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Tuesday, February 11th 2014

How to Shop For Swimsuits by Body Type

In terms of enjoyment, trying on swimsuits ranks right up there with going to the dentist and doing your taxes. Even in the comfort of your own home, no one wants to look bad (and then, in turn, feel bad). The key is to set yourself up for success. Certain styles and cuts work best on specific body types, and once you know the tricks, you can shop with confidence.

Illustrations by Shopbop product stylist Kate.

The retro styles that are so big this season are perfect for curvy shapes. A bombshell one-piece shows off a sexy hourglass figure—bonus points for extra-flattering ruching—while high-waisted bottoms provide coverage and Old Hollywood glam.

It’s all about the cutout suit! Flashes of skin help to elongate and flatter, without overwhelming a small frame. Details like ruffle trim on bottoms also add volume to a petite silhouette.

Again, it’s ruffles to the rescue. Just like they beef up a slim bottom, a few frills on top add inches to a less-than-ample bust line. Other girly details, like scalloped trim and lace, also fill out a feminine figure.

Timeless and tiny, the string bikini is an athletic girl’s best friend. The easily adjustable style works on both straight and shapely hips and shows off all that hard-earned muscle definition.

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