8 Swimsuits That Shave Off 10 Pounds
Go on, have as many lobster rolls as you want
We’re all about body positivity here, and we wouldn’t dare suggest skipping ice-cream cones and yummy lobster rolls. After all, what fun would summer be without the occasional indulgences? (Plus, we know you’ve already hit up these five gorgeous hiking trails and tried the best workouts by neighborhood.) Instead, we’ve rounded up eight flattering swimsuits that will work wonders no matter what shape you have--just in time for your tropical summer vacation. Because life’s too short not to flaunt what you’ve got.
IF YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL CURVES, TRY A MIXED-PRINT ONE-PIECE
Here’s one that does double duty. Thanks to contrasting side panels, your curves will be both defined and supported.
Swim Sexy ($59)
IF YOU’RE STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN, TRY A BUSY PRINT
You may long for Sofia Vergara curves, but your stick-straight figure is by far the most common body type. Fake an hourglass shape by wearing a suit that has a busy print, ruffles or a side-tying bottom to give the illusion of curves. Oh, and a little padding up top never hurts, either.
IF YOU RECENTLY HAD A BABY, TRY A RUCHED ONE-PIECE
Just because you’re a new mom doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t shine in a swimsuit. With this miracle one-piece, gathered fabric sucks in your tummy and creates gentle curves by distracting the eye away from whatever lies beneath.
IF YOU WANT TO FEEL RESPECTABLY COVERED, TRY A SHEER-PANELED BIKINI
You might be in your thirties or forties, but that’s no reason not to rock a two-piece. Say you want to be covered (not going for the spring-break look) but not feel too covered (like what your mom might wear)? Then look for panels of sheer fabric or an open knit. That way you can keep it sexy with tasteful flashes of skin.
Target separates ($25 each)
IF YOU’RE BLESSED WITH BIG BOOBS, TRY A BALCONETTE ONE-PIECE
When you have a large chest, finding a swimsuit that keeps the gals in place (especially in choppy ocean waves) can be tricky. Opt for a balconette cut with thick straps and underwire to stay supported all day.
IF YOU’RE PETITE ON TOP, TRY A PLUNGING-V ONE-PIECE
Ladies with a smaller bust, this one’s for you. Draw the eye up toward the collarbone and away from any insecurity areas you may have below.
Bleu Rod Beattie ($119)
IF YOU HAVE MUSCULAR THIGHS, TRY BOY SHORTS
Opt for substantial boy shorts, preferably in a bright color. The more sizable bottom streamlines and makes your upper legs look willowy by comparison.
J. Crew ($40)
IF YOU’RE STILL TONING YOUR BACK AND ARMS, TRY A THICK-STRAPPED BIKINI TOP
If you feel self-conscious about your back and arms (we know you’re working your way toward Madonna triceps), invest in a structured top with a wide swath of fabric around the rib cage. Or try a rash guard with sleeves (pictured above) instead.