The Right Bathing Suit for Your Body

This year, we promise you a swimsuit that fits your figure and your personality

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The Right Bathing Suit for Your Body

This year, we promise you a swimsuit that fits your figure and your personality

-Lois Joy Johnson

Victoria's SecretThe love-hate thing with our bodies always bubbles up when we’re buying a bathing suit, as we attempt to both camouflage and expose. But really, you have basically two choices: Either you let go, don a string bikini as the French do, and let it all hang out, or you let the swimsuit do a little work for you.

Overall as a nation we’ve gotten bigger and more bosomy (the average bra size is now 36 D according to Wacoal), so I am thrilled to tell you that swimwear designers are compensating with some amazing designs, more structure that doesn’t give itself away and fool-the-eye details like shirring and ruffles and miniskirts.

I’ve done the pre-shop for you. Find yourself in the 7 profiles below and pick up a new suit online today.


GLAM: you bring attitude and jewelry to the beach, love a suit with a little bling (even if it costs more!) or sizzling color and always add big golden hoops, a stack of skinny bangles that glint in the sun, a sarong and metallic sandals.

Jantzen’s turquoise necklace dip-dye one-piece ($168,

Carmen Marc Valvo black embellished halter maillot with ruched cups, gold beaded neckline ($198,

Miraclesuit red ” Camilla” bandeau one-piece with center shirring, cascade ruffle and built-in bodyshaper ($140, saksfifthavenue)

LLBean swimsuitSPORTY: The beach is your gym so swimsuits need to be functional enough for volleyball, a morning run at the shore, or swimming serious laps. You don’t want a wardrobe malfunction so an activity proof bra, full coverage front and rear, quick dry fabrics matter. You coverup in sneakers, shorts and a tee.

Nike Fast Back Women’s Tank Swimsuit in dip dye green with “tattoo” graphic ($74, )

LLBean Shape Solver Wrap Tank ($104.95,


CLASSIC: Your seasonal signatures are ruffles, pretty garden colors and pastels, a floppy straw, floral shift sundresses and ballet flats.

Miraclesuit “Sonatina” cherry pink one-piece with wide V neck and shirring ($128, DD cup; $132,

Kenneth Cole Reaction ruched halter and ruffled miniskirt swimkini ($50 top, $62 bottom,

MINIMALIST: You’d go nude if you could since you can’t stand suits that chafe, scratch or bind but you’ll spring for soft matte fabrics and adjustable ties.

J.Crew solid keyhole tank ($74,

Robin Piccone Classic Adjustable Tie Front Halter Bikini ($78 top, $58 bottom,

BEACH BABE: You’ll always wear bikinis but love the new cutouts that play hide and seek with your curves too. You wear wedge platform beach sandals for legginess and make mani-pedis a priority.

Jantzen Vamp Bandeau Bra and shirred mini bottom ($56 top, $60 bottom, get it in red currant or boysenberry!

Charlotte Russe ring strap one-shoulder black monokini with cutout ($26.99,

Trina Turk “Vivacious” bandeau bikini in swirly 60s print
($93 top, $85 bottom, both X-small to large )

FASHIONISTA: You look for the trendiest suits that scream style – this summer it’s cascade ruffles, one shoulder suits you’ll wear with your oversize sunglasses and an embellished tunic.

Kenneth Cole Ruffled Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit ($94, comes in black and red

Anika Brazil one-shoulder swimsuit with colorful scarf tie and black body ($180,

Marc by Marc Jacobs kissing fish one-shoulder maillot ($142,

BOHEMIAN: You wear beads and lucky charm amulets, and maybe an ankle bracelet. You like long tie-dye or batik print sarongs and wear a scarf instead of a beach hat.

Tommy Bahama ” Stem” Bikini with underwire halter top and skirted hipster bottom ($96, 32 C to 38 D, $85 XS – L)

Juicy Couture Strapless Tie Dye Bandeau and Skirt Bikini ($85 top, $94 bottom, each petite to X-large)

Ella Moss brown crochet cutout suit with keyhole, beading, side cutouts ($131,

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  1. I think I am between a Classic profile and a Fashionista profile. I love the new ruffled bathing suits, and to finish the look by pairing it with a big floppy straw hat (like J.Lo) and a big pair of sunglasses (a la Mary Kate Olsen).

  2. Thanks for the suggestions; however, aren’t the prices for these suits a little high? There was the cheaper Charlotte Russe, but most of them were more than what I’d care to pay for a swimsuit. If I could afford the high priced suits I could afford the personal trainer to look great in the bikini. ha ha

  3. Where are the suits for the older and rounder gals? Hello! We like to and need to swim too! And yes these prices are way out of the ball park for me! I’d sooner make my own suit! (and I have in the past.)

  4. Okay, again here you are telling us you’ve got the right suit for our bodies, even mentioning the average bra size is 36D (which is a little small, look around you!)yet showing us a size zero model wearing the suit. The girls pictured could use a D cup as a pup tent! Then your article goes on to match swimsuits up with personality traits. I am beginning to think you have no idea what real women look like or what will look good on anyone older than 22!

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