The ultimate guide to finding your perfect swimsuit

The bad news? The paparazzi snapped these celebs in some unfortunate swimwear. The good news? We’re helping you learn from their mistakes to find your most photog-friendly, figure-flattering beachside look.

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By Christine Laroche

Flat chest



Photos: KEYSTONE Press

Kate Moss famously said that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, but we’ll take pizza over her too-svelte look any day. That itty-bitty, stringy top is definitely not helping her maximize her curves! For any tiny-on-top figure, you’ll get the most flattering look by giving your bust a boost, which doesn’t have to mean padding: Try some frills, a print or even beading on top.

Be Creative

Aqua Di Lara

Winners

Baltex

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No-waist



Photos: PacificCoastNews.com/Scope Australia

We’re betting that seeing this photo of herself brought Ke$ha way back down from feeling like P. Diddy. And you know what? Her body can’t take all the blame. That high-cut, retro brief – as trendy as it may be! – simply doesn’t work on most body types. If you have a straight-up-and-down body à la Ke$ha, look for ways to create the illusion of a waist, like an A-line top or a low-rise, scoop bottom. Finally, fear not the one-piece: Anything with detailing at the waist, be it cutouts or graphic bands, will help whittle your waistline.

Fantasizer Suit

Baltex

Winners

Gottex

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Athletic



Photos: KEYSTONE Press

Whether you’re a fierce professional like the impossibly muscular Serena Williams or just working towards your Gym Rat badge on Foursquare like yours truly, an athletic build can look a little bit too bulky in a skimpy bikini. Quick figure fixes? Go for the ultra feminine – draping, ruffles, florals and even a balconnet-style underwired top are all your friends.

Winners

Winners

Gap Body

  • $36.95 the top and $34.95 the bottom
  • XS to XL
  • 1-800-GAP-STYLE
  • www.gapcanada.ca

La Vie en Rose Aqua

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Curvy petite



Photo: KEYSTONE Press, Splash News/Fred Montana

Since subdued and sophisticated simply aren’t in Snooki’s vocabulary, we totally understand that she chose to step out in this metallic-meets-lace-meets-leopard-print cutout number. But if you share her petite physique but not her lack of style savvy, you might want to go a slightly different route. Try a petite-specific one-piece for maximum coverage, or choose mix-and-match separates to get the best fit possible.

Kenneth Cole Reaction at The Bay

Lolë

Be Creative

Shan

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Hourglass



Photos: KEYSTONE Press

Did Josie Goldberg borrow this top from a 5-year-old? Did she have a laundry-shrinking situation? Either way, this super-cropped top – with its bizarre shape and non-existent support – is doing her voluptuous figure a world of disservice. If you’re blessed with a va-va-voom figure, choose a supportive top (bonus points for an underwire) and a bottom with a waistband that will emphasize that teeny-tiny waistline.

Silouhette Solution

Gap Body

  • $36.95 the top and $34.95 the bottom
  • XS to XL
  • 1-800-GAP-STYLE
  • www.gapcanada.ca

Fantasizer Suit

Kenneth Cole Reaction at The Bay

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Big boobs



Photos: KEYSTONE Press

Thanks to a broad band and substantial straps, Penélope Cruz gets all the support she needs – without sacrificing style, natch. Remember that most of the weight of your breasts is held by the band, so make sure it’s nice and snug (especially since it will stretch when wet). A built-in bra keeps your cleavage looking decidedly divine, while ruching at the waist hides any pesky tummy troubles.

Be Creative

Gottex

Chic by Change

  • Top $58
  • Bottom $24
  • Top 30 to 38 B to H
  • Bottom XS to XXL
  • www.change.com

Faith21

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Curvy



Photos: startraksphoto.com/Albert Michael

While Kim Kardashian does indeed look fierce in her teeny-tiny bikini, it’s a little more grrr than gorgeous. The fix? Flaunting her dangerous curves in a fits-like-a-glove, ultra sophisticated one-piece. Play up those perfectly proportioned assets with feminine frills and a look-at-me hue. A classic triangle halter top and low-slung, full-coverage bottoms are perfect for your glamazon bod. Bring all-out sophistication to the beach or pool in this elegantly sexy style, complete with built-in bra.

Shan

Kenneth Cole

Baltex

DKNY

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Skinny



Photos: KEYSTONE Press

In this frankly quasi-impossible-to-wear unlined halter bandeau, Kate Hudson’s girls look a little droopy. A properly fitted triangle top with horizontal stripes? Voilà: pretty and perky! Moulded cups make this bandeau top totally wearable, while stripes make it superbly flattering. Choose a classic cut with a twist, like this timeless navy number with bonus frills. Opt for a one-piece with cut-outs that curve in at the waist to emphasize an itty-bitty middle.

Be Creative

Baltex

Winners

H&M

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  • All silhouettes

  • <a href="&article=1&page=1″>Kate Moss – flat chest

  • <a href="&article=1&page=2″>Ke$ha – no waist
  • <a href="&article=1&page=3″>Serena Williams – athletic

  • <a href="&article=1&page=4″>Snookie – Curvy petite
  • <a href="&page=5″>Josie Golberg – hourglass

  • <a href="&article=1&page=6″>Penélope Cruz – big boobs

  • <a href="&article=1&page=7″>Kim Kardashian – curvy

  • <a href="&article=1&page=8″>Kate Hudson – skinny

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