For many of us, shopping for swimwear can be an anxiety-inducing ordeal. From fit issues to deciding which one flatters your figure just the way you like, we know there's a lot to navigate. But we don’t want you to sweat it — we've got you covered with a guide to the most flattering swimsuits for every body type. Our rule of thumb is to choose styles that highlight your favorite assets but that also don't compromise on comfort.

A Note on Body Confidence 

Before we dive into the specifics, it's important to address the swimsuit state of mind. So much of feeling amazing in a swimsuit comes down to self-confidence and body positivity. If you're being bombarded with negative thoughts or criticisms about your figure, we at Gazette Gal implore you to take a pause. Remind yourself that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes — there is no singular "ideal" body type. Every body deserves to be celebrated in swimwear that makes you feel empowered and comfortable in your own skin. When you start redirecting your internal narrative to one of self-love, you'll carry yourself with a confidence that makes any swimsuit look incredible. Remember, as long as you have a body and are at a beach — you have a beach body!

Finding the Right Fit 

Along with choosing flattering styles for your shape, getting the proper fit is a must for swimsuit confidence. If your suit doesn’t fit right, it will most definitely dig, pinch, and emphasize all the wrong areas. When trying on swimsuits in the fitting room, make sure you move around, bend over, and sit down to check for any riding up, sagging, pinching, etc. The right suit and fit will stay comfortably in place and provide seamless coverage.

If you're in between sizes, size up! It's always better for a swimsuit to have a little extra wiggle room versus being too snug. Look for adjustable ties, drawstrings, and removable pads, which will also help you customize how it fits your shape. And don't get discouraged if the sizing varies between brands and styles — it has nothing to do with your own body. Ahead, the most flattering swimwear for your body shape.

Hourglass Shape 

Are your curves your favorite accessory? Show off that figure in swimwear that defines your waist and plays up your assets. Wrap-style tops and high-waisted bottoms are perfect for letting that hourglass silhouette shine.

Try: Aerie’s Shine Rib High Waisted Cheeky Bikini Bottom + Halter Top or Topshop’s Mix and Match Bikini Set from ASOS 

Apple Shape

If you have a rounder midsection, you’ll look stunning in swimsuits with strategic ruching and detailing to camouflage any insecurities (if you have any!). Look for pieces with molded cups and thicker, supportive straps. A high-neck or V-neckline will also elongate and flatter your shape.

Try: the Maldives Sport One Piece Swimsuit from Athleta or the Plunge Bikini Top and Ruched High-Rise Full-Coverage Bikini Bottom from J. Crew

Pear Shape 

If you have slender shoulders and a smaller bust that contrasts with wider hips and a rounder bottom, you’ll look amazing in swimsuits with eye-catching details up top. Bold prints, colors, and any little embellishments likes bows or ties on the top portion draw the eye upwards to balance out your shape.

Try: Leopard Print Swimsuit from Mango or the Vibrant Getaway Blue Multi Floral Knot Bandeau Bikini Top + Bottom from Lulus 

Athletic/Rectangular Frames

Some swimsuits are designed to add curves to straighter body types with subtle ruching, side panel accents, and even molded cups. If that’s your body type, also look for swimwear in bolder colors and busier prints to create the illusion of killer curves.

Try: Shape Black High Rise Ruched Side Swimsuit from PrettyLittleThing or the Moulded Push Up Triangle Bikini Set from Boohoo

Petite Frames 

Petite gals should try to avoid swimsuits that overpower their small stature. Look for moderate coverage, clean lines, and minimal fussy details. Removable straps and adjustable ties allow you to customize the fit as well.

Try: PacSun's Purple Bianca Scrunch Square Neck Cropped Bikini Top + Scoop High Cut Bikini Bottom or the Andie Mykonos Classic One Piece from Gap

Bodies With a Full Bust 

For those who want to support a fuller chest, an underwire bikini or one-piece with molded cups is a must. Swimsuit styles with thick straps, side paneling, and high necks will keep your chest lifted and secure all day in the pool.

Try: Dippin' Daisy's Bliss One-Piece Swimsuit from Anthropologie or the Curve Love Tie-Strap Underwire Bikini Top and Mid-Rise High-Leg Moderate Bottom from Abercrombie

Wearing Your Swimsuit With Confidence

Once you've got your dream suit, it’s time to complement your favorite features and body parts by adding accessories and coverups that make you feel like you’re about to set off for a five-star, all-inclusive resort.. A trendy sunhat, oversized shades, and a flowy kimono will do just that.

Another confidence booster? Friends who hype you up! Surround yourself with a positive group of gals to remind you just how amazing you look.

No matter your size or shape, make sure you’re choosing swimwear that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Buy pieces that flatter your favorite features and you'll have the best beach days all season long, guaranteed.

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