Figure-flattering swimwear

Most of us would rather swim with sharks than shop for a new bathing suit. To make the mission easier, we’ve rounded up the hottest trends and styles, from bikinis and tankinis to maillots and bandeaus, to flatter your shape and size

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Figure-flattering swimwear
Most of us would rather swim with sharks than shop for a new bathing suit. To make the mission easier, we’ve rounded up the hottest trends and styles, from bikinis and tankinis to maillots and bandeaus, to flatter your shape and size
Petite

Cheeky colours and details – cut-outs, hardware, strings and prints – add substance.

Look for adjustable straps that will fit shorter torsos well.

Marlies Dekkers, $210, sizes 32B–40E.

H&M top, $15; bottom, $15; sizes 4–12.* 

Wearing prints, especially mid-size patterns, will make you look fuller.
L’Space top, $72, sizes XS–XL;
bottom, $66, sizes XS–L.*
Pay extra attention to a small bust with eye-catching  cut-outs and bows.
Point Zero, $70, sizes S–L.
L’Space top, $70, sizes XS–XL; bottom, $68, sizes XS–L.*

Pear

Dark bottoms, suits with patterns above the waist and textural focus balance out the curvy-hipped.

If you want a bikini and tummy coverage too, choose a full brief.
Sielle top, $40;
bottom, $30; sizes 8–16.*
Sunseeker Australia, $99, sizes 8–16.

Fables by Barrie, $100, sizes S–L.*
Gottex, $198, sizes 8–16.
This plaid’s strong vertical lines will make you look taller and leaner.
Sunflair top, $90, sizes
36 – 46B,
36 – 46C,
36 – 44D; bottom, $60, sizes 36–?44. *

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Busty

Have fun with colour and a range of styles, but don’t scrimp on structure or support.

Hobie top, $35; bottom, $30; sizes XS–L.*
Whether doing laps or just lounging, feel confident in a horizontal-cut neckline with built-in support.
Gottex, $198, sizes 6–16.

Alia, $75, sizes 10–18.
Huit Plage top, $120, sizes 32A–36C;
bottom, $65, sizes XS–2XL. *
Wide straps and full coverage make deep Vs doable for busty figures.
Opera, $200, sizes 36B–46D.
Apple

Create a visual illusion with dark, slimming colours and graphics that suggest an hourglass form.

Graduated patterns help define curves.
Opera, $220, sizes 36B–46D.
Addition Elle top, $50; bottom, $40; sizes X–4X.*

Black tuxedo-style side stripes imply a willowy waist.
Christina, $88, sizes 8–16.
Penningtons, $100, sizes 16 –30.
Sunflair, $165, sizes 36–46B, 38–46C, 38–46D, 38–42E, 38–42F.
Tall and slim

Go for brights instead of black, but avoid large prints as they can make you look bigger.

Old Navy, $23, sizes XS–XL.
A bandeau-style top and a bottom cut straight across make you look smaller and create the appearance of curves.
Salina top, $62;
bottom, $72; sizes XS–L .*

Matthew Williamson for H&M, $35, sizes 4–12.
Seafolly Australia top, $95, sizes 6–12; bottom, $79, sizes 8–18. *
Show off a trim and healthy physique in a more revealing bikini.
Old Navy, $23, sizes XS–XL.

*Top and bottom sold separately

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