Need an honest friend in the dressing room? We've got you covered: Watch our tips and tricks to make sure you zero in on the
most flattering fit, the first time around.


ElisElise: Hi, I'm Elise, the editor in chief of Today we're going to talk about finding the right bathing suit for your body shape, which as we all know can be an excruciating process.

We're here at Old Navy, because when it comes to a wealth of styles, trends and shapes at amazing price points, this is the mother ship. Before we hit the racks there are a few things to keep in mind.

One. You're going to want to bring multiple sizes into the dressing room so you're not running around in a bathing suit looking for a different size.

Two. If at all possible bring an honest friend. That way they can take pictures of you from all sides, because dressing room lighting can be really tricky. It's the best way to get a good idea of what you really look like in that bathing suit.

Make use of that three way mirror. If you're not comfortable enough in the suit to leave the dressing room, then you're not going to feel comfortable enough on a beach to actually wear it.

Finally, keep an open mind, because a bathing suit shape you've been wearing all these years might not actually be the most flattering. Let's get started.

First, if you have a large bust that you'd like to play down, you want to choose a suit that has the attributes of a bra. Don't go for a triangle top. Go for something that has underwire or a thick band here. You don't want to be falling out on the beach.

Now, if you want to play up your chest you want to choose a suit that either has a really eye-catching pattern like this one, or go for something that adds actual volume, like a ruffle. This is going to make you look more defined, but it doesn't actually look like padding, which is key.

If you want to down play your tummy, you're going to want to go for either a one-piece that has really well placed draping. As you can see with this one, it's supper flattering and it has a built in skirt. Or go for a tankini, which has the same effect.

The key though, is to make sure that you buy one that's large enough that it just glances off your curves and it doesn't hug them. Otherwise it will have the reverse effect. It will make you look bigger than you actually are.

If you want to downplay your hips, choose a suit like this. It has a neutral solid bottom so that is generally going to be more flattering than a print. Then, make sure it hits right at the right point of your hips so you are not bubbling over it. We want to make sure that it's the right size and not too small.

Most importantly, you are going to actually build out your shoulders by choosing a top with a halter. It's going to make you look a little wider, so if you're pear-shaped, it's going to add to that hour glass shape.

If you have a sporty and boyish body and you want to add curves, then go for string bikini in a striking pattern like this one. The eye is going to be drawn right to that part of your body. It's going to make you look sexy, sexy, and more sexy.

Finally, they may have a reputation for being matronly, but not so. Every woman should have a great one piece in her arsenal. Not only do they provide coverage, but they can be really flattering and actually sexy. So, on that note, I'm going to the dressing room.

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