By Alexis Parente
Updated: Aug 13, 2015 @ 11:24 am

When it comes to swimsuit season, all any petite girl wants to do is grow five inches over night. But since that's not an option, the next best thing is to find a silhouette tailored to a smaller frame. Unlike our taller counterparts who somehow manage to look even taller in a one-piece, the same doesn't always apply to us. And while bikinis tend to be more forgiving, some silhouettes are far better than others. Below, shop our favorite one- and two-pieces that not only fit, but flatter.

Shop One-Pieces


Although this poppy-print suit doesn’t show off a ton of skin, it comes in petite sizes that are sure to fit the proportions of girls under 5’3".

Topshop, $68;


Here is our chance to cheat the one-piece. From the front, it looks like a bikini, but from the back, it's a strappy one-piece—the perfect way to elongate your figure with killer detailing.

Mikoh, $208;


This suit might just be the holy grail of cut-outs. Put your figure on display with these side shapes and elongate your torso with a deep V.

Mara Hoffman, $231;


If you're more looking for something a bit more conservative—but still incredibly chic—consider this your go-to piece. The waist-wrap detailing will accentuate your shape without revealing too much.

Lisa Marie Fernandez, $370;

Shop Two-Pieces


Give the athleisure look a try with this sporty halter silhouette. Its high neck adds a few more inches to the torso.

J. Crew, $40-$44;


Another sporty look to add to your closet. Color-blocking mimics the contour of the body, which defines curves.

Flagpole Swim, $390;


The keyhole accent shows off a little more skin, which again achieves our body-lengthening goal.

Eres, $450;


Corset-like lines spotlight your petite frame.

Triangl, $89;


Everyone needs a classic itsy-bitsy triangle bikini in their swim wardrobe. Bonus: These stripes won't overwhelm your small frame.

Solid & Striped $80 each piece;

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