The Lovely One: Spring Break Swimsuits

Spring? Is that you I see? The Groundhog thought that because he saw his shadow and we were supposed to have six more weeks of winter. He forgot what state rounds out the southeast region of the US of A! Here in Florida the banal rules of meteorology and the atmosphere mean absolutely nothing to us. Here in the southernmost tip, we have our plans and back up plans and the only thing missing is what to wear. It’s not spring without the proper bikini or tankini, whatever floats your boat. If you’re ready to flaunt it all or keep it demure, it’s best to get the best bathing suit for your body type. Nothing says great cruise like and ill-fitting bib around your neck and a permanent wedgie.

What’s your type

Disclaimer: don’t feel type-casted, this is just a starting point as to what can look good on you, mix and match. Live your life the way you see fit. Any and everything you do, it is for your happiness.

Pear Shaped

Curvy at the hips and thighs, but smaller on top

Look for pieces to balance your proportions and get the coverage needed for your bum.

  • For traditional fix, look for clean-skirted bottom that just falls below the largest part of the upper leg.
  • Avoid boy shorts or thick banded bottoms the extra fabric calls attention to what you’re trying to “mask.”
  • A plunging neckline or eye catching top draws the eye upward, minimizing the bottom.

Large Bust

Ample cleavage, you’re buxom and require more support up top

Since you’re are well-endowed on top, support is key. Look for pieces with underwire or molded cups to give the girls the support they need. Avoid ruffles or embellishments if you’re hoping to minimize focus.

  • Underwire and adjustable straps, thicker straps for support
  • Higher backs also very helpful.
  • Molded cups provide extra support and are available in many different styles.
  • Explore suits marked with sizing similar to regular bras.

Small Bust

Proportionally smaller on top

Requires less support. Look for styles with minimal coverage or embellished detailing to create the illusion of a larger bust.

  • Triangle tops create illusion of curves
  • Bold prints, embellishments with ruffles
  • Padded bra tops or push up
  • Halter top


Straight up and down, little to no curve

Look for pieces that play up our curves with styles that flaunt your frame. Suits with less coverage help create the illusion of a fuller shape.

  • Tops and bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments add intrigue and feminine flair and can create the illusion of a shapelier figure.

Monokini creates fab curves with slashes or cutouts strategically placed.

  • The smaller the bottom, the fuller and curvier the derriere appears
  • Tie-side bikini bottoms enhance and adjust perfectly to your size.

Apple Shape

Carry your weight mostly in your middle

There are a number of one-piece, two-piece suits that help smooth out your middle.

  • Shirring works miracles. The gathered fabric hides bulges and creates definition in the waist
  • A figure flattering surplice wrap silhouette trims the waist with its crossover fabric.

Hourglass Shape

You’re curvy throughout with full bust, hips, thighs, and butt.

Key is to highlight your curves while providing support and coverage.

  • Asymmetrical suits draw the eye toward the neckline highlighting the beautiful line from a woman’s neck to collar bone.
  • Color blocking can help highlight your shape, as do retro suits.
  • If you’re not keen on exaggerating your curve, then steer clear of monokinis or string bikinis with thicker ties, which can accentuate your widest areas.