Bikini shopping? Don’t go into a store unarmed. You need a tan and a plan. Or, more accurately, some self-tanner (applied and rinsed off well ahead of time – you don’t want to ruin any merchandise!) and some ideas on the suits that are most likely to fit and flatter. Fortunately, I’ve done a little of the legwork for you. Here, 4 suits, why they work, and who should wear them. Maybe one of these is your new favorite bikini.
1. Huit Sunset Stripes Foam Triangle Bikini Top, $77, and fold bikini brief, $62, from Figleaves.com: The foam padded top adds some subtle enhancement for small busted women, while the halter style offers support for medium bust sizes. The foldover bikini brief lets you adjust the bottom to cover more, or less, and can be positioned for maximum flattery.
2. Ted Baker Cristty bikini top, about $75, and Celline bottom, about $55: Proof that a supportive bikini top doesn’t have to look matronly, this pretty floral bikini from printmaster Ted Baker offers boosts your bust, offers some coverage and still manages to look gorgeous! The classic bikini bottom flatters most frames.
3. H&M black bikini top, $17.95, and bottoms, $9.95: A sleek black bikini flatters almost everyone. The bands on this bikini top lift and support, while the sleek bottom downplays the bum and hips.
4. Kate Swim “Veronica” top, $59, and bikini bottom, $59: High-waisted styles are usually best reserved for long waisted women, but the waist on this suit is so high that it creates a longer line, and doesn’t cut the body in half. It trims the torso and conceals the tummy while making a bold fashion statement. The triangle top is adjustable, which means that it will flatter small to medium busts.