Quick Tips

  • Ample bust
    • A dark solid color at the top of the suit with a pattern at the bottom will draw the eye downward
    • Sturdy straps and full coverage at the neckline and armholes will add support
    • Don’t dismiss styles like triangle bras and halternecks out of hand: look for underwired triangle tops and halternecks that cover the side of the bust.
  • Smaller chest
    • Bright colors, prints or diagonal stripes across the chest area will visually enhance your chest
    • Soft triangle bras are made for you – and if they’ve got a few volume-adding ruffles, so much the better
    • Go for padded or push-up tops to give you a lift
  • Large Tummy/Waist
    • Slimming stripes or color blocking at the waist can create the illusion of a slimmer middle
    • High-waisted bikini bottoms may also divert the eye from the midriff
  • Long torso
    • Look for suits offered in long torso sizes
    • Two-piece suits can also eliminate fit problems for lady swimmers with long torsos
  • Large hips and thighs
    • Look for suits with vertical patterns and stripes, or suits that feature a bright color at the chest and a darker color below to draw attention away from the lower body
    • Higher cut leg openings can also create a slimming illusion, but don’t sacrifice appropriate coverage for style