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Well Suited: The Best Swimsuits for Pear Shapes

A fuller lower body can make it hard to find a suit that fits your top and bottom halves. Here's how you can find bikinis and swimsuits to flatter your lower body and your overall figure.

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Bathing Suits for the Bootylicious

When you're fuller on the bottom than on top, you know how futile trying to find a swimsuit can seem. "If it fits below, it'll sag above," says Michelle Taylor, 34, who had to customize her "before" bikini with scissors.

The Mission: A suit that fits on the top AND the bottom.

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Michelle's Perfect Suit

"Finally -- a bikini that makes my lower half look good!"
Her best bet: a fold-over style bottom with cinching side strings that adjusts at the waist and leg.

Got a body like Michelle's? While boy shorts can make you look squat, an asymmetrical skirt bottom will elongate you. Keep it dark on the bottom with separates or two-toned suits. When choosing a one-piece, look for bandeau styles that offer full bottom coverage.

On Michelle: Badgley Mischka Twist and Shout bikini, $166, neimanmarcus.com

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A Fold-Over Style to Flatter Your Lower Body

Kushcush Carolina bikini, $176, kushcush.com

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An Asymmetrical Skirt for Longer Legs

Trina Turk Tri Wire bra top, $87, and Sash Side bottom, $79, 323-651-1382

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Bandeau Top and Full-Bottom Coverage

H&M multicolored floral one-piece, $30, hm.com

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Twisted Details

Sunsets Brush Strokes banded halter top and twist V-front bottom, $114, shopbkb.com

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A Fun Tankini

Tommy Hilfiger Swimwear tankini top, $71, and bottom, $51, 508-771-4604

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Flirty Skirt Bottoms

Becca by Rebecca Virtue halter top, $74, and skirt bottom, $72, everythingbutwater.com

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More Flattering Swimsuits

Check out our other bathing suit makeovers and picks for every body type.

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Best Suits for Small Chests

Best Swimsuits for Hiding a Belly

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