20 Best Swimsuits for Every Body Type
Your Best Swim Style
For athletic: Rash guard
You can't go wrong with this classic color combination, and a body-hugging wet suit highlights a trim shape. This graphic Cynthia Rowley number ($295; cynthiarowley.com) gives you instant curves thanks to its creative black-and-white design.
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For athletic: Cutouts
For athletic: High-waisted
For athletic: Strappy
Bare your sexy back in this super strappy Indah ($158; indahclothing.com) number. Those workouts to tone your back are paying off now, right?
For athletic: Tribal
For curvy: Rash guard
For curvy: Cutouts
Keep your bust in check with molded cups. This Flagpole Swim suit ($378; flagpoleswim.com) has fun cutouts under the bust and on the side of the bottom for a flirty look that still provides ample support where you need it most.
For curvy: High-waisted
For curvy: Strappy
For curvy: Tribal
For pear: Rash guard
For pear: Cutouts
This subtly sexy one-shoulder suit from O.Y.E. ($350; oyeswimwear.com) plays up your upper half. The small slits keep the look from being boring and add an element of surprise. You've worked hard for awesome arms, so go ahead and flaunt them!
For pear: High-waisted
For pear: Strappy
For pear: Tribal
Strategic slits visually shrink your lower region on this Red Carter suit ($159; amazon.com). A full-coverage bottom means you won't be exposing anything you don't want to (no accidental wedgies here).
For apple: Rash guard
For apple: Cutouts
For apple: High-waisted
For apple: Strappy
For apple: Tribal
A colorful lightweight scarf like this one from Lemlem Kedame Beehive ($135; lemlem.com) will take you from the beach to the streets in style. It makes a nice wrap for breezier days and cooler nights.
Tune out in style
It's prime time for a good beach read. We recommend The Royal We ($26; amazon.com) for its dishy, decadent look inside the British royal family from an outsider's point of view. Follow Bex, an American at Oxford, who ends up falling in love with Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. What seems like a fairytale instead turns into a complicated life of tabloid stories, family drama, and unbelievably uncomplicated scenarios. You won't want to put this one down.
Jewelry? At the beach? Yes!
A bit of neon really pops in the hot summer sun. Enjoy the sunshine and still block some of the strong rays with this bright pink Inverni hat ($185; bergdorfgoodman.com).
From poolside to party
Mark your spot
Ditch that basic towel and upgrade to the Solkissed Inca beach blanket ($129; southbeachswimsuits.com). You'll be relaxing in style (covered in sunscreen, of course), and it'll be easy to spot in the sand—no more forgetting where you parked all your things!
The perfect tote
Between sunscreen, your book, food, and drink, you can end up carrying a LOT of things to the beach. Keep everything in one place with the All Hands canvas sailor tote ($240; allhandsny.com). Durable canvas maintains its shape and is easy to wash and brush off (unlike those plastic or straw versions you might be used to).
Toss your ratty flip-flops and trade them for these Ipanema ones ($18, amazon.com). A little sparkle dresses up your feet, so if you hit up post-beach drinks you won't feel underdressed.
A fun towel is exactly what you want come summertime, and this We Are Handsome one ($73; wearehandsome.com) is bright and fun for any beach get-together.
No XL T-shirt necessary. Try this Basta Surf Maya caftan ($188; bastasurf.com) instead. The pink piping and funky design streamlines the silhouette to keep it from looking boxy.