Be the apple of any eye.
Apple shapes generally have a larger upper half with broad shoulders and large breasts for the size of their frames. Avoid low-cut tops. Swimsuits with high necklines and thick straps flatter you. Look for a suit with good support at the top. A great built-in bra helps.
Ideal for you: the tankini
Pear it down to size.
If you have a small upper body and larger hips and thighs -- and tend to gain weight on your bottom half -- you're a pear. Try swimsuits that are color blocked to focus the eye on the center of your body. Keep colors dark at the bottom and lighter on top to draw attention away from your problem area.
Ideal for you: Boy shorts or swimsuits with a flirty flounce of a skirt
Round up a flattering look.
If you have a wide waist and larger breasts, and you carry your extra weight in the tummy, you're considered a round shape. Many women fall into this catagory due to the natural changes in their bodies after childbirth and as they age. Prints and patterns distract the eye, so go as bold as you dare. And try high-cut legs to elongate your entire torso.
Ideal for you: One-piece swimsuits with built-in stomach control panels
Throw a curve ball.
If your top size matches your bottom size, and you have a well-defined waist with proportional hips and breasts, lucky you: You're a curvy hourglass. You can wear any style that you want, and choose any color that flatters your skin.
Ideal for you: A swimsuit in any style that's comfortable
Lifeguard your shape.
If you're slim and trim, with small bone structure and slight curves, you're a slim/athletic type. The bikini was made for you. Halter tops and skinny straps work well for you, too.
Ideal for you: A solid-color bikini with strategically placed padding