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Summer is finally here, which can only mean one thing: It's high time to book thattrip to the beach!
While it sounds great in theory, it's not always as easy to find a swimsuit that you love and feel great in. Luckily, Good Housekeeping style director, Lori Bergamotto, has a few styling tricks to find the perfect bathing suit for any body type.
She's rounded up a few of her favorite one-pieces, including one suit that's universally flattering. (If you're looking for more suits, here are our go-to places to buy bathing suits and here are the cover-ups we love layering on top!)
If you're petite
The go-to trick for making legs look longer is finding a suit that has high-cut bottoms. But, that’s not always a viable solution for petite women. Instead, you can go for a lower-cut neckline (if you're comfortable with that) to create an elongating illusion.
1. Laguna Babe Blush and Burgundy Lace-Up One-Piece Swimsuit, $49, Lulus
The plunging neckline on this suit adds a little flair to your traditional one-piece. Plus, the color blocking on the sides keeps the focus on a column of color to make you look taller.
2. Solid and Striped One-Piece Halter Swimsuit, $50 (normally $168), Saks Off Fifth
This patterned swimsuit features a charming ruffle detail along the neckline for an elevated look. Halter neck swimsuits are taking the summer by storm and this is the perfect piece to sport throughout the season!
3. Naomi Crisscross One-Piece Swimsuit, $158, Nordstrom
If the design on the front wasn't enticing enough, we love the lace-up detailing on the back of this swimsuit! This piece is ready for any beach day.
If you're curvy
If you’re curvy, make a bold statement with a brightly colored one-piece. A key design element to look for is ruching, which is truly a girl’s best friend. It shows off the contours of your curves but helps to conceal any areas where you need a little more support. Also, the No. 1 thing that complements a curvy figure is a supportive top. Look for a built-in bra or cups to help keep everything right where it should be (and to avoid any seaside wardrobe malfunctions!).
1. Ekouaer Womens Elegant Inspired Vintage One-Piece, $26, Amazon
This bold one-piece has taken Instagram by storm. With over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, this swimsuit is a must-have for any getaway this summer. Reviewers love it for its great fit and adjustable straps that make it comfortable for those long beach days.
2. Bedrock Ruffle Swimdress, $89 (normally $125), Swimsuits for All
This women's bathing suit just might be the most fashionable swimsuit you'll see on the beach all season. The ruffle lining gives it the look of a dress, while underneath is a fully functional one-piece swimsuit! It has over 121 five-star reviews that boast about its great fit.
If you're pregnant
Pro tip: Look for suits that have adjustable features — like side ties that you can cinch up or down — so that your body has room to grow.
1. Maternity Halter Tankini Top, $19 (normally $37), Old Navy
If you're expecting, choose a halter style like this one — it offers more support and helps lift everything up. We also love the idea of choosing a tankini that looks like a one-piece.
2. Maternity High Rise Swim Skirt, $14 (normally $27), Old Navy
This high-waisted swim skirt offers comfort and UPF 40 sun protection and is on trend with other high-waisted swim pieces this season. Also, for practicality’s sake, it’s much easier if nature calls and a swim skirt offers more coverage than a brief.
3. 'Josie' Maternity Tankini Swimsuit, $115, Nordstrom
The vibrant print on this two-piece swimsuit was practically made for summer! It was designed to conform to your body throughout the different stages of your pregnancy so you can feel fashionable and comfortable.
4. Motherhood Maternity Sweetheart Tankini Top, $24, Amazon
This comfortable and cute tankini top will also stretch and grow with your bump. It boasts a great fit at a reasonable price and will pair well with any solid color bottom.
If you're looking for something athletic
Athletic bodies come in lots of heights and sizes, but the suits often focus more on function than fashion. Find a suit that excels at both while highlighting your best assets.
1. Adidas by Stella McCartney Racer Neck Swimsuit, $70, Shopbop
Enter: Stella McCartney for Adidas. High-level design meets a racerback style, which is excellent at showcasing toned shoulders and biceps.
It's also worth noting that people get nervous about prints on a swimsuit, but they’re actually flattering when rendered in two darker colors. It’s a great way to step up your look if you always opt for a black suit.
2. Adidas by Stella McCartney Swimsuit, $80, Carbon 38
We're loving the snake print design on this swimsuit! It's sleek and stylish and can double as a bodysuit when you pair it with a linen pant for that pre-beach outing.
3. Uhnice Racing Athletic Swimsuit, $21, Amazon
Reviewers love the quality of this swimsuit and rave that it's flattering for all ages. It's available in a range of colors and patterns so you can pick one that best "suits" your style.
The universally flattering suit
The Sidestroke Swimsuit, $95, Summersalt
You may have seen this suit taking over your Instagram feed and you’re about to see it take over every beach and pool across the nation. From a company founded by two women (so they know your struggles), these suits from Summersalt get real about coverage. To creat it, they scanned more than 10,000 women and captured more than 1.5 million body measurements to find the right fit for each and every body. Each suit is built with four times the compression of the average swimsuit and, as a bonus, provides UPF 50-plus sun protection.
For more summer style essentials, check out:
- The best sundresses for summer
- Best swimsuit cover-ups and kaftans and where to buy them
- 15 of the best maxi dresses for summer