It’s swimsuit season. These words are probably met with equal amounts of dread and excitement by women around the world. The lure of sunny beach days is only counteracted by the apprehension of going swimsuit shopping. Luckily for many of us, the one-piece is back in a major way, as seen on celebs from Beyoncé, Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez. Whether you have tons of tabs open on your browser or are silently cringing in fitting rooms, we have a round-up of suits that will have you relishing in the sun. BAEwatch alert!
TUMMY TUCK. A little self-conscious about your mid-section? Consider ruching! A suit with this design technique can be perfect for hiding a bit of bloat.
Another great swimsuit style for combatting a tough mid section is embracing the high-waisted retro trend.
Check out this great retro option from ASOS’s Fuller Bust & Curve collections. This thick strapped top with underwire is also great for those with a little more than a string bikini can handle on top.
A great stylist trick to create a slimming illusion: chevron stripes.
Here’s a smart Kate Spade New York style that embraces sliming stripes and a high waist in a smart kite design.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT. Another time when ruching comes in handy? If your booty is a little flat. Frills and ruching down the backside as well as a “brazilian cut” bottom takes care of this problem! Behold - a brazilian butt lift, swimsuit style.
A great brand to check out for this is Colombian swim label, Agua Bendita. Their amazingly fun prints, embellishments and patterns on their suits are perfect for the girl that is THE life of the party. And the lively prints perfect hide our ruching trick!
CURVES AHEAD. If you have a less curvy frame, why not opt for a one-piece with daring side cut outs to create the illusion of curves. The negative space at the middle helps create the illusion of a waist.
Another great style for a straighter frame is the string bikini! Have fun and show some skin without the risk of being too much in the teeny tiny triangle bikinis in a huge array of colors.
Go luxe with this Emilio Pucci Mosaic print option recently worn by Jennifer Lopez!
MIRACLE LIFT. When you have a small bust, the swimsuit world is your oyster. Embrace trends like bandeaus! The bow of this Lisa Marie Fernandez draws attention to the bust and the shape and padding create the illusion of a little bit of “oomph.”
You’re not one for laying out and would rather spend your beach time active. You know, hitting the waves, serving a volleyball and all of that fun stuff. An athletic cut swimsuit with a fuller tush is your best bet. This way, you don’t have to worry about covering up and things shifting about as you do your thing.
Here’s a sporty, modest option. Why not go for a full coverage one piece. Great for UV protection and hitting the waves.
Problem area your thighs? A bit pear shaped? Go with the old-Hollywood glam style of skirted one pieces.
This retro-inspired Norma Kamali number will have you channeling Grace Kelly. Now all you need is a fabulous red lip, great cat-eye sunnies and your prince will come running too!
LEGS FOR DAYS. It’s time to revisit your favorite 90s swimsuit. The time has never been so right to channel Baywatch. With the simple scoop back swimsuit being so on-trend you’ll be able to find it everywhere. We recommend going the tried and true route with fan favorite, the J. Crew Scoopback One-Piece Swimsuit. Absolutely perfect for long summer days by the lake. The high-cut leg is a great shape for elongating your legs!