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Well Suited: The Best Swimsuits for Pear Shapes

  • Karen Pearson

    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.

  • Karen Pearson

    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,

  • Bryan McCay

    A Fold-Over Style to Flatter Your Lower Body

    Kushcush Carolina bikini, $176,

  • Bryan McCay

    An Asymmetrical Skirt for Longer Legs

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

  • Bryan McCay

    Bandeau Top and Full-Bottom Coverage

    H&M multicolored floral one-piece, $30,

  • Bryan McCay

    Twisted Details

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

  • Bryan McCay

    A Fun Tankini

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

  • Bryan McCay

    Flirty Skirt Bottoms

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

  • Karen Pearson

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