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Different Types of Swimsuits & Bikinis
for Every Body Type

Whether it’s summer weekends by the pool or a fast-approaching vacation, don’t forget to put finding your figure’s best swimwear on your to-do list. With so many different types of swimsuits and bikinis to pick from, there are more than a few options out there for every single body type. Which ones will work wonders for you? Here’s an overview:

  • One-Piece Swimsuit

    One-piece swimsuits flatter every figure. They’re versatile, easy to wear and provide coverage while also helping to accentuate your favorite body parts. For example, if you’ve got a full bust, look for V-neck styles or those with built-in bras.

    What’s more, many of our one-pieces are constructed with brilliant extras, like bra sizing—particularly key for the DD+ swimsuit crowd—and slimming fabrics.

    Style Tip: What makes one-piece swimsuits so versatile is that they’re the aquatic equivalent of the bodysuit, a fashion staple. So not only can you wear your swimsuit on the sand, you can throw on cut-offs and head to happy hour, too.

  • Bikini

    Although a bikini can seem intimidating, know that two-piece swimsuits offer a level of customization so personalized, they can often be the most flattering choice. Many tops and bottom are sold individually, so you can get the sizing you need; they’re also available in a lot of cuts and combinations (a triangle top and boyshort bottoms, for instance) to suit you.

    Style Tip: Guarantee a confident, ready-for-anything look by picking up your suit’s matching cover-up.

  • Active Swimwear

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    Athletic-inspired suits are a major trend at the moment. Not only do sports bra- or high-neck tops provide support for a surfside jog or some beach volleyball, design details like color blocking and racing stripes earn serious style points.

    Style Tip: Because active swimwear offers above-average support, it’s perfect to pair with running shorts for a jog along the beach and with sneakers if you’re pounding the pavement.

  • Tankini

    Popularized in the last twenty years or so, tankinis strike the perfect balance between a full-coverage one-piece and a bitsy bikini. The longer top obscures and smooths a tummy at the same time.

    Style Tip: Not unlike a tank top, the tankini works exceptionally well with a sarong, skirt or swim shorts.

  • Swim Dress

    When it comes to swimwear styles, a swim dress offers the most coverage. Featuring a skirted bottom, this sweet fit-and-flare style is great for those looking for a bit more modesty in the swimwear department.

    Style Tip: Swim dresses are a great way to save space when packing for vacation since they don’t require a separate cover-up. If you prefer to wear one, look for cover-ups that won’t get in the way of the skirted bottom, like a button-down shirt.

Types of Bikini Tops

  • Halter Top Bikinis

    Halter styles are ideal for those with small to average busts, as they’ll enhance your cleavage by hoisting you up and in. They’re also good for those with wider hips, as the narrow cut at the shoulders nicely balances out your proportions.

    Style Tip: Because the straps on halter top bikinis can vary from wide to thin, make sure your bikini bottom is designed with similar lines for a harmonious look.

  • Triangle Top Bikinis

    Triangle tops are terrific on smaller chests, straighter figures or those who are looking to show off a hard-earned beach body. Since they’re totally adjustable thanks to their string ties, you can customize the fit to your liking.

    Style Tip: For those looking to add to their bust size, choose a busy fabric (think florals or stripes) or a triangle top bikini with ruffles.

  • Bandeau Top Bikinis

    Bandeau bikini tops complement a straight up-and-down figure or smaller bust. For enough strength to separate and support a larger chest, find one with an underwire.

    Style Tip: Have fun playing with your cover-up options, as bandeau bikini tops practically vanish underneath.

  • Underwire Bikini Tops

    Ideal for cup sizes DD and above, tops in bra sizes with underwires are aces. Since they shape, define and support, this classic bikini top style is tailor-made for those with curves.

    Style Tip: Underwire bikini tops are the best on the go because they work like a bra. You can toss on any summer outfit without worrying about looking like you’re in need of more lift.

  • Flounce Bikini Tops

    A suit that has a ruffled top will add volume to smaller chests and those with boyish figures.

    Style Tip: If your top is full of fun frills, consider keeping your bikini bottoms simple.

Types of Bikini Bottoms

  • Cheeky Bikini Bottoms

    To highlight the rear view, look for higher-cut bottoms, also known as cheeky bikini bottoms. By cutting across the tush rather than below it, you’re creating the illusion of a curvier behind.

    Style Tip: If you’re feeling your backside, keep the vibe going by matching cheeky bikini bottoms with a pair of cut-offs.

  • High Waisted Bikini Bottoms

    Great for covering a tummy, high-cut briefs are also one of the most stylish, ingenious ways to smooth a backside.

    Style Tip: For a tailored, retro pin-up effect, choose high-waisted bikini bottoms that come with a matching belt.

  • String Bikini Bottoms

    String bikini bottoms are just the thing for straight shapes and anyone looking to show some skin.

    Style Tip: Remember not to tie too tightly. Otherwise, these sexy bottoms can create unsightly—and otherwise nonexistent—lumps and bumps.

  • Hipster Bikini Bottoms

    Sitting low on the waist—down by the hips, hence the name—these bottoms lengthen the look of the torso and let tummies breathe.

    Style Tip: These are the foundation of a well-rounded swim wardrobe. Regardless of what you wear up top, you can never go wrong with a cute-meets-comfortable hipster in a neutral solid color.

  • Skirted Bikini Bottoms

    A skirted bikini bottom imparts modesty and helps conceal hips and thighs, all the while looking incredibly feminine.

    Style Tip: Since a cover-up is basically built into these bottoms, throw on an open-front cover-up for a stylish look that won’t interfere with your swimsuit’s lines.

With so many different swimwear options, there’s no question the perfect piece or pair is out there waiting for you when warm weather hits. Not only does Bare Necessities have a slew of chic, supportive bikinis, tankinis and maillots, coordinating cover-ups and accessories help you create a head-to-toe look you can feel good about wherever your travels take you.


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