No hips? Flat chest? Sticks for legs? No worries — when it’s time to put on your swimsuit and you weren’t born with a Sports Illustrated-style swimsuit body, the results can be devastating. So what if you don’t have a curvy silhouette — with a little bit of strategic planning, you can choose a swimsuit styles that will add curves in just the right places. A flounce here, a little rouche there can make all the difference between a fashion disaster and fashion success. Here are some swimsuit styles that will make you look curvier (and sexier):
- Wear bright colors and prints to accentuate what you’ve got on top.
- Wear a string bikini top instead of a more restrictive style such as a bandeau top.
- Wear a swimsuit top with a flounce like this Kenneth Cole Reaction Island Fever Crochet Flounce Swim Top that will support and accentuate your bust.
- Note the armhole sections and the cut-off line at the bikini top’s base and ensure that they help push breasts up and outward.
- Choose a bikini top that matches your breasts’ shape to highlight it rather than fight it.
- A Victorian bustier-style top that allows your breasts to rest on a shelf will make them appear fuller.
- Buy a bikini top that has pushup pads. Women’s Bella Flora Floral Pleated Balconette Bikini Top has a vibrant floral print and the underwire bra has removable push-up pads. The bikini top is available in two colors — sea glass and grapefruit — and it retails for $54.
- Highlight your bust by wearing a swimsuit that has a fringe on top like this new fringe one-piece that has removable padding and straps. The swimsuit is available in two colors — aqua reef and black — and retails for $50.50.
Choose a swimsuit that has a belt to accentuate your hip area. This Bleu Rod Beattie On The Ropes Shirred One-Piece suit in cerulean blue has a white rope belt that adds some bright trim to highlight the hip area.
Wear a bikini bottom in a bright color or one that has bold print pattern like this Coco Rave Pretty Little Dot Skirt in Peek-a-Blue with white polka dots and a ruffle hem, which retails for $62.
Choose a swimsuit style that will add some dash to your pins like this tie-accent one-piece in Pop-Art pink and black with ruffle edge detail.
A swim skirt like this Women’s Beach Club Flounce Mini SwimMini Swim Skirt will add a touch of feminine flair to your legs and the wide band of shirring will draw attention away from your legs by accentuating your hips. This swim skirt is available in deep wine, black, light slate brown and beach red and it retails for $55.