As things go, I’m pretty good when it comes to body image. At this point in my life, I’ve pretty much figured out what to wear – and what not to wear – to make me feel good. That being said, there is nothing I hate more than shopping for swimsuits. Every time I venture to find a piece, that little voice pops out from the depths of my brain, telling me I need to either stop eating or save up for some lipo. Not a good scene.

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I’m going away in a couple weeks, and the dread of bikini shopping is starting to get the best of me. This time, I’m trying something new, though: I am doing my research and figuring out the most flattering bathing suits for my body. While I’m at it, I’ll find the best ones for you, too.

PEAR

Pear 2What it means: smaller on top, curvy at the thighs and hips
What to look for: skirted bottom, plunging neckline
What to avoid: boy-shorts or thick bottoms
The perfect suit: Nasty Gal Alina Mix & Match Cutout
Extra options: Oprah has you covered

LARGE BUST
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What it means: you’re chesty and need coverage
What to look for: underwire or molded cups, higher backs
What to avoid: ruffles or embellishments
The perfect suit: Triangl Poppy Flamingo Fling
Extra options: This Refinery29 list is EVERYTHING

SMALL BUST
small bust
What it means: smaller on top, with A or B cup
What to look for: embellished details, patterns
What to avoid: nothing. Sky’s the limit!
The perfect suit: Aerie Halter
Extra options: Look no further than Women’s Health

ATHLETIC
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What it means: straight up-and-down, less curves
What to look for: cut-outs, less coverage
What to avoid: ruffles, thick straps
The perfect suit: Revolve Mott Cutout
Extra options: With a site name like She Knows, you’re safe

APPLE
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What it means: carry weight mostly in your middle
What to look for: gathered fabric, high waists
What to avoid: thin straps, cut-outs
The perfect suit: Magicsuit Fringed Ruched One-Piece
Extra options: Look Fabulous will DEF make you… look fabulous?

CURVY
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What it means: full bust, hips, thighs… curvy everywhere
What to look for: asymmetrical, retro
What to avoid: string bikinis
The perfect suit: Asos Mesh Panel Cupped Swimsuit
Extra options: Swimspot is THE spot (get it?)

Now, if you’re still on the fence, relax – the Huffington Post No Bullshit Swimsuit Guide has EVERYTHING for EVERY body type.

Happy swimming!

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