Sadly, summer is almost over…so some of you might think that this post is a little late…but I figured I would get it in time for Labor Day and in time for you to all buy some great swimsuits while they are on sale for next year! I love to do that because swimsuits can get pretty expensive. I like to buy a few cheap fun suits I can ruin or use if I know I’m going to throw it away at the end of the year or use it to get messy, etc. But I definitely think it is worth it to spend the money on a couple good suits each year as well. I hate when you buy a cheap suit and it gets all balled up and fades, or when you buy an expensive one and it does that! So I’m going to show you some brands that I love and then talk about what is best for your body, because I know it took me a while to figure that out! I also have been obsessing over one piece suits this year too, so I will show you lots of options for that as well!
Some of my favorite swim sites/stores: shopbop.com, vixswimwear.com, victoriasecret.com, asos.com, jcrew.com. These are my go-tos when I first start looking for swimsuits. I find greats suits elsewhere as you can tell by some of the ones I will post on here, but I always check out these places first for good quality suits, my staples, and unique finds! You can also look through some of my old posts at my favorite suits of the years and see where some of my other favorites stores are on those posts. Just use the tag “swim” to find those old posts.
This year I also found the site: everythingbutwater.com. I had shopped at the store in Vegas, but when I was down there with some friends in April we discovered that they have a website too! Woo hoo! It has great suits, especially for mixing and matching!
Here are some of the suits that I currently have my eye on:
MINKPINK ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes’ One Piece – revolveclothing.com
Marysia Swim ‘Antibes Scallop’ Bikini – shopbop.com
ASOS ‘Global Stripe Tie Waist Swimsuit’ – asos.com
Norma Kamali ‘Retro Polka Dot’ Bikini – neimanmarcus.com
Mini Delicious Apple Underwire Tank – jcrew.com
Huit ‘Miami Baby Strapless’ Bikini – asos.com
Chloe ‘Scalloped Edge’ One Piece – saksfifthavenue.com
Zimmermann ‘Bohemia Frill’ Bikini – us.zimmermanwear.com
Now let’s talk about body shapes!
If you have a Small Chest: (this would be me! or…Kate Bosworth) To enhance your chest, wear suits with embellishment or details on top: ruffles, ruching, flowing fabric, an all over print, beading…Padding or underwire can also help out! Also sometimes too much coverage makes you look even smaller.
Kate is wearing an allover print, with is ruched in the center which creates the illusion that something is there on her tiny frame!
Victoria Secret ‘The Madi’ Ruffle Stripe Push Up’ Bandeau Top – victoriasecret.com (top 25.50 bottom 16.50)
Saha ‘Pure Romance’ One Piece – swimwearboutique.com (99.00)
Curvy or Busty: (like Kim K) Support and coverage are your favorite words! Halter styles with medium to thick straps and suits with underwires work well for you because they provide this. Sturdy fabrics, ruching, and vertical ruffles on one pieces will help make your body look longer. Solid colors or prints with a dark background also help to minimize your bust! You can also go with bottoms with a print or embellishment to draw attention away from your top half.
Kim is wearing the thicker strapped VIX Bia Swimsuit, which provides great coverage…I think she probably has been since wearing this in almost every color. It’s a great suit for her shape.
Vix ‘Cherry Logo Bia’ Top and Bottom – vixswimwear.com (119.00)
Miraclesuit ‘Camila’ One Piece – nordstrom.com (has a hidden underwire!) (103.90)
If you have Hips: (like Maria Menounos) Go for a top that widens your body, or the has details that bring focus to your top half. Pick a simple bottom. High cut bottoms with ties narrow your hips. Avoid light bottoms, and full coverage bottoms like boy shorts – it just brings more attention to the area.
Maria’s wide set straps on top and lacey ruffle brings attention to her top half, while the small tie bottoms slim her hips.
Mara Hoffman ‘Half Top Bikini’ – marahoffman.com
L*Space ‘Audrey’ Halter Top – shopbop.com
Miraclesuit ‘Sonatina’ – 6pm.com (56.80)
Apple-Shaped: (like Jessica Simpson – post pregnancy – sorry I couldn’t find a good picture in a swimsuit…or Snooki, but she doesn’t really follow the rules so I couldn’t find a good picture either.) The best thing to slim your tummy is ruching down the middle or sides. Also, anything that has side sliming details, like colorblocking or piping. Support and coverage is also important here as well.
J.Crew ‘Polka-dot Ruched Underwire Tank’ – jcrew.com (side-ruching)
J.Crew ‘Golden Paisley Ruched Femme Tank’ – jcrew.com (dark print and tummy ruching helps hide anything you want to hide)
Spanx ‘Golden Touch’ One Piece – spanx.com (the angled piping whittles your waist)
Slim/Slender and Tall: (like Gisele) Bandeaus! Take advantage of your long lines and streamlined silhouette with a bandeau. It’s simple and no fuss. You can get away with a lot because a simple bikini looks great on you, too. For one pieces open sides and backs are fun – it creates shape and makes your bum look amazing!
Gisele wears the simplest of bikinis and it looks amazing!
Peter Som ‘Zebra’ Bikini
Mara Hoffman ‘Totem V-Wire’ One Piece’ – marahoffman.com (132.00)
Mikoh ‘Cannes’ One Piece – shop.mikohswimwear.com
Boyish/Pencil Figure: (like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley)This is close to the same as flat chested, but your hips are also very straight or “non-existent”…so you’re going to want to add embellishment and details to that area, much that same as your did to your top. Add curves by picking bottoms (and tops) that have ruffles, ruching, and patterns that bring out your waist, hips, and bust. Try high-waisted, boy-cut, or string bottoms! To create a waist you can try color blocking also. It helps to create the illusion of a wasit. Try to stay away from one pieces that are basic tanks or have high necklines – they tend to emphasize your straight up and down shape.
Rosie’s top and bottom have ruffles and an all over print that helps bring shape to her straight up and down figure.
Zimmerman ‘Rebel Frill’ Bikini – us.zimmermannwear.com (140.00)
Chloe ‘Scalloped Edge’ Bikini – saksfifthavenue.com (275.00)
DKNY ‘Colorblock Cami Maillot New Blue’ Swimsuit – Zappos.com (73.99)
Hourglass: (like Blake Lively) You are lucky because you can get away with basically any shape! Have fun accentuating your curves with fun retro styles, deep v’s, and peplums this year, which are all in style and look like they are around to stay!
Blake Lively shows us how great her hourglass shape looks in a deep v swimsuit!
Zinke ‘Peplum’ Swimsuit – asos.com
BeBops ‘Classic High Waisted Retro’ Bikini – etsy.com
6 Shore Road ‘Coast One Piece’ – shopbop.com (69.00)
And last but not least:
I got this idea from barefootblonde.com (She has a great blog, by the way!)
For the girls who think they have a pouch: and as she said…who doesn’t think that? haha, but if you really do or are concerned about it…You can go with a Molokini, but these are sometimes hard to pull off as it is. I would try a very simple one if you do (like the one posted below). Obviously any one piece will cover it, unless you feel like it will show through. A high wasited bottom is another way to cover that area and bring positive attention to that area in a different way. Ruching in that area and a chevron pattern will also give you a simming effect.
Ted Baker ‘Striped Padded Halter’ Bikini – asos.com
Tatjana Anika ‘Bandeau Cut Out’ One Piece – asos.com
‘Chevron Striped One-Piece’ Swimsuit – kaboodle.com
When looking for a suit, always remember to check these few things.
–shoulders: even if its strapless, raise and lower your shoulders to make sure the top stays where it’s supposed to!
–bust: lean forward and adjust to make sure it doesn’t do the gap thing! you know what i mean!
–sides: watch out for skin coming over the top – it means its too small! and no one wants muffin top or to see yours!
–back: make sure it’s snug, but not too tight. you don’t want etxra skin there either. you also don’t want it falling down.
–butt: wrinkles or sagging means it’s too big.
I hope you have fun looking for a suit and find sun great ones on sale!!!