Sam Saboura, the style expert at YouBeauty.com, says to "look for ruffles, bows, pleating and draped styles that soften your boxy frame and add a feminine touch." Opt for girly prints and don't be afraid to play with patterns--but avoid anything with horizontal stripes. A halter bikini like Stephanie Pratt's will bisect your shoulders and add lift and cleavage. "For bottoms look for side ties, belted styles and triangle shapes."
You want to highlight or create the illusion of a waist, so a one-piece wrap style that gathers at your middle is an excellent choice. Saboura loves asymmetrical one-pieces because the diagonal lines cut up the rectangular shape of your body. Look for suits that call attention to the waist with belts and cut out details or contrasting colors at your midsection. Your suits should be cut high at the thigh to elongate your legs and add curve to the hips.
"The same rules that apply to dressing a pear-shaped body in life apply to choosing your swimsuit," Saboura says. Call attention to your upper body with prints, patterns, bold bright colors, detailed jeweled necklines and eye-catching embellishment. Halters like Maria Menounos', molded cups and bandeau tops all work great in a two-piece. Tankinis are also wonderful for your body type.
Look for color-blocked suits that are bright, light or patterned on top and darker on the bottom. Higher minimal necklines and boatnecks on a one piece will create balance by filling out your upper half. Chose bottoms in darker tones that are cut higher on the thigh to elongate your legs and cut the curviness of your hips and bottom. Avoid boyish boxy cuts on the bottom and try a sarong for extra coverage on your lower half, Saboura suggests.
"The hourglass can get away with murder because of her naturally sexy shape, so almost any style will work on this body type," Saboura says. Since your curves tend to do all the talking, go for clean, solid suits that showcase the silhouette of your body. Triangle tops like and bottoms like Heidi Montag's, or classic string bikinis, work well as long as they support your bust and bottom. Prints are fine but better when it comes to bikinis as an all over print may negate your curves.
Sam Saboura loves a retro vibe for hourglass girls, who can totally pull it off. "Think 1950s pin ups and try a one-piece that wraps or ruches around the body hugging your curves." Sweetheart necklines and classic halters work great and flatter the bustline while providing great support. Side cutouts on a one-piece suit can also highlight the natural curve at your waist.
Saboura recommends one-piece suits for full-figured gals; however, if you prefer a two-piece suit, "try a tankini style or a high waisted bottom with full tank style top." Aubrey O'Day's tiny white bikini may not be recommended, but reality starlets have little to no shame. At least her bust is properly supported.
Most women who have a full shape have a great bustline and good legs, so embrace them and show them off, la Snooki. "Look for sweetheart necklines, tank styles with thicker straps and suits that have a higher Lycra content for structure and support," Saboura advises. Opt for suits that ruch, gather pleat and wrap around the body--they will help to conceal the tummy area and hold you in.
If you have a toned body, "you want to show off your athletic build without looking too masculine," Saboura advises. Two-piece, tankini styles and color-blocked suits like Karina Smirnoff's can break up the body and add shape to your torso. If you want to contrast your athletic body, look for feminine colors and details. Avoid sporty tones like orange, red and blue and opt for girly tones like blush, purple and pink.
Halters, racer backs, one shoulders and classic one piece tank styles like Dania Ramirez's look great on an athletic body type when you want to embrace your muscular build because they play up toned shoulders, arms and backs. "Cut out suits help show off toned abs and add some sex appeal," Saboura adds.
Larger busts require a great amount of support, and styles that enhance cleavage but minimize at the same time. Darker tones are an excellent way to minimize and medium sized prints like the one on Audrina Patridge's suit work well to camouflage, especially when the colors in the print are low in contrast. V-neck styles always minimize a fuller bust and shoulder line because they call attention to the centerline of the body and elongate, therefore a halter style will work well.
"Look for underwire or sturdy cups built into the bust of your suit. Strap size is extra important for you," says Saboura. Still, don'ot be afraid to play with color and ruching, like Sofia Vergara's gorgeous cobalt blue suit that gathers at the bust.
Women with smaller busts should look for dimensional embellishments and details that will fill out and enhance the bustline. Suits with ruffles like Sara Paxton's, prints, fringe, horizontal stripes and lighter brighter colors all work well to call attention and add volume. Padding, underwire and demi-cup styles work the same way a good bra does to pump up the bust.
If you've got a smaller bust, flaunt it! You don't need to worry about annoying underwire and support in your bathing suit. Be daring and try a crochet bathing suit or a one-piece with risqu cutouts. Sam Saboura from YouBeauty.com also suggests, "Halters help to lift and create cleavage for extra curve, triangle styles that gather create fullness and molded strapless or bandeau styles are a great way to add size and shape."