Tips for Finding the Perfect Spring Break Swimsuit

A woman is packing the essentials for her upcoming vacation, including the perfect spring break swimsuit for her figure.

Shopping for a spring break swimsuit can be quite a challenge sometimes, to say the least. After all, you’re trying to find a swimsuit that complements your body while also fitting your personality, and to achieve this golden combination isn’t always easy. If you’ve had some frustrating swimsuit shopping experiences as of late, don’t despair – below are some handy tips that will help you find that perfect spring break bathing suit for your body type.

If you have a small chest …

Shoot for a top that offers some embellishments (ruffles, etc.) to help create the illusion of a larger bust. For example, this crochet seashell bikini top from Forever21 can gracefully accentuate your chest, and it offers an ultra-feminine look to boot. Also, consider tops with padding to add a little “oomph” to the bust area.

If you have a large chest …

For top-heavy girls, the word of the day is “support.” This means that you might have to pass on those string bikinis, unless you want to risk a wardrobe malfunction. Most bathing suit tops that come in the S, M or L sizes won’t do the trick; instead, stick with cup sizes, and be sure to find a top with underwire support to keep everything where it’s supposed to be. The most body-friendly swimsuit style in this regard is the halter suit, because it typically features thicker straps that can help you maintain more structure in the bust area. For example, this Hula Honey Electric Tie-Dyed strappy halter bikini top from Macy’s (or its tankini equivalent) achieves body-flattering results without compromising support.

If you have a pear shape …

If you’re self-conscious about your hips or you feel like your trunk has too much junk, you’re going to need to choose suits that can achieve a visual balance. One of the best ways to do this is to go for printed tops with solid bottoms, as it will naturally draw the eye to the area of the most visual interest–i.e., your upper body. A good example of this is the Swim Solutions geometric print push-up tankini top with a solid black ruched bottom from Macy’s. The vibrant pattern of the top provides plenty of visual pizzazz to keep the eyes busy, offsetting the hip-and-booty area quite swimmingly.

If you have love handles …

Ah, those infamously stubborn love handles. You can win the “battle of the bulge” by going for a high-waisted bottom, preferably one that reaches just above the belly button to keep any muffin top scenarios from developing. A great example of a stylish high-waisted bottom is this gorgeous knit lace bikini bottom from Forever21 – it keeps everything in check while also offering an elegant look.

If you have a compact or “boyish” figure …

If your silhouette lacks any significant curves, you can “create” some by choosing the right swimsuit style. Avoid any boy-cut bottoms or bandeaus that go straight across, and instead go for visually interesting aids such as padding, ruffles, cups, gathering, etc. In addition, choose ultra-feminine prints, bright colors, and just basically anything that exudes a girlie vibe. Take this Kulani Kinis bikini from Forever21 for example – it has very curve-creating cuts that can bring out the best in your figure.

Never Underestimate the Power of the One-Piece

No matter which body type you have, a one-piece is the closest thing to a sure thing you can find, especially if all of the other options have left you empty-handed. Not only do they offer timeless look, but there are tons of different styles to choose from to flatter practically every body type. One great example is this Swim Solutions floral print one-piece from Macy’s – not only does it have a beautiful, vivid print pattern with a retro feel, but it features several built-in figure-flattering features (such as tummy-control lining) to accentuate the best parts of your frame.

The dressing room doesn’t have to be a torture chamber. Use the tips outlined above to help you score the “Holy Grail” of swimsuits for your spring break excursion!