Searching for a new bikini (or three) in preparation for switching on your out-of-office is equal parts joyful and stressful. The only thing standing between you and vacation nirvana is finding the most flattering and best bikinis worthy of making it into your suitcase, but there’s a lot of trial and error involved. We’ve rounded up the best bikinis for every style and body shape, from sporty minimal classics and flattering high-waisted pieces to statement-making animal prints and ultra-feminine ruffles. All you have to do is add sunshine…
BEST BIKINI FOR POOLSIDE POSING
These are the pieces to break out when you don’t want to go unnoticed. Sure, you could technically swim in them, but they’re really too fabulous to be hidden beneath the water line. Look for bright colors, ruffles, ribbons and ties that are guaranteed to look as good by the pool as they will posted on your Instagram feed. Just make sure to mix up your styles – you want to make a statement with your swimwear, not your tan lines.
BEST BIKINI FOR CREATING CURVES
If all you really require of your dream bikini is that it makes you feel and look amazing on vacation, then these are for you: simple shapes in bright colors and vibrant prints that channel all the sunshine-fueled joy and happiness you could wish for. Don’t restrict yourself to one – you’ll want a handful to switch in and out, depending on your mood.
BEST BIKINI FOR SPORTY TYPES
If you’re planning on spending your days paddle boarding and surfing rather than relaxing, you’ll need a bikini that hits the sweet spot between function and fashion; one that you won’t spend your time pulling at to make sure it’s still in place. Steer clear of teeny triangles or underwiring that will dig in and instead look to labels like Hunza G and Les Girls Les Boys – the stretch-meets-sport cropped tops err on the sexier side of sports.
BEST BIKINI FOR BIGGER BUSTS
In need of a bit more lift than a triangle bikini has to offer? Then head for underwired designs. Brands like Heidi Klein and Melissa Odabash have mastered the art of stealth support, creating pieces that have all the underpinning you require, hidden behind fashion-forward, feel-good detailing. Pair your favorite with high-cut briefs to give a long, lean silhouette.
BEST BIKINI FOR PEAR SHAPES
Not only are high-waisted bikini briefs the most flattering option for bigger bottoms and less-toned stomachs, they’re also a brilliant compromise for anyone who wants to wear a bikini without feeling too naked. Look for ones that graze your belly button – they’ll highlight your waist and show off the narrowest part of your ribcage. And don’t be put off by the idea that modest equals boring: thanks to the likes of Faithfull The Brand and Dodo Bar Or, you can satisfy all your summer personalities with ease.
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