How to Find a Flattering Swimsuit

Flattering Swimsuits for Your Body Type

Swimsuits come in a variety of styles, which makes it easy to find the best one for you. Whether you get a one-piece or two-piece suit, you should find something that can suit your body.

When you think two-piece suit, don't necessarily think "string bikini." While a tiny, sexy bikini is great for curvy, slender women, it doesn't work for everyone. Don't worry though -- there are other two-piece styles for the rest of us. If you have a larger bust, look for a top that provides more coverage and thicker straps that provide better support. Some bikini tops also come with underwire built in to give you that extra lift. Other two-piece suits have high-waisted bottoms, which helps hide larger tummies while providing a chic retro look.

The tankini hasn't been around as long as the bikini, but it's certainly made a splash in terms of its wearability. The long top provides good coverage for plus-size women, yet it still has the feel of a two-piece suit. Tankinis are also great for those with long torsos because they enhance the long lines of the body.

One-piece swimsuits are great for those who like to swim laps. If you're more the splash-around type, the one piece is still a good option because it provides full coverage to your torso.

Sometimes design features can make or break the look of a swimsuit. If you have a smaller bust, try a suit with a bandeau tops or ruffles. They can make your chest look fuller and can help balance out larger hips. Ruffles also work in reverse -- if you have small hips and a large bust, the ruffles will add a little more oomph to your derriere. High cut legs and V-necks perform a similar function: The high cut on the thighs elongates the legs, and a V-neck gives the illusion of a waist to those who have straighter figures.

Color can also help you accentuate the positive. Solid colors and color blocking can be slimming. Geometric patterns can also hide imperfections and have a slimming effect because the eye has a difficult time focusing on one area.

Men don't have as many types of suits to choose from, but board shorts are more fitting for taller, younger men. Volley shorts are shorter, looser and a little more forgiving. Patterned fabric works as a slenderizing camouflage on men's bodies too.

Taller men should look for longer suits that can accentuate their height, rather than make them seem awkwardly tall. Shorter men should also keep the proportion of their legs to body in mind and choose shorter swim trunks that won't cut off their legs and make them seem shorter. Finally, any guy who's carrying around a few extra pounds should look for a suit that doesn't accentuate their midsection.