Lifestyle Style If You're Curvy ... Beach babes like Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Mischa Barton and more show off their enviable curves in tiny bikinis – now you can, too! Experts and stylists weigh in on the hottest suits to flaunt your fuller figure. By Andrea DeSimone By People Staff Published on May 22, 2008 08:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 28 CONTRASTING SIDES INF Kim Kardashian shows off her curves in a Le Doux bikini while cooling down in Cabo San Lucas. “Having the bottom sides in a different color slims out her hips, which is good for the pear-shaped girl,” says Chris Barreto, couture swimwear designer of Brasil Segredo, about the bold suit choice. 02 of 28 TWIST-FRONT HALTER VO/JN/Flynet Britney Spears showed off her new bikini body in a J. Crew twist-front halter and full white bottoms. Swimsuit designer Ashley Paige, of TLC’s Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust, says twist-tops like Britney’s are “better for bigger bosoms because [the halter] provides support and brings ‘the girls’ together.” 03 of 28 KNIT BIKINIS courtesy ashleypaige.com Avoid bikini bulges with a loose-weave knit suit. While conventional lycra-based swim fabric can grip and create bumps, a woven knit lies over the body. “The continuous lines on this type of constructed swimsuit guide the eye around the body to make you look long and lean,” says Paige, who uses the technique for her custom-made suits. 04 of 28 CONNECTED TWO-PIECE Jae Donnelly/INF Not afraid to show off her famous curves, Kim Kardashian turns heads in her connecting two-piece while hanging out in Monaco. De Mello says this style works for the curvier girl because “the straight connecting piece acts as a vertical line and provides a direct contrast to curves, dramatically accentuating them.” 05 of 28 POLKA-DOTTED ONE-PIECE courtesy Bluefly.com Go retro in a bold polka-dot one-piece! Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More, recommends playing up curves in this flirty print. “All eyes will be focused on your suit, and your curves will take center stage.” Smaller dots will give the illusion of being smaller all over – a great way to camouflage. 06 of 28 BELTED BOYSHORTS courtesy Kateboutique.com Give the boyshort some added glam with a flattering belt. “Boy briefs with a belt detail even out the body’s proportions and can be very, very sexy,” says De Mello. A pair like these So De Mel Gariella bikini briefs can help give the behind a flattering shape and elongate the torso. 07 of 28 TWIST-FRONT ONE-PIECE courtesy Jcpenny.com Hide a tummy with a twist-front one-piece. The knotted detail creates the illusion of a smaller waist and tighter midsection. 08 of 28 CUT-OUT HALTERS Pacific Coast News Having a big bust can be a problem in a keyhole-style halter, but Katherine Heigl makes it work in her bright pink number. “The top actually provides a lot of support and coverage, and the circle cutout adds sex appeal – functional and sexy!” says Sonia De Mello, designer of So De Mel Swim. 09 of 28 FULL HALTER Will Binns/Pacific Coast News Just because you’re bigger on top, doesn’t mean you can’t wear a sexy halter! Cheryl Burke makes the style work with thick halter straps and a fuller cup. The added material offers more support and helps soften broader shoulders. 10 of 28 THICK-TIE SIDES courtesy Target.com If you are curvy, don’t rely on tiny strings to hold your bottoms together. Opt for a complete bottom with tie-detail that won’t cause any unnecessary bulges between the leg and torso. 11 of 28 HALTER ONE-PIECE Kadena Pix/Bauer-Griffin No need to cover up with a float – flaunt your curves! Queen Latifah flatters her full figure with a floral halter one-piece. The halter gives extra support to a large bust and shapes natural cleavage for a sexy look. 12 of 28 SKIRTINI courtesy Lizclairborne.com The skirtini not only hides a tummy, but hides troubled bottoms too. Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More, says, “Choose a skirted bottom that covers your butt and thigh area with a solid color, and pair it with a top that has a pattern to draw attention away from the bottom.” 13 of 28 SWIM DRESS courtesy Eddiebauer.com This isn’t your grandma’s bathing suit – the swim dress has gotten a chic update with new flattering patterns and shapes. Concentrate on dress length when picking your style. “To minimize the thigh and butt area, go longer,” says Pomeroy. “To highlight your butt and thighs, choose a short dress.” 14 of 28 STRING BIKINIS INF The pop star celebrates her curves in a barely-there Roberto Cavalli bikini. “Less fabric is always best, no matter what your body is,” says Sade Lythcott, designer and co-founder of Lunazul Swimwear. “Triangle tops are great with lots of jewels and patterns to distract [from bottoms] and keep eyes up.” 15 of 28 RETRO SUIT courtesy Urbanoutfitter.com Flatter all your curves in a ’50s-inspired retro suit. Lower leg lines conceal hips while structured torsos offer support for fuller bustlines. 16 of 28 SHIRRED ONE-PIECE courtesy Neimanmarcus.com If you want a little extra tummy control and a waistline that is more distinct, this is the suit for you, suggests Pomeroy. Take into consideration your chest size when choosing a top. 17 of 28 BRA-TOP Bauer-Griffin The newlywed plays off her curves in a skimpy tie-bottom yellow bikini while relaxing deckside on a yacht. The bra-top helps add balance to a full figure in a string bottom, while the jeweled pattern and bright color distracts from any trouble area. 18 of 28 JEWELED TOPS courtesy Couturecandy.com Go glam! Jewels and bright colors draw the eyes up to an enviable bustline, instead of putting the focus on a bigger bottom. 19 of 28 PRINTED TRIANGLE TOPS courtesy Frenchconnection.com For pear-shaped woman looking for a little balance, Neila Granzoti Rudden, designer and owner of DiNeila Brazil, suggests a printed top to enhance the bustline. Add a solid bottom to visually balance your proportions. 20 of 28 SEXY BOTTOMS INF The reality star flaunts her centerfold shape in a skimpy Sassi bikini. Malia Mills, designer and owner of Malia Mills Swimwear, agrees that less is definitely more. “Whether you’ve got curves or not, tie-sides, ring sides and skimpy sides are best to celebrate your shape.” 21 of 28 TIE SIDES courtesy Oldnavy.com Show off your curves in tiny tie-side bikini bottoms! “Covering up is way too obvious you are hiding something,” says Lythcott. And the ties allow you to adjust the bottoms to just the right fit for your curves. 22 of 28 RUFFLED TRIANGLES courtesy Target.com Ruffled bottoms can be tough for curvier girls (more bulk on bottom!), but a discreet ruffle along the neckline will help contain ample cleavage while keeping the eyes up top. 23 of 28 HIPSTER BOTTOMS Splash News Hips are sexy, and Jennifer Love Hewitt isn’t afraid to show it! “Low-cut bottoms that sit straight across your hips are a hot way to show off hips,” says Mills. 24 of 28 HIPSTER BOTTOMS courtesy Bluefly.com Don’t hide what you have! A retro low-cut hipster bottom is a sexy way to show off your hips. Go for a slimming black if you want to conceal, or a bold print to make the most of your womanly curves. 25 of 28 BLACK SUITS courtesy Neimanmarcus.com Want the most flattering two-piece possible? Conceal troubled areas in a black bikini. Rudden says, “Dark colored bottoms help you look slimmer.” 26 of 28 ONE-PIECES courtesy Spiegel.com One-pieces are back! Celebrity stylist Shane Cisneros says, “Try to find a halter-style that has a twisted gathering toward the midsection. The halter will support your bust, while the twisted gathering will define your waistline.” 27 of 28 LINGERIE-INSPIRED SUITS Will Binns/Pacific Coast News The actress has the right idea in her Betsey Johnson lingerie-inspired bikini. Mills suggests bigger-busted women should “look for seaming to give you shape, and lingerie details like boning and sturdy lining to give you support.” 28 of 28 BRA TOPS courtesy Newport-news.com Don’t try and conceal a large top with a flattening bandeau top. Go for support and comfort in a bra-top bikini, which can even help decrease the size of bigger busts with the correct fit.