5 Tricks for Finding a Slimming Swimsuit

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 d├ęcolletage. 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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