How to Find the Best Swimsuit for Your Body Type

The process can be a little daunting when it comes to finding the perfect swimsuit for you. So, we enlisted Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, to help! Read below for her quick tips on finding the right swimsuit for your shape.

“Let’s face it – while the prospect of warmer days or a sunny vacay is always exciting, so many of us dread heading to the fitting room with an armful of bathing suits to try on. The trick to making your shopping experience a good one is to remember a few helpful tips!”

1) Be confident.
“Shopping for a swimsuit should be a fun, exciting, shopping experience. Shop for swim when you are feeling good, and remember, your swimsuit is an expression of who you are. You should feel confident in the style, size and print you choose!”

2) Shop your right size.
“This is important in everything you buy, but for swim, it is even more so since there is no covering it up. You will always look better, slimmer and more confident in the right size, even if it’s a size larger than you want to be wearing. BTW – size is just a number! Forget about what that little tag says, and choose the size suit you feel best in.”

3) Shop your best style.
“Not every style works best for every body type. Know your body and learn what makes you look and feel your best. Is it a teeny bikini bottom or hi rise? Is it a padded top or underwire? Try them all and be honest with yourself when it comes to knowing what works best on your body type.

Keeping these tips in mind, it’s time to take your body shape into account.

Let’s be clear – every BODY is beautiful, no matter what shape or size it comes in. Celebrate your unique shape by choosing a suit that shows off your favorite assets, and flatters your less favorite ones. Then it’s time to have some fun with print and color, to reflect your personality and the real you!”

Ready? Let’s do this! Find your body type below to hear Jenny’s fit recommendations for you.

Flat like a surfboard

Top to bottom, straight and narrow

Find the Best Swim for Your Body Type

“If you have an athletic build (straight and narrow, up and down), there are many styles you can wear and look great.  If it fits your personal style, get adventurous with trendy pieces that look great on your build and emphasize curves for balance.

I love crop bikini tops and hi-rise bikini bottoms, especially in a fun mix and match combo. The top shows off great shoulders and a strong back, plus the bottom gives you a curvy, retro inspired look.”

Curves & waves 

Curvy in all the right places

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“Own your curves and show ’em off! Adjustable styles that provide a little extra wiggle room are your friend.

A triangle bikini top and a side tie bikini bottom is a classic combo. These have a lot of adjustability, so tie as loose or tight as you need, and move the triangles to fit you perfectly. A matching print, like this cute bandana pattern, is a great way to keep your curves balanced without drawing too much attention to top or bottom.”

Treasure chesty

You’ve got some girls, girl!

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“Creating a little balance with your look can help even out your top. The first tip is to try a solid color on top and a fun print on bottom. This draws the eye down, and balances out your chest area.

Choose a style with underwire support to give the girls a little boost. I also like a top that provides fuller coverage, like the Daisy Bandeau Bikini Top. Bonus – the Daisy is lightly lined, which provides coverage without too much extra padding!

As for the bottom, go with a classic bikini or a mid rise bikini bottom in a really fun print.”

Hula hips

Pear-shaped and proud of it

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“Let’s emphasize your top half to give you a curvy look all over. A print on top with solid bottom is a great way to do this. Any extra strappy or embellished detail, and bright colors and prints will help draw the eye up as well.

The Charley bikini top is fab for your shape. Charley provides just the right amount of lift, and curves your girls inward to create a round, full look. This up-top attention will balance out your bottom half.

The Sky Hi Rise bottom is a great option if you’re looking for a little more coverage. You get so much bang for your buck with this type of convertible style – It goes from a skirt, to a mid rise, to a hi rise, all in one!”

Ship-shapely

Full-figured and fab

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“Full figured girls can wear any style bathing suit. More curves do not mean more coverage necessary. Just don’t forget to rock your choice with confidence! My one guideline? Gravitate to smaller prints and solid colors, and look for styles that emphasize your feminine curves.

I love the Retro Halter Bikini top for its amazing shape and support. The halter neckline is very flattering and creates a great curve at the bustline. In terms of bottoms, a hi-rise bikini bottom gives great coverage with flattering details. The ruching slims the hips and the flat panel down the front slims the tummy. Can’t go wrong with a small print like a micro-stripe!”

SPF: small petite frame

Small and mighty!

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“Petite is just about height, not about body type. If you are petite, you need to figure out first if you are curvy, bigger on top or bottom, or more of an athletic build. Then you can select a suit style that suits you best. In general, I recommend monochromatic colors for petite ladies to build a longer look. Leg openings with a higher cut, like classic bikinis, side ties, and hipsters are great to elongate the leg!

I love a scoop bikini top and hipster bottom for petite frames. They are the perfect amount of coverage without overwhelming your figure. Looking for a little push in the cups? Try the Perky Triangle Bikini top! Looks like the classic triangle, but with extra oomph.”

Everyone under the sun

Just like a suntan, this looks good on every body

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“A tankini or one piece is a great option for all body types. This is a personal preference! If you feel less self conscious with a little more coverage, go for it. Open backs and fun details make a one piece or tankini look as cute as any bikini!”

Now you’re ready! You’ll have the cutest bikini on the beach with Jenny’s tips. Always remember: there’s no such thing as a perfect beach body. The real you is sexy!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Booty Talk! A Guide to Choosing the Best Undies

Big booty? No booty? Curvy? Flat? Every girl, and every body, is different — and that includes you and yours! Your personality, everyday activities and just the way you feel about things (at any given moment!) all shape your decisions about what clothes you like to wear, from top to bottom.

Although it’s easy to dismiss undies as just a garment you slip on before choosing your outfit, the best pair — best for you, that is — is more revealing of your personality than you’d think. Undies come in a wide range of cuts and styles, each with its own pros and cons. Which one is right for you?

If you’re feeling undie-whelmed by all the options, Aerie is here to help! Use this guide to help you personalize your search for undies. Take our fun quiz, then read more about the undies that fit you best!

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Thong: Nothin’ but cheek! This is the most revealing style available and is great for fashion-forward girls who love body-con dresses and skinny jeans — but not panty lines. Super-soft stretch cotton and a low rise make our thongs extra comfy, even if you haven’t tried this style before.

Cheeky: If you’re not ready to go full cheek but are looking for less coverage than a bikini, cheekies are a great compromise. These undies offer just a peek of cheek, giving you a hint of sass. (Want to go a little further? The mini cheeky shows even more cheek while still offering more coverage than a thong.)

Bikini: Are you a classic kind of girl? The bikini will never go out of style, and for good reason — it provides a comfortable amount of backside coverage without sacrificing any cuteness. In a wide range of pretty prints and lace trims, this is a great choice for the girl who values a practical wardrobe but still wants a sprinkle of flirty, feminine style.

Boyshort: Looking for a pair of undies that can do double duty? Boyshorts offer a low rise but no cheek peek, and keep you covered from a flippy skirt on a windy day to lounging around the house and catching some zzz’s. All you need is a pair of boyshorts and some knee socks for an insta-lounge session after work or school. Underwear for loungewear. How easy is that?

Girly Short: If you’re a boho kind of girl, make your underpinnings match your free spirit by choosing the Girly Short style. These ultra-romantic undies have all the coverage of a boyshort but are made entirely of feminine lace.

Boybrief: So you’re wanting a little more than a bikini but not quite feeling the boy or girly short? The boybrief is a great option, serving up just the right amount of backside coverage. It’s a great choice for the sporty girl who has no time to worry about wedgies! And for those who want to fine-tune things just a teeny bit more, consider the Mini Boybrief, which keeps your curves in place but allows just a hint of cheek to peek.

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Whether you have a beach trip in the works (Spring Break anyone?) or you’ve been dreaming of soaking up some sun, it’s officially time for Aerie Swim. Bikini or One Piece, Classic or Retro, we’ve got you covered! Undecided? You can Mix & Match until you’ve found the perfect combo.

Megan from Lush to Blush took her favorite #AerieSWIM to Hawaii for a romantic getaway and it’s safe to say we’re in love.

Meet Megan:
Megan Elliott is the creator and blogger behind Lush to Blush. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers, and has been a vegetarian for seven years. On her blog, she explores fashion, lifestyle, and all things lovely.

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

What Inspired Megan’s Look:
“These photos were taken at the beach at the Koa Kea resort we stayed at for a couple nights. The whole place was so nice and absolutely perfect for our romantic getaway to Kauai. I wore my retro style aerie bathing suit and as I ran into the water, I totally felt like Allie from the Notebook! I really really love the flattering style of the top and the high rise bottoms. I felt totally happy and comfortable with my body, which is not common for me when I’m in a bikini. But this style fit my body perfectly and I had so much fun running around on the beach and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. After a day full of beach fun in this bathing suit, I think the retro style has become my favorite.”
Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Get Megan’s Look: Retro Halter Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Show off your #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! Share your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL.

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How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Let’s face it, it’s never easy saying goodbye to summer. It’s like saying au revoir to your favorite Aerie bra. No one REALLY wants to do it, but there comes a time when it must be done.

So we figure, why not have one last hurrah? We’ll tell you how to make your end of summer party the one your friends will be talking about all winter long. Yes, we said the ‘W’ word. Too soon? Ok, maybe a little.

First and foremost, you’ll need the perfect Aerie bikini. After all, you should be the life of the party, right?

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Our Bridget Bikini Top and Hi-Rise Hipster Bottom definitely fit the bill. Between the soft foam padding and silky stretch nylon, you’ll be comfortable enough to wear this number all night long. And did we mention how much we love this floral print? Adorbs.

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Once you’ve decided on the perfect suit, be sure to pick up a few layering essentials. Our Swing Tank, Fleece Shorts and Henley Popover are perfect to throw on after a quick dip in the pool. And don’t forget to grab your favorite pair of sunnies and a worn in baseball cap to help keep the rays at bay.

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!And what party would be complete without yummy snacks? Take full advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather by indulging in our favorite summer staple, s’mores. Ok, so we may be a week late on National S’mores Day, but really, who’s paying attention?

Gather all your friends around a mini bonfire, grab a bag of marshmallows, and start roasting to perfection! xo

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#AerieREAL Spring Break – Cancun Cutie!

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Cancun Cutie!

Hey, cutie! What are you packing for your Spring Break destination? Whether you are packing for a tropical trip or keeping it local, we have the top 5 must-have items and tips for your getaway!

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

Cancun Cutie!

1. Rock the cutest bikini on the beach! Shop for a suit for your body…and your adventures! Whether you are the type to start the pool party with a cannonball and a splash or happily soaking up the sun in peace and quiet,  your suit needs to match! Try our Brooke Island Paisley Print Bikini for support and a great fit. Trying to avoid tan lines? You’ll love our royal blue Crochet Center Bandeau Bikini.

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

2. Mix and Match – With over 700 ways to mix and match your favorite fits, we make it that much easier to find the perfect suit! We recommend to pack 2 suits so that you can alternate on the beach each day.

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

3. Keep It Cozy – It’s called Spring “Break” for a reason…you deserve this much needed vacation! Our Lightweight Skinny Sweatpants can be the perfect sleep pant or beach cover-up. And, they fit perfectly in your suitcase, leaving you room for more bikinis!

Plus, we recommend packing at least 1 lightweight sweater for the cooler nights. It can serve as a super cute beach cover up during the day, too!

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

4. The Beach Cover-Up – We took our favorite trend of the season and turned it into a delicate beach cover-up. For pretty perfect boardwalk style, pack our Mediterranean inspired, embroidered Drop Waist Dress.

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

5. Shade Those Eyes With Style – Whether you grab your favorite Floppy Wide Brimmed Straw Hat or Aviator Sunglasses, be sure to protect your skin and eyes! Don’t forget that suntan lotion, too.

Show us what’s in your suitcase and tag your pictures on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!

Bon Voyage!

xo,

Aerie

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