40 best swimsuits 2022: Flattering swimwear for all body shapes

Investing in the best swimsuits will help boost your confidence this summer. Here are our favorite picks.

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With an incoming heatwave, it's time to get your best swimsuits out and catch some rays. From poolside glamour to beach-ready looks, or simply relaxing in your garden, the best swimsuit for your body type will boost your confidence immeasurably. 

The first swimsuit outing of the season can be nerve-wracking, but if you're looking for a sure-fire way to boost your body confidence at the beach, then investing in well-fitting swimwear is a great start. The best swimsuits can be as flattering as shapewear and as supportive as your best bra. And with a host of exciting and new swimwear trends, 2022 has a style for everyone. When it comes to sizing, it's key to remember that bathing suits will expand in the water, so if you're going to swim, rather than just soak up some rays, you might want to opt for a style that's properly fitted, or with extra secure fastenings to stop any wardrobe malfunctions. However, don't forget that fitted, doesn't mean too tight and when trying on swimwear or any kind, there should be no straps digging in or pinching underwire, as comfort will also help you feel confident in your chosen style.  

The best swimsuits come in all different guises and whether you embrace the color for a directional look, or opt for a classic black iteration that will never date, ultimately, selecting the best swimwear is a very personal purchase. Silhouette is key to creating a flattering fit and as with the best underwear, fabric that lifts, tucks and skims will give you a streamlined shape.

Best swimsuits for each body type: Our fashion expert-approved guide 

Here are the very best swimsuits for each body type. We recommend you set aside an evening to go on a swimwear cyber search and get excited about feeling the sun on your skin - you’ll feel positively fabulous once you’ve found the right one piece for you. Even better, all of these styles can be tried on in the comfort of your home.

Best swimsuits for: plus size

The best plus size swimwear is now very much mainstream and while a decade ago you may have struggled with fashionable options, finding the best swimsuits for fuller figures has gone mainstream, meaning it's easier than ever to find something you love. Cut and fabric are really important, as you will want something that feels secure. Not all plus size women have larger busts, but if you do, look for the best swimsuits with built-in bust support.

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Good American Always Fits One-Piece

Best plus size swimsuit

Specifications

RRP: $89 / £84
Sizes: XXS-5XL

Reasons to buy

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Fabric stretches and shrinks with your shape
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Super comfortable 
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Timeless silhouette

Reasons to avoid

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No in-built bust support

Owned by Khloe Kardashian, we love Good American for its size-inclusive products. From the best jeans for curvy women to great swimwear, this American clothing brand promotes comfort and confidence. This all-in-one stretches according to your size while keeping its shape, promising that you won't have to purchase another one if you find your weight fluctuates. With rave reviews from shoppers, it comes in 14 color-popping shades, offering a dose of dopamine dressing for the season. The textured fabric skims over your body rather than stretches taut for extra flexibility, although it does lack in-built bust support, so if you usually need one of the best bras for larger busts, you might need a swimsuit with more structure. The hot pink hue is ideal for discovering what is Barbiecore this summer, while the simple '90s-inspired design, however, will never go out of style.

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Best swimsuits for: pear body type

Pear-shaped bodies carry most of their weight on the bottom half. To balance out your hips, opt for a swimsuit with extra detailing on the top half. Ruffles, particularly at the shoulders, will widen your top half to help balance out a curvy bottom. Block-colored bottoms and printed tops will again help to create a more balanced silhouette and draw eyes to a narrowed waistline. 

Pour Moi Capri Stripe Frill Hidden Underwired Swimsuit

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Pour Moi Capri Stripe Frill Hidden Underwired Swimsuit

Best swimsuit for pear body types

Specifications

RRP: $72 / £45
Sizes: S-4XL

Reasons to buy

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Color block design
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Good size range
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Discreet shelf support

Reasons to avoid

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Not in bra size

This swimsuit flatters in all the right places and is a go-to for pear shapes. The timeless polka dot design and ruffle detailing adds interest to the top half whilst the block color bottom offers clever slimming effect, enhanced by the secret support and sculpting panelling. It boasts a discreet shelf inner to help support your bust line for a great fit. The mono-color palette means this look will be wearable every summer and is a must when deciding what to pack for a beach vacation. Team with your best beach bag in a bright color to give a nod to the handbag trends 2022.

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Best swimsuits for: strawberry body type

Strawberry body types are broader on the top, with narrow hips and slender legs. To balance your silhouette, opt for plunging necklines, as they draw the eye downwards, creating a longer and leaner body shape. High-cut swimsuits meanwhile help to show off pins but are also a speedy way to lengthen legs as it reveals a larger proportion of thigh, giving the appearance of a longer silhouette.

Melissa Odabash Palermo Yellow Ribbed Swimsuit

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Melissa Odabash Palermo Yellow Ribbed Swimsuit

Best swimsuit for strawberry body types

Specifications

RRP: $260 / £248
Sizes: US 2-12 / UK 6-16

Reasons to buy

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On-trend one shoulder
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Premium fabric
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Removable pads

Reasons to avoid

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Higher price tag

If you’re looking to invest in some luxury swimwear that lasts, you can’t beat Melissa Odabash’s designs. This pared-back one-piece oozes understated elegance with its premium rubbed texture and buttercup hue. The asymmetric design instantly lengthens a silhouette, drawing eyes up and off above your shoulder, rather than straight across, breaking up broader top halves. There are removable pads and an under bust panel for an extra boost and added support. Team with raffia accessories and delicate gold jewellery for a pool party look and remember to cold hand wash only to keep it in top shape. If yellow is not your jam, it’s also available in classic black and Baywatch-ready red.

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Best swimsuits for: athletic body type

Athletic or rectangle body types are categorized by their straight-up-and-down frame. Suited to almost any type of swimwear, if you're looking to add curves to your frame, then ruching, ruffles, bold prints and cut-out details help to give the illusion of fuller curves.

Zimmermann Pattie Cut Out Frill

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Zimmermann Pattie Cut Out Frill

Best swimsuit for athletic body types

Specifications

RRP: $375 / £325
Sizes: US: 4-10 / UK: 8-14

Reasons to buy

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Statement ruffles
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Designer style
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Summer colors

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

An athletic figure can benefit from statement ruffles and this design from Australian swimwear brand, Zimmerman really pulls out all the stops. With flouncy frills and a punchy floral print, it’s flirty, feminine and guaranteed to get you noticed. The cut out detail will help accentuate a waist too. Carefully crafted from Italian lycra, it fits like a dream, with a self-tie closure at the back. Just add a floppy hat for an enviable beach-ready look.

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Best Swimsuit for: hourglass body type

Hourglass body shapes tend to have a small waist and well-balanced bust, shoulders and hips. To that end, when looking for the best bathing suits for an hourglass, it's all about opting for designs that highlight your curves. Wrap shapes, belts and cut-out details at the midriff all help to highlight your silhouette. 

Evarae Cassandra belted two-tone stretch-ECONYL swimsuit

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Evarae Cassandra belted two-tone stretch-ECONYL swimsuit

Best swimsuit for hourglass body types

Specifications

RRP: $385 / £285
Sizes: XS-L

Reasons to buy

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Belted waist
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Sustainable fabric

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

One of the best sustainable swimwear brands, this Evarae belted one-piece not only looks incredibly chic but it helps to highlight your waist and show off your hourglass figure. The belt cinches in a middle, drawing the eye down and centrally to the narrowest part of your silhouette. With a cool color block design and retro finish, this bathing suit is made from stretchy sustainable ECONYL. A worthy investment, the simple yet sleek design will stand the test of time.

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Best swimsuit for: apple body type

If you usually shop for the most stylish dresses to hide a tummy, then it's likely you're an apple body shape, carrying most of your weight around your middle. If you're after the best swimsuits to skim and sculpt your midriff, then you'll benefit from the increasing number of tummy control swimsuits available on the market, that work in a similar way to shapewear. Ruche detailing across the midriff also helps to subtly disguise a midriff if that's the part you're most conscious of. 

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Simply Be Padded Underwired Swimsuit

Best swimsuit for apple body type

Specifications

RRP: £24 (UK only)
Sizes: 34C-44F

Reasons to buy

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Larger back sizes
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Timeless monochrome
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Illusion panel design

Reasons to avoid

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Not by dress size, so confusing fit for larger sizes

An illusion panel swimsuit will elongate your frame and skim a stomach in an instant. Using clever block coloring on the sides and a monochrome printed central panel down the middle to lengthen and flatter tummies. With underwired and padded bust cups and a great range of back sizes, this is a great option for plus size apple shaped bodies. The adjustable straps will help with fit and bust lift. 

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Best swimsuits for: bigger busts

When it comes to swimsuits for bigger busts, support is everything. For a spot-on fit, choose swimwear that's available in bra, not dress sizing, as this automatically suggests that the cut has taken bust size and support level into the design. Not all bathing suits are supportive enough for bigger busts, so to stay comfortable, try one with wired cups. They'll provide plenty of lift and create a flattering shape too.

Bravissimo Kenya One Piece Swimsuit

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Bravissimo Kenya One Piece Swimsuit

Best swimsuit for big busts

Specifications

RRP: $124 / £62
Sizes: 30-40, DD-L

Reasons to buy

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Great size range
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Hidden bra support
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All-day comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Clasp can be tricky

Bravissimo is your one-stop-shop for swimsuits that are supportive and stylish. This has heaps of top reviews from customers who highly rate its comfortable fit making it easy-to-wear from dawn till dusk. It’s non-padded and features an underwired inner bra support hidden under the fabric for a subtle uplift. The classic zebra print design never fails to stay on trend. Team with denim cut offs and the best sandals on and off the beach.

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Best for: smaller busts

Even the best bathing suits have a frustrating habit of flattening your bust, making an already small chest look even smaller. Boost yours with swimwear with padded inserts, a low scoop neckline or additional detailing at the top such as oversized ruffles, which will add fullness and curves in an instant.

Eberjey Loreta Textured One-Piece

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Eberjey Loreta Textured One-Piece

Best swimsuit for small busts

Specifications

RRP: $194 / £215
Sizes: XS-L

Reasons to buy

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Super comfortable 
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Statement ruffle at the bust 
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On-trend color

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

Not only are Eberjey swimsuits super stylish but they deliver on the technicals too offering UPF+ sun protection. Ruffle necklines add a feminine touch and help give smaller busts a boost. The textured fabric contours your curves effortlessly and feels super soft against the skin for round-the-clock comfort. Available in cool khaki or soft lilac, team with one of the brand's dreamy beach cover-ups.

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