Hello, spring! After a long, cold winter, the sun has finally come out to play. It’s time to pack away the sweaters and boots and pull out those warm-weather favorites. One item to include in your spring rotation? The swimsuit. Whether you’re heading to the beach or just your own backyard, you’ll need a style you love for those sunny days. And with so many options to choose from, it’s easy to find a fit that flatters your figure—so you can make a splash all season.
Halter, underwire, tankini—there are so many choices, but which is right for you? Fortunately, there are a few tricks to finding the fit you love. It all depends on what you want your swimsuit to do.
Emphasize Your Bust
If you’ve got a fuller bust and waist, a halter top is your best bet. The straps will lift and support your bust and define narrow shoulders. This one is sure to be one of your go-to styles.
Support and Define Your Bust
Whether you’re looking to lift a smaller bust or add extra support for a larger one, the underwire top is sure to be your go-to. Not only is it a classic, it’s also universally flattering. What’s not to love?
Emphasize Your Bust, Conceal Your Tummy or Balance Your Figure
A halter tankini is a great option for fuller figures. The straps help flatter your chest, while the long torso conceals your tummy. The best part? You get the coverage of a one-piece and the mix-and-match options of a two-piece. Win-win.
Mixing and matching is half the fun of swim shopping, and knowing which bottom is right for you makes it easier to narrow down the choices. Whether you want a little coverage or a lot, there are plenty of options to help you look and feel your best.
Cover Your Bottom
If you like the look of a two-piece but don’t want to feel exposed, you’ll love the classic bikini bottom. It flatters many shapes, from full hips and thighs to long, lean legs. Throw it on and enjoy the sunshine.
Cover Your Bottom and Tummy
When you prefer a little extra coverage, consider the high-waist bottom your new best friend. It draws attention to defined waistlines and flatters shapely thighs and seats. Need to balance out your shoulders and waist? This style will do the trick.
Cover Your Bottom, Hips & Thighs
Fun, feminine and flattering, the skirted bottom is just waiting for its day in the sun. If you have a fuller midsection, this style is one you’ll want in your closet. Want something a little more sporty? The board short is your MVP. It’s effortlessly cool and provides maximum coverage, so you can play the day away without a care in the world.
VIDEO: Watch the Swim Fit Guide for more tips.
If you’re more of a one-piece gal, there are plenty of options for you. Prefer something with more coverage? No problem. Need a style with some sizzle? Go for it! But which fit is right for you? Here are a few tips that may come in handy.
Cover and Support Your Bust
A flattering fit on most figures, it’s no wonder the tank suit never goes out of style. It provides excellent coverage while supporting fuller busts. And with so many options to choose from, you can sport a look that’s sweet or go for a style that cranks up the heat.
Conceal Your Hips and Thighs
The playful swimdress is not only fun to wear, it also flatters shapely hips and thighs. Go ahead and give it a twirl.
Slim Your Hips
It’s no secret darker colors have a slenderizing effect, but if you want to trim your shape even more, you may consider the slimming swimsuit. With its supportive lining, it slenderizes hips while supporting the waist and stomach. It’s kind of like a secret weapon.
Knowing the fits that fit you best are sure to make swimsuit shopping a breeze. Show us which style works for you by posting your swim photos to social media with #jcpStyle. See you in the sunshine.