It’s not easy being a beach bombshell, especially when shopping for the right swimsuit can be a mammoth task. Women everywhere go through their fair share of frustrations when it comes to finding a bathing suit that hugs all the right places, and hides all the flaws. Before you start shopping, you need to know what is your body shape, and what are the cuts that flatter your body most. To help you find your dream swimsuit, we got a few tips from fashion director Josiah Chua and fashion stylist Furqan Saini.

For those who are bottom heavy

“Pick a one-piece swimsuit with a graphic print in small patterns,” says Josiah. “The smaller motif can create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. Or choose a two-piece swimsuit that comes with high-waisted bottoms to elongate the torso, as well as create the appearance of smaller hips.” He adds that a cut-out on the torso, plunging neckline or textured materials can draw the attention away from your behind.

For those with a straight body shape

“Look out for ruffles or padding on the chest to create the illusion of a fuller bust. Likewise, pick bottoms with ruffles or ruched details,” says Furqan.

For those looking to hide a tummy

“Pick a swimsuit with a thicker and sturdy fabric so that it doesn’t cling onto the tummy,” suggests Josiah. “Also, black-and-white prints can also distract the eyes away from the stomach.”

For those with a large bust and narrow hips

“Add volume on the lower half with a peplum or skirt-style or define your waist with cut-outs,” Furqan recommends. “Halter-style tops and off-shouldered swimsuits are great — they make wide shoulders seem narrower. You can also go with a dark-coloured top, and a light-coloured bottom to balance out proportions,” says Furqan.

For the athletic figure

“To highlight the best parts of your body without looking too bulky, try swimsuits that come with sporty elements such as cut-out panels or racerback tops that highlight the back,” says Josiah. “Swimsuits that cut into the neck like a halter can also flatter your build.”

Here’s our list of designer swimwear brands to help you looking sharp poolside.