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Like finding the right bra, finding the right swimsuit can be an effort in frustration. A top that fits may be paired with bottoms that don’t, and vice versa. Here are a few tips to help you find the right swimsuit for you this summer.


For pear shapes, keep the attention up top. Curvy hips are beautiful, and the right suit will help you embrace that curve! Choose a top that bares your shoulders, as a lot of strap-detail, or accentuates the bust. This will draw eyes to your shoulders – and we all have great shoulders! Don’t try to hide curvy hips in boy-shorts or bottoms with a thick band, this will only accentuate the hips, and could make you self-conscious.


For apple shapes, remember to support the girls! Halter suits may look beautiful in the store, but after a few minutes in the water, the material can begin to sag. Then, you’ll spend your beach day tugging at the straps trying to tighten them up. Look for suits that include underwire or that have extra support in the bra area; try looking for suits that include a cup size – just like your bra! – for the best fit and support. Hint: the wider the band, the more support you’ll get.

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Small Bust

For those with a smaller bust, triangle or bandeau tops, ruffles or even padded/push-up tops were practically made for you!


If you’re concerned about showing off your tummy – try a one-piece or a two-piece with high waist bottoms. A fitted seam at the waist naturally slims the tummy and waist, so look into suits that include this. You could also opt for a tankini-style top, with a bit of fabric over your torso, rather than a traditional bikini top, and pair with your favorite swimsuit bottoms.


Last minute reminders

Remember that water makes suits stretch so if the suit feels loose in the store, try sizing down. If the choice is trendy-but-uncomfortable or classic-but-fitted, go classic-and-fitted all the way because that will make you more comfortable. Comfort is key in every swimsuit decision – because when we’re comfortable we feel more capable, more beautiful, and more at ease with our surroundings.

Whatever your body type, go into swimsuit shopping prepared to try on plenty of different suits because you never know what suit will make you feel like a million bucks!

Related: Worth The Investment: Bra Sized Swimwear

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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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