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Wednesday, January 26th 2011

Find the Best Bikini: A Fit Guide

Though it’s hard to believe given the current state of the weather, bikini season is just around the corner, and finding the perfect fit for your body can be as difficult as finding the best jeans for your butt. With that in mind, I turned to Shopbop stylist Bobbie and model Iskra for a little insight into how some of our favorite designer swimwear brands fit. (All sizing notes based on US sizes.)

Brette Sandler Swimwear
Top Fit: Average to small. If you’re a little busty, size up.
Bottom Fit: Average to small. If you’re between sizes, size up.
Best match body type: Brette Sandler has a great fit and works for any body type. It’s especially good for girls with a smallish cup size.

Diane von Furstenberg Swimwear
Top Fit: Very true to size.
Bottom Fit: Very true to size.
Best match body type: The perfect brand for ALL body types. DVF knows the female form.

L*Space Swimwear
Top Fit: A little generous. If you aren’t busty, size down.
Bottom Fit: True to size.
Best match body type: These suits will work for most body types, but they are especially loved by the surfing crowd. The tops run big, so they’re great for busty, athletic girls.

Shoshanna Swimwear
Top Fit: True to size, erring on the generous side.
Bottom Fit: True to size.
Best match body type: Shoshanna bikinis are designed for the curvy gal, but since the pieces are sold separately, they can work for almost any body type.

Tori Praver Swimwear
Top Fit: Small.
Bottom Fit: Small.
Best match body type: Tori Praver suits are for the girl who wants to show some skin on the beach.

Vix Swimwear
Top Fit: Average to big. If you’re not busty, size down.
Bottom Fit: Average to big. If you’re between sizes, size down.
Best match body type: Like Shoshanna, Vix bikinis are designed for curvy, sexy girls.

Zimmermann Swimwear
Top Fit: True to size.
Bottom Fit: True to size.
Best match body type: A match for any body type, Zimmermann boasts incredible fit and great fabrics.

--Amie

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