimsuits, try a swimdress (one-piece with a skirted bottom).  But if you’re into two-pieces, try a bikini or tankini top paired with a ruched skirted bottom.  And if you’re a fan of classic one and two-piece swimwear styles, just add a sarong!  You get that same figure-flattering effect and you’ll look instantly island-chic!

This season, choose figure-flattering swimwear styles and walk the beach like your own personal runway.

Susan Bodack is the Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com–your one-stop shop for fashion-forward designer swimwear, beachwear and accessories.  For additional swim tips and tricks, tweet them @InStyleSwimwear.

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4 thoughts on “Swimwear Tips and Tricks to Flatter Your Figure

  1. Ever wonder how to keep your favorite bikini intact? Seems like after every summer your swimsuit looks like it went through one too many surf trips.

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  2. Abigail Mae Prescott says:

    Thanks for this. Not all woman have the courage and guts to wear daring swimsuits. But thanks for this one, i think they do know what to do now.
    But is it just me or swimwear pieces with sun protective properties like those in https://www.platypusaustralia.com are far better?

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