The time has come to utter that word so many women fear every year — swimwear! Ready or not, summer is on its way, and if you’re finally ready to get rid of that stretched-out one-piece you got five years ago, we have you covered.
Thanks to the body positive movement, this is the time to flaunt what you’ve got! To take out the anxiety and guesswork, we’ve rounded up the best swimwear to flatter your body shape — whether you’re hourglass, apple (fuller in the middle), triangle (fuller on the bottom), busty, or athletic.
We enlisted the help of three experts who shop and design swimwear for a living and know what works best for each body type. Natalie Kingham, buying director at MatchesFashion, tells Yahoo Style, “It is important when buying swimwear that you feel comfortable and confident. I always buy something that I know works well with my body shape, and it isn’t always a bikini. One-pieces are becoming more popular, as they offer a sleek, sexy look to suit all body shapes and can give structure and confidence to women who are self-conscious of their stomachs or rears.”
No doubt the swim brand du jour this summer is Solid and Striped — just check out what every supermodel was posting on their Instagram recently and you will understand the impact it had on our feeds. Solid and Striped’s design director, Michelle Copelman, reminds us “dressing for your body type is key, especially when swimsuit shopping. When buying swimwear it comes down to what you feel comfortable in, and of course knowing your body. If you’re comfortable in something, it will translate to confidence, and you will look great lounging at the pool or beach all summer.”
Along with trying to find the right suit that fits our shape, the cost factor also seems to get in the way. But fear not, we have you covered on that front, too. Linda Chang, vice president of merchandising at Forever 21, advises: “Shopping for a swimsuit can be both an exciting and a daunting task. Look for something that enhances your figure. It is also important to pick a store or online retailer where you will have access to a wide variety of styles and find a number of suits you love and work well for you. At Forever 21, whether you’re athletic, have an hourglass figure, or are curvy and full-figured, we have swimsuits to help you accentuate your best assets and feel confident in.”
Between the high-end swimwear carried at MatchesFashion and the more budget-conscious ones from Forever 21, we’re positive you’ll find a swimsuit that suits your body!
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