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Curvy girls who want to strut their stuff at the beaches and poolside this summer have some great swimwear options to choose from. Finding the right swimsuit can be a daunting task for anyone. A flattering style that hides problem areas is essential. Remember that fit is fabulous, and the right suit can make all the difference in the way you look and feel.

Shape it up

Girls who are pear shaped should look for ways to accentuate the upper body. The pear body shape is heavier on the bottom than on top, with fuller thighs and hips, a slimmer midsection, and smaller bust. A bathing suit that draws attention to the upper body while minimizing the hips is key. Always look for opportunities to create a balance with your curves, top to bottom. A swim dress or swimsuit with a skirted bottom or short sarong are also good options for your body type. Go for suits with a halter or scoop neck top and padded bust. Stay away from strapless suits and bandeau tops, as they emphasize a small bust.

Apple shapes should go for suits that slim the midsection. Swimwear with a tummy control panel, or an empire waist swim dress, are great options for creating a more streamlined silhouette. Choosing swimsuits that draw the eyes up and away from a wider middle is the best way to visually balance your frame. Select a strapless suit with a built-in bra, or one with a plunging neckline for a waist-narrowing effect. Stay away from suits with vertical stripes or designs across the middle, which can make your waist appear wider.

Hourglass shapes have a balanced frame from top to bottom. Go for a halter style suit with comfortable wide straps and ruching to flatter your figure. Always look for opportunities to show off your curves. Stay away from swim dresses, as they will hide your slimmer tummy and make you appear bigger than you really are.

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Don’t be afraid of color

Yes, black is slimming, but there are other options too. For the curvy girl looking to accentuate the positive and hide a few flaws, there are many colors to choose from. Dark colors like chocolate or midnight blue work well, but don’t be afraid of patterns or bright colors. There are many figure-flattering swimsuit styles with sexy color options. Also find ways to use colors and patterns to your advantage. If you are pear shaped, a two-tone suit with a light color on top and dark color on the bottom will help accentuate your bust while slimming your bottom, which creates the illusion of an hourglass.

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Rock a colorful sarong, a cute, two-piece coverup, or matching shorts with your suit. Don’t forget a hat or cool shades to complete your look.

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