Spring Break is exactly one week away and that can only mean one thing: bikinis. Some of you may have been shopping for this one special week for months now, and the other half of you have probably avoided the day of shopping for new bikinis like your ex from high school. Whatever your situation may be, Her Campus Mizzou is here to help you through the stressful process of buying that perfect bikini for your body — because everyone’s body deserves to be noticed in the best way.
Small busted. Bikinis that are padded and have ruffles trick the eyes. The ruffles create the illusion of a bigger chest and disguise the padding. Corset-like tops also allow for a push-up effect. And remember: the tighter the fit, the better! A gapping top only highlights what isn’t there.
Busty. A halter-style bikini gives you the support and coverage you need. Helpful tip: solid colored bikinis give the eyes a focal point while patterned bikinis distract the eyes.
Bottom-heavy. Bottoms that have an extra inch material help show off your curves the right way. Yokini Swimwear offers the perfect fit for this style of bottoms! Mixing the fold-over feature from yoga pants in a flattering, concealing, sexy kind of way.
Small bottom. Bikini bottoms that are scrunched in the center work against flattened skin to create the illusion of a magazine-ready booty.
Petit. Vibrant colors help draw attention to you. On the other hand, florals and polka dots may nudge your frame into little-girl territory. Bikini bottoms with gathered sides and a higher fit help lengthen the legs.
Plus-sized. Solid colors do the trick once again! A good tankini in Black is known for its slimming effect, but if you want to stray from solid colors, dark to light, shading has a lengthening effect (dark starting at the bottom). A few things to remember: too much fabric makes you look heavier rather than lighter, and look for tankini’s with built-in bras and control panels.
Long torso. High-waisted bikini bottoms help draw less attention to a long torso. With the bottoms that hit right bellow the navel, the distance between your bustline and hip will appear shorter. Mismatching the top and bottom will help your waist seem smaller as well.
Short torso. A low-rise bikini bottom paired with a halter-style top helps elongate the torso and bring attention up, creating a broader top half.
Athletic. Tops with padding are ideal for those who are athletically shaped. Bikini bottoms should sit lower on the hips and, for something flirty, bottoms should be accompanied with strings or ruffles. One-piece monokinis with side cutouts also creates the illusion of an hourglass figure.