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As the days get longer and the weather gets gradually warmer, it’s obviously time to make some serious wardrobe shifts. Namely, you’ll be trading all of those booties, jackets, sweaters, and scarves for sundresses, tanks, sandals, and shorts.

A key component of your summer wardrobe, of course, is your swimsuits. Each year, you eagerly shop for some new swimwear to show off at the local pool, or at the beach on your next vacation. The only challenge? Finding bathing suits that are both curve-friendly and on-trend.

The good news is, there are so many swimsuit trends that are perfectly tailored to curvy gals. And that’s a wonderful thing because we’re all about playing up your curves, not hiding them.

Here are just a handful of our favorites to seek out this season:

Ruffled bikini tops

We can’t get enough of the retro trend, particularly when it comes to swimwear. Why? Because it’s an ideal look for curvy figures. Look for ruffled bikini tops — with wide straps, underwire, and bra sizing – to enhance and highlight your bustline.

Pair that top with a high-waisted brief bikini bottom, which hits at the smallest part of your waist and shows off those voluptuous hips. This look is a surefire stunner on an hourglass figure. Or, if you’re not into showing your midsection, try a retro-inspired one-piece with underwire cups, extra coverage on the bottom, and shirring around the hips to highlight your curvaceous silhouette.

ruffle top swimsuit

Farah Bikini Top | Farah Bikini Bottom in Black/Emerald

Bold belts

When you want to draw attention to your waist, you can’t go wrong with a belt. Luckily, one major swimwear trend that seems to be spreading are belted one-pieces and bottoms — and it’s no surprise, given that there’s been a recent resurgence of ‘70s-inspired looks.

A belted bottom of one-piece draws the eye to the smallest part of your silhouette, thus accentuating your hourglass figure. Plus, a belt creates some serious visual intrigue on a simple, sleek one-piece or two-piece in a solid color.

black ruffle swimsuit

Farah Bikini Top | Farah Bikini Bottom in Black/Emerald

Related: A Simple Guide To Finding A Swimsuit You’ll Love

Knotty but nice details

With equal parts nautical charm and flirty femininity, swimsuits with knot details are another trend to be aware of this season. And it’s not just the look that we love. Sure, a knot provides an unexpected twist on a basic swimsuit, but knots are and ties also super functional.

Shoulder straps that tie, or bikini bottoms that tie on the sides, are customizable — they can be adjusted to fit your figure flawlessly, as you can loosen or tighten them as needed.

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Oceane One Piece Swimsuit in Black

Coy cutouts

Who says a one-piece has to be boring? The one-piece swimsuits we’re eyeing this summer have artfully placed cutouts, which coyly show just a tiny bit of skin. For example, a one-piece with sassy keyholes at the top, or a monokini with triangle cut-outs at the upper waist.

For bonus points, seek out swimsuits that combine the cutouts with another trend, like a one-shoulder top, or a knot at the center of the top. Shirring around the hips is another ideal feature to flatter your curves.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel fabulous every time you slip on a bathing suit this summer, whether you’re sipping on a tiki drink with your gal pals by the ocean, or going for a dip with your significant other at the resort pool.

Fortunately, there are so many current swimwear trends that allow you to look chic while also celebrating your enviable curves!

cut out swimsuit

Keira Bikini Top | Keira Bikini Bottom in Peach

Related: Bra-Sized Swimwear: How To Get The Perfect Fit

underwire tankini swimsuits

Christy Tankini Top | Christy Bikini Bottom in Wild Leaves

We Highly Recommend

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!

Featured image swimwear:
Oceane Bikini Top | Oceane Bikini Bottom in Splash Print
Farah One Piece Swimsuit in Black/Emerald
Christy Tankini Top | Christy Bikini Bottom in Wild Leaves
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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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