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These 20 budget-friendly suits come with fool-the-eye details, hold-you-in panels and more slimming features. That means the best fit ever, no matter what your shape or size. Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
"I'm shy about showing my stomach. It's not as flat as I'd like."
The shirring hides Angela's tummy, and the asymmetrical neckline draws attention up to her face. J.Crew Off the Shoulder Tank, $118; JCrew.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
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Full Middle: Candy Striper
Diagonal stripes lengthen and slim the midsection from bust to waist. Old Navy Striped Keyhole Halter Swimsuit, $29.94; OldNavy.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Full Middle: Back in Black
Crisscrossing swathes of gathered fabric camouflage the tummy. Ann Taylor Wrap One Piece, $108; AnnTaylor.com Photo credit: Erick McConnell
Full Middle: Flower Power
Strategic seams slim the belly. Ocean Dream Signature Garden Path Boy Leg Retro One-Piece, $94; QVC.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
"Yes, I'm a little bottom-heavy, but I don't want to cover up in sarongs."
A retro-style maillot that comes down a little lower elongates Kate's torso and covers her hips. Athleta Siren Bra Cup One Piece, $89; Athleta.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
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Wide Hips: Criss Cross
A faux-wrap-skirted bottom cloaks below-the-waist bulges. LOFT Halter Tankini and Wrap Skirt, $44.50 each; LOFT.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Wide Hips: If You Like Pina Coladas
High leg openings elongate gams. Victoria's Secret Bandeau Top, $52, and Foldover Low-Rise Bottom, $31.50; VictoriasSecret.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Wide Hips: Hips Don't Lie
The patterned top and dark bottom balance a pear-shaped frame. Sonoma Rhythmnation Tankini and Bottom, $39 each; Kohls.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
"I'd love to find a cute bathing suit that gives me some curves."
Zoraya's tankini shows a sliver of skin that breaks up her straight frame. Mossimo for Target Rope Halter Tankini Top, $22.99, and Side Tab Bottom, $19.99; Target.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
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Boyish Build: Lady in Red
How to fake curves: a sweetheart neckline and an itsy-bitsy bottom. Arizona Bow Bikini Top and Bottom, $15 each; JCP.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Boyish Build: Surfer Girl
A solid short puts focus on a chest-enhancing horizontal-print top. Jaclyn Smith Mix & Match Swim, $21.99 each; KMart.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Boyish Build: Ruffle Your Feathers
A ruffled V-neck accents the bust. Old Navy Mix & Match Tankini, $24.94, and Boy-Short Bottom, $19.94; OldNavy.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
"I'm happy with my curves, so why can't I find a suit that's fun and flirty in my size?"
Elizabeth's paisley one-piece keeps the eye moving past any trouble spots. Swim Solutions Paisley Glam Sheath, $94; at Macy's stores Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
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Plus Size: Skirt the Issue
Hide trouble spots with a flouncy skirt and a graphic print. Croft & Barrow Be Tiffany's Bandeaukini, $38 each; Kohls.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Plus Size: Power Player
Gathered sides nip in your middle. Assets Power Suit Push-Up Tankini and High-Rise Bottom, $29.99 each; at Target stores Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Plus Size: Pretty in Paisley
A slimming Lycra/spandex blend. Lands' End Plus Size Slender Paisley Tulip 1-Piece, $155; LandsEnd.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
"Bust support is important to me-I don't want to look saggy on the beach."
Extra-wide straps and built-in molded cups give the bustline a lift. DreamShaper by Miraclesuit Shirade One Piece Swimsuit, $92; QVC.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
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Large Chest: Blue Belle
Minimize your bust; maximize your look. Adjustable halter-neck straps let you customize the level of lift. Unique Vintage Retro-style Swimsuit, $75; UniqueVintage.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Large Chest: Retro Fit
Wide straps for comfy support. Lands' End Beach Living Princess Bikini Top, $50, and Banded Bikini Bottom, $40; LandsEnd.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Large Chest: Polka Queen
The plunging V-neck celebrates ample cleavage. L.L.Bean Summer Harbor Swim Dress, $89.95; LLBean.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Cute Coverup: Cabana Girl
For those walks from beach to boardwalk, try one of these tunics on for size. Each combines a pretty print with clever design elements.
Don't fear the oversize palm print: A tie at the bust cinches in the sides for a shapely silhouette. Nautica Tunic, $83; SwimSpot.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Cute Coverup: Flower Child
A slightly more structured look featuring the season's tribal trend. Capelli New York Tunic, $19.95; eRetailmall.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Cute Coverup: Easy, Breezy
A casually cool print and a bias-cut hem make for easy, breezy style. Echo Graphic Diamonds Butterfly Cover-Up, $48; EchoDesign.com Photo credit: Ericka McConnell
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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