Hate swimsuit shopping? Join the rest of the female world, especially the women among us who are over the age of 35. How is it that our bodies don’t seem to just “fit” inside bathing suits anymore? How come we have to deal with little skin bits that won’t cooperate like they used to?

Well, it’s all about to change, friends. Anita and Rosa Faia have swimsuits with flattering fabrics and clever cuts that are suited for real bodies—like ours. And to help you survive the inevitable dreaded swimsuit shop, we’ve got some brilliant tips and tricks on which swimwear you should be wearing based on how you describe your body type.

Are you the Hourglass Gal? Pear-Shaped? Whatever your shape, you’ll find it here, along with the most flattering cuts for you.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BATHING SUIT FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE

I’VE GOT AN HOURGLASS SHAPE

“My hips and bust are the same size with a well-defined waist.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Tops with straps that sit in the centre of your well-balanced shoulders, or even try a bandeau top.
  • Match your top with embellished bottoms to balance the whole look.

Get the Look: CORALIE Tropea or MILOU Pinapple Bay bikini set

I’VE GOT A STRAIGHT SHAPE

“My bust and hips are about the same size, with a slightly smaller waist.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Padded or push-up tops in light colours or bold patterns with wide-set straps draws attention to your bust and adds curves to your upper half.
  • For bottoms, try low to mid-rise ones with ties or hip embellishments to add the illusion of curves.
  • If you are looking for a bit more coverage, try a skirted or ruffled bottom to help add curves to your hip.

Get the Look: PAULINA Pink Beach top and bottom or pair the HERMINE bikini top with KIKI Island Hopping bottoms

I’VE GOT A PEAR SHAPE

“My bust is smaller than my hips and my waist gradually slopes outwards from the bust to hip.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Padded or push-up embellished tops and minimalistic patterns on the bottom to draw the eye up, balancing your lower half.
  • If one-pieces are more your style, try to find light coloured or embellished bust area with wide-set strap and higher-cut leg to reduce the visual width of your hips, giving the illusion your bottom half is slenderer.

Get the Look: LENI Pure Stripes one-piece or PAULINA Blue Lagoon top paired with CAUSUAL BOTTOM Blue

I’VE GOT AN OVAL SHAPE

“My waist is wider than my bust and hips and my hips are narrow compared to my shoulders.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Wider straps and fuller-coverage tops provide support and give the illusion of being smaller on top.
  • One-pieces with a wrap-style detail will help define the waist.
  • Hint: in general look for suits that have dark coloured sides and a light, bright or printed middle to give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Get the Look: AILEEN Floral Parade or TERESA Pure Stripes

I’VE GOT AN INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE

“My bust is large and hips are narrow but my waist isn’t overly defined.”

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

What to look for:

  • Simple, solid coloured triangle tops with wider straps provide support to your bust
  • When choosing a top, ensure it provides adequate coverage to make your top appear smaller.
  • Choose bottoms that cut straight across your hips with side ties to add curves.
  • One-pieces with top details and deep V-necks will create a curvaceous, balanced effect.

Get the Look: CARLI White Bay bikini set or JOSWTTA Nautical Spirit one-piece

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

Tricks to Finding a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Shape

Want to WIN a bathing suit that flatters your shape? Enter right here! We are giving away the Florianopolis swimsuit (value $165), which includes:

  • Mali Bottom: $40
  • Eleonore Bikini Top: $125

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  • My biggest concern is my stomach.. I don’t think my hips are small enough to find in a bikini but love tankinis.

  • Soozle

    My biggest concern is concealing my hips a little

  • Heidi C.

    Sadly enough, I worry about whether I look chubby or not as well as how supported my breasts are.

  • Maria Katie

    My stomach and my hips

  • Diana Powell

    Making sure there is enough coverage on top .

  • Janet Meisner

    The fit is so important . I like to have coverage but a fit that enables easy swimming.

  • Doris

    My biggest concern is my stomach.

  • favgreen

    It’s my mid section…ugh…I have yet to ever feel okay in a bathing suit!

  • Natalie

    How to get enough coverage and lift for the girls. 😉

  • jemrah

    just about everything – my top, my middle and my bottom

  • Francine F.

    Proper coverage for the “girls”

  • I small on top, so one that fits properly.

  • Debbie

    My hip hangover!!

  • Jenness M

    I need lots of support up top!

  • Nicolthe pickle

    Mine is covering my lovely bottom.

  • ToCo

    Simply finding one that’s flattering.

  • beth

    To find a 2 piece that I can mix and match.. small butt, bigger boobs for a smaller girl LOL

  • Maritess

    My biggest concern is my tops. I want them with enough coverage and support.

  • Jeannie

    My biggest concern is finding one that’s flattering, but comfortable!

  • Brenda Lacourciere

    Mine is trying to find one that hides my chunky thighs and belly.

  • Leslie Crosbie

    A swimsuit that makes me comfortable so I can have fun instead of worrying about how I look!

  • Rixi

    Swimsuits make me feel exposed. I want to find one that makes me fell good instead.

  • Alison Braidwood

    My main concern is something that looks cute, but is comfortable.

  • pinksuzanne

    My main concern is finding a suit that is flattering and stays where it is supposed to.

  • Erinn Lishman

    My biggest concern when buying a bathing suit is trying desperately to ensure I do not look flat chested!

  • Debbie Starkey

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  • Debbie Starkey

    my biggest concern is that my tummy doesnt stick out!

  • Tina F

    my biggest concern when I go for a one piece is that the top never ever fits me if the rest of it does

  • ksceviour

    Finding something that looks good and keeps everythng in..lol

  • karenmeg

    Non existent boobs got smaller and middle less elastic after babies, and a flatter butt with age. Fun stuff when bathing suit shopping!

  • My biggest concern is my midsection. I look for a suit to disguise my rather round belly.

  • Fan Rakhim

    My biggest concern is to feel comfortable in it and hide big butt.

  • Amy Heffernan

    Coverage of my big thighs. 🙁

  • Christine Murray

    My biggest concern is my stomach.

  • fossie55

    My stomach is a big concern when purchasing a bathing suit.
    Florence Cochrane

  • Sharon Brideau

    I have a very heavy bust , that is my main concern , finding a one piece bathing suit that will have a good support –Sharon Brideau

  • Marra

    My biggest concern is support.

  • Eileen

    Coverage for my hips

  • Candice

    Belly coverage that is flattering

  • Em Vee

    will it hide my gut. i need something to “tuck” in my gut lol

  • sara rai

    I want something that covers my rear end hehe.

  • BobbiJo Pentney

    Hide my tummy

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