Go ahead, take the plunge - these figure-fixing styles streamline, support, conceal, and contour to boost your body confidence all summer long.
Trick #1: Flirty Flourishes
Yes, the full-coverage, forever-classic one-piece can still make waves. Just check out the flirty flourishes on this universally flattering trio, including, from left, a cleavage-accentuating adjustable neckline, bust-booster pads, and waist-whittling side shirring. A few tips to help you find the right cut for your body type: a high cut leg gives you a leaner line; a low-dipping scoop neck balances out a broader bottom half; and a crisp graphic print draws the eye away from full hips or a belly bulge.
From left: Magenta one-piece, $76, Talbots. Blue one-piece, $126--$128, Aerin Rose. Polka dot one-piece, $88, Christina.
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Trick #2: Pintuck Pleats
Don't draw a line in the sand against a two-piece until you've tried this forgiving fool-the-eye combo. Less baring than a bikini, the torso-disguising top is detailed with strategically placed pintuck pleats that cleverly conceal your middle. Bonus: A sophisticated shade of steel gray is a welcome break from black.
Tankini top, $43, and bottom, $33, Gap. Hat, Calypso St. Barth for Target. Bracelets, Ben-Amun
Trick #3: Diverting Details
Look stunning as you're sunning in styles embellished with diverting details like, from left, a tankini's front-and-center pattern, a tortoiseshell square on a one-piece's bodice, and a tunic trimming of intricate gold. Shopping tip: Black panels bordering a print visually narrow your midriff.
From left: Tankini top, $74, and bottom, $32, Panache. Necklace, Nikki B. Black one-piece, $103, Hermanny by Vix. Earrings, Jessica Elliot. Tunic, $113, Hermanny by Vix. Necklace, Kevia.
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Trick #4: Flaunt Your Curves
The no-sweat solution for ample assets? Emphasize 'em, with this pair of pinup-worthy, shape-showcasing stunners. Celebrate curves, left, with this cobalt blue beauty's sweetheart neckline and shirred bust. And the polka dot maillot goes glam, right, with decorative buttons at the décolletage. Halter styling helps shoulders appear broader, evening out a pear shape.
From left: Tankini top, $89, and bottom, $48, Tommy Bahama. Sunglasses, Dana Buchman Sunwear. Earrings, sonyarenee. One-piece, $104, I.f. by It Figures! Sunglasses, Kate Spade Sunglasses.
Trick #5: High Spandex Content
Thanks to this supportive, slenderizing suit, you can take a few extra pounds in stride. The top's pooch-control panel contours your middle, while the suck-you-in spandex subtracts inches from all over. Sturdy shoulder straps stay put during surf-splashing water sports.
Tankini top, $61, and bottom, $45, Athena. Earrings, Satya Jewelry.
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