The best swimsuit for your body type—yes, yours!
What about the women who don’t resemble fruit? (Or aren’t boy-shaped—the third “one of these things is not like the other” category I’ve never quite understood. Couldn’t they say “banana?” Or is that somehow more offensive than “apple” and “pear” shapes?)
Whether you're lanky or petite, the key is to fake curves where there aren't any. Feminine ruffles should do the trick.
Floral-appliqué triangle bikini, $410, miu miu, net-a-porter.com
Don't be tempted to cover up your lower half with a boyshort or thick-strapped bikini—you'll look larger than you are. Instead, choose a high-cut or string-tied brief in a solid color, accompanied by your top of choice.
String Hipster, $38, jcrew.com and Padded Knot Bandeau Top, $34.99, jcrew.com
If you have the one body type that actually looks good in a cut-out one-piece, you're morally obligated to wear one.
One-Piece Pow Wow Cut-Out Swimsuit, $275, Mara Hoffman, saksfifthavenue.com
Repeat after me: "Tankinis are not my friend." No, but seriously...you want a string top and low-riding bikini bottom—it helps to lengthen your waist.
Ruffle Triangle Bikini Top, $10.80 and and Side-Tie Bikini Bottoms, $9.80, forever21.com
Bing: Kimono floral bikini
When you have the proportions of a pinup, it's best to go for retro-inspired pieces that will play up your va-voom curves and teeny-tiny waist.
Kimono Floral Bikini, $174, Nanette Lepore, anthropologie.com
A girl can never have enough black swimsuits, and this Old Hollywood-esque one has ultra-flattering ruching (for more great plus size options, click here.)
Magisculpt Curve Enhancer- Standard, $68, simplybe.com
Bing: BCA colorblock bikini
Muscular girls look good in sporty suits, but that doesn't mean they should wear the same Speedo one-pieces as the local swim team. Color-blocked bikinis inspired by scuba and surf are a much better choice—and right on trend for spring.
Colorblock Bikini Top and bottom, $29 each, BCA, nordstrom.com and nordstrom.com