Finding the perfect, most universally flattering swimsuits often feels like questing for a unicorn—they may not even exist. But this year’s going to be different! We chatted with resident expert and swimwear buyer Megan Puma about styles every woman can wear, no matter her shape.
Megan’s experience has taught her which suits work best for most bodies, and she’s here to share her insider intelligence. Year after year, she sees which suits are certified winners; that’s why Megan always keeps them in stock. Get excited: She rounded up more than one sure bet in every silhouette. Happy days really are here again.
Tankinis are brilliant because they give you the ability to conceal any figure concerns, minus looking matronly, plus sun protection. The styles come in all sorts of coverage options, including strapless for those who are very anti-tan lines. They’re also a practical choice for anyone chasing after her kids at the beach or into outdoor summer activities, Megan adds. “One of my favorite things about tankinis is that you can easily go from beach to street by throwing on a pair of shorts or a skirt—they’re super versatile,” she says. There’s a tankini out there for everyone; here’s proof positive:
Megan’s Top Tankini Picks:
Panache Anya Spot Tankini Top
No chest left behind! Everybody loves that this evergreen style looks like a swimsuit and fits like a bra (band sizes 32-42, cup sizes D-J, underwire, adjustable straps). The polka dot print is subtle yet still fun and deftly glosses over any problem areas. Slimming details include the black background, the front seams and a little ruching.
Fantasie Los Cabos Flared Bandini Top
The flared cut makes this a great top for someone who isn’t in the market for something especially formfitting but also doesn’t want to hide under a tent. The solid colors are can’t-go-wrong chic, and it’s got removable straps that give you the option of going strapless or crisscrossed in back for additional support. And inside is a 3-part underwire cup with side boning, so the top won’t fall if you’re wearing it without straps.
Freya Sundance Tankini Top
Megan says this tankini is masterful at concealing while revealing. The midriff is partially sheer, but the crochet fabric still hides any marks or bulges you don’t care to be seen. This style also comes in a wide range of cup sizes, all foam-lined and with underwire for shape as well as support. The straps can be tightened or loosened for comfort and converted to cross in back for even more security.
Bikinis are a must have for summer since nowadays you can find supportive styles in pretty much any color or print imaginable. Bikinis are a great way to mix and match your swim wardrobe, too—get creative! Depending on how much coverage you want and where you’re going, you can get a bikini top and a tankini top and pair them with the same bottoms for some smart savings. Megan says, “I personally love halters because they’re so flattering on everyone. The tie around your neck can be tweaked for a custom level of lift and comfort.”
Megan’s Top Bikini Picks:
Freya In the Navy Wire-Free Halter Bikini Top
This top is ideal for someone looking for support, not armor. The foam-lined cups avoid see-through moments and add shape while the halter can be tied tighter or looser depending on how much lift you want. It’s nautical and youthful without being risqué. Pair it with the strappy bottom for a sexier vibe or simple brief for a more understated look.
Pour Moi Glamazon Scoop Neck Bikini Top
The LBS (Little Black Swimsuit) is a key piece in any swimwear wardrobe, and this style is a not-so-basic bet. The cool mesh detail lends a little edge to a top that stealthily has it all going on underneath: underwire for lift, contour cups for shape, adjustable straps for extra comfort and side boning for even more support.
Miss Mandalay Icon Halter Bikini Top
Prayers, answered: a sexy style that doesn’t compromise on coverage. This statement suit nails the strappy trend we’re seeing so much of for 2017. The cups are unlined, so it’s a solid option if you aren’t looking for padding but like an underwire for lift.
BEST ONE-PIECE SWIMSUITS
One-piece swimsuits are practical, functional and comfortable. And by now you know they can be sexy, too! Choose a suit based on personal style or coverage level; either way, you’re in good hands with Megan’s edit of one-pieces with shaping superpowers.
Megan’s Top One-Piece Picks:
Miraclesuit Network Madero One-Piece Swimsuit
Everybody is obsessed with this slimming one-piece swimsuit that’s also available in DD-cup and plus sizes. The drape of the fabric creates a flattering hourglass effect. It’s also secretly equipped with underwire, and the straps are adjustable for maximum support. The subtle mesh panels make this the rare on-trend choice that happens to suit all ages and body types.
Magicsuit Tiki Lisa One-Piece Swimsuit
Who doesn’t love a suit with built-in firming control across the tummy? The eye-catching print and tulip hem aren’t just pretty; they provide strategic camouflage. The pattern on top and solid on the bottom give the impression of a two-piece, the higher neckline adds coverage—and don’t miss the beaded detail at the straps that give this suit some extra pop.
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