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Women's swimwear 101

Boost your confidence with these figure-flattering swimwear tips for women

Short-waisted and buxom? Perky and pear-shaped? Whatever your shape, embrace your body with a swimsuit that flatters your form. Scroll through the list below to find out what style will help you flaunt what you’ve got and boost what you don’t.

How to boost your bosom

Whether you’re fighting gravity or flaunting what you’ve got, these swimsuits play up the beauty of your bust.

Minimize a large bust

This elegant brown V-necked suit comes with built-in support so it’s great for all-over voluptuous figures.
Fantasizer, $86.

Create cleavage

For small-busted types, this ultra-padded underwire push-up bra delivers serious cleavage.
Top, $40, and bottom, $30, Bikini Bay.

How to flatter your waist

To crunch or not to crunch? Either way, these summer swimsuits make the most of your middle.

Camoflage a tummy

Love your bikini, but after two babies your abs aren’t what they used to be? This suit’s bottom can be pulled up to cover a belly or down to hide the hips.
Seafolly, $206.

Play up your hourglass

This suit gives cleavage and great shape for average busts thanks to its flattering halter, and its solid-coloured bottom slims your waist and hips.
Anne Cole, $120.

How to show off sexy hips

Add curves to a boyish frame or play up your bodacious bod with these hip-loving bathing suits.

Elongate your legs

Make yours look longer with this suit’s high-cut brief. The red-bronze print will flatter your faux tan, too.
Top, $35, and bottom, $35, Christina.

Slim your figure

This deep-plum suit would look amazing on almost anyone. Wrapping and gathering creates a slim waist, and a deep décolletage makes you look long, long, long.
Liquid Assets, by Bikini Bay, $70.

How to beautify a booty

These suits, with their skirts, cut-outs and great fits, add the right kind of drama to your derrière.

Keep it covered

This zebra-print suit is both trendy – animal prints are hot right now – and wearable. Use drawstrings to cover tummy, hips or bum.
Top, $40, and bottom, $35, La Vie en Rose.

Slim your behind

Draw attention away from your bum with this simple, Riviera-ready ruched suit. This one-piecer shows that a great cut and full coverage can be sexy.
Anne Cole, $120.

How to…
Boost your bosom Flatter your waist Show off sexy hips Beautify a booty