The Bootylicious Babe’s Guide To Swimwear

Styles that will look great from the back

It’s officially summer, which means beach trips and poolside hangs are about to become a regular thing for the next two to three months. Of course, for many of us, it’s always a bit of a struggle to find the perfect swimwear that we feel completely comfortable in. Earlier this month, we put together a guide for the bustier ladies. This time around, it’s all about what to do when you have some junk in your trunk. 

While a high-cut string bikini may not be your friend, there are a number of other styles, cuts, and prints that will flatter or enhance your backside shape. Embrace your bootyliciousness by following the below tips, and click through the gallery to check out some of the cutest styles of the season.

Photo courtesy of Marysia

1. Choose a bottom with more coverage

When you have a little more in the rear, you’ll want to choose a bottom with more coverage. High-waisted bikini bottoms will become your best friend, but really, any bottom that isn’t held together with strings (think: thicker side straps, lower-cut leg holes) will keep that booty in check.

Marysia, Spring Bikini, $148 per piece, available at Marysia.

Photo courtesy of ModCloth

Esther Williams, Bathing Beauty Two-Piece Swimsuit, $89.99, available at ModCloth.

Photo courtesy of & Other Stories

& Other Stories, Buckle Detail Bikini Top, $29, available at & Other Stories; & Other Stories, High-Waist Bikini Bottom, $25, available at & Other Stories.

Photo courtesy of Forever 21

2. Keep the prints toward the top

Look for pieces with solid bottoms and printed tops (whether a one-piece or a two-piece) to keep the attention upwards. Keep in mind, the darker the bottom, the more slimming the effect.

Forever 21, Plus Size Geo Cutout One-Piece, $29.90, available at Forever 21.

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6 Shore Road x UO, Divine One-Piece Swimsuit, $138, available at Urban Outfitters.

Photo courtesy of Zimmerman

Zimmerman, Separates Underwire Bra, $180, available at Zimmerman; Zimmerman, Separates Wide Link Pant, $75, available at Zimmerman.

Photo courtesy of Zara

3. Try a plunging V-cut one-piece

A one-piece with a plunging neckline will draw attention upward, thus away from your booty. Of course, this look works better with tatas on the smaller side, as you’ll have less of a chance of suffering from a catastrophic nip slip. 

Zara, Halter Neck Swimsuit, $29.90, available at Zara.

Photo courtesy of Cocodune

Cocodune, Director Deep V, $182, available at Cocodune.

Photo courtesy of ASOS

ASOS, Bamboo Palm Print Gold Necklace Swimsuit, $52, available at ASOS.

Photo courtesy of Motel

4. Go for patterns that flatter

Angled stripes actually elongate your figure, making you look leaner, therefore enhancing the overall appearance of your butt. Can I get a “Hell, yeah?”

Motel, Venom Swimsuit in Electric Rainbow, $64, available at Motel.

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Free People, Hydra One Piece, $215, available at Free People.   

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Prism, Rockaway Top, $197, available at Prism; Prism, Mahe Bottom, $125, available at Prism.