Does swimsuit season bring up all those nagging body-image issues you thought you’d gotten over long ago? You’re not alone! That’s why we found three amazing slimming swimsuits, for three common body types, that will help you kiss those summer body worries goodbye.
These shape-enhancing suits (and coordinating cover-ups!) are sure to boost your confidence in a flash. Keep scrolling for our picks for the best slimming swimsuits to make you look — and feel! — fantastic all summer long.
Where to buy: $74.40 (Originally $124), Nordstrom
A smoothing halter suit like this one is the best choice if you’re blessed with a big bust. The thick straps of a halter style lift and provide support, while a plunging V-neck slims the top half. “Plus, a suit that features a firm-control inner mesh lining ‘sucks’ in the tummy to erase bulges,” says celebrity stylist Samantha Brown.
Tying a sarong just below your waist creates the illusion of a long arrow pointing down to “elongate” and slim the torso. And one with a colorful pattern distracts from (and masks!) rolls and bulges.
One we love: Casual Movements Starfish Coral Swimsuit Cover-Up ($15.99, Amazon)
Where to buy: $95, Summersalt
A colorblocked suit works like magic to create curves where there aren’t any. “The strategic contrast of a thick, solid segment from the belly down and a panel of colorblock stripes from the belly up tricks the eye into seeing a more defined waist,” says Brown. “This illusion helps give a more boxy figure the appearance of a feminine, hourglass shape.”
The linear look of a 67″ by 45″ sarong wrapped into a dress “stretches” the silhouette, while the diagonal movement creates curves.
One we love: Shu-Shi Beach Cover-Up ($19.95, Amazon)
Where to buy: $82 (Originally $102), Swimsuits for All
A faux wrap suit is perfect for larger bottomed-figures, since the easiest way to draw the eye up is to fill out the top!
The easiest way to counteract a larger bottom? Fill out the top! “The sweet-heart neckline of a wrap-style suit makes the bosom a focal point, while slight ruching and molded cups add visual volume to the bust,” says Brown.
What’s more, straps that rest at the ends of the collarbone “broaden” shoulders to offset hips and thighs, and higher-cut leg openings elongate legs so they appear longer and thinner.
A “half” sarong like this one has enough fabric to conceal any lower-body jiggles without completely covering your legs. And vertical details like dangling tassels direct the eye up and down to lengthen and slenderize the lower half.
One we love: Dotti Macrame Pareo Cover-Up ($43.20, Zappos)
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine.