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No matter what her body type, every woman wants to create a tiny waistline. Luckily, plenty of pieces can help you fake that ideal hourglass shape.
This suit?s vertical pattern creates the illusion of a lean middle, while the adjustable halter ties do wonders for keeping your curves secure.
Opt for a deep V neckline and an empire waist to cinch your middle.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but back fat is a reality (damn you, strapless suits). The key here isn’t to hide it but instead to find pieces that won’t pinch or create rolls. Take solace in these suits that will (fingers crossed) give you the courage to finally ditch the cover-up.
Those bulges you’re noticing are usually symptoms of a top that doesn't fit properly (and cuts across all the areas it shouldn't). Instead, opt for a suit that actually dips low in the back and supports from the side.
Old Navy ($27)
The sheer neckline on this chic swimsuit holds you in up front, while the back?s adjustable closure keeps you tucked in from behind. Bonus: The sewn-in shelf bra and foam cups give you a little lift.
The number one rule for the generously endowed: Go for underwire. Because you’re working some killer curves, stick to a simple silhouette and try experimenting with prints and color.
Don’t be scared. Underwire doesn’t mean push-up. This striped number keeps everything in place and looking perky.
Wallis top ($25)
Got a large bust and a short torso? In other words, are your straps always falling off your shoulders--in the non-sexy way? Look for halter-top suits, like this one from the queen of chest-minimizing swimwear (seriously, she started her line because she has big boobs). This way, you can adjust the straps to keep the girls in place.
So you’ve got quite the derriere, but sadly it looks nothing like Beyonce’s. You’re not alone. Read our tips for scoring suits that enhance--or subtly disguise--your butt.
OK, so this may seem strange, but contrary to popular belief, women with thigh problems shouldn’t wear swimsuits that try to cover them. The little skirt that you think is solving the problem is actually drawing attention to it by cutting you off at the wrong spot. Instead, try a suit with a high-cut leg. It seems jarring at first, but this style actually makes your stems look considerably longer.
The opposite is true if you want to slim your hips. Here?s where a little skirting comes in handy. But there is one rule: No patterns allowed--stick to solids. (This goes for both hip and thigh angst.)
Kenneth Cole Reaction ($126)
Not ready to bare it all? A swim dress, like this adorable strapless guy from Athena, will keep the eye up and flat out hide any creeping cellulite. Sayonara, frumpy cover-up.
So maybe you just had a baby. Maybe you want to draw attention away from your waist. Or maybe you’re just trying to, you know, suck things in. If so, material is everything. And a bathing suit with tight stretch is what you’re after.
Strategic ruching is key when it comes to tummy tucking. Now, we know they’re a bit pricey, but Miraclesuits are made with the crème de la crème of slimming fabrics. Opt for one that brings the eye up.
A busy pattern on a maillot style can also help distract from unwanted bulges. The front and back piping on this suit work to create a slim center.
Badgley Mischka ($96)
All of Boden's swimsuits are made with a supportive lining that keeps things sucked in (so much so that they're even a little hard to get on). Rest assured, once you're in you'll have nothing to worry about except the business of sunbathing.
Bathing-suit shopping: If you’ve ever met a woman who says she enjoys it, it’s safe to say she’s either bluffing or a Victoria’s Secret model. In reality, it sucks...for everyone. (VS Angels, get the heck outta here.)
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Take a peek at our handy guide to finding swimwear that actually flatters (no cutout monokinis up in here). Instead, you’ll find a trove of problem-solving pieces--from the top that lifts to the bottom that disguises, well, your bottom.
Browse through the slideshow and behold the truest form of retail therapy.
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