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Holiday swimwear
White House Black Market | Pret-a-surf | Merona | Carmen Marc Valvo

There's nothing better than a holiday vacation on the beach...and nothing worse than trying on a stack of swimsuits in a too-brightly-lit dressing room. Luckily, this season brings plenty of flattering suits for every figure and budget. Here, our picks for the best:

Carmen Marc Valvo's swimwear is as glamorous as his red-carpet-ready gowns, and this one piece ($139) is no exception. The elegant shade of gray flatters just about every skin tone, and its softly gathered fabrics hides a multitude of sins.

Merona's maillot suit ($35) uses similar ruching to conceal any extra holiday pounds; the streamlined silhouette particularly flatters larger sizes. Just throw on a pareo and some designer shades and you're ready for a poolside lunch at a five-star resort.

Tankinis are the perfect compromise if you love bikinis but want more coverage. This one from White House Black Market ($82) is great for larger cup sizes (the halter's extra-supportive) and is finished with chic ring hardware.

And if you prefer a classic bikini, try this vintage-inspired Pret-a-Surf number ($280). The high waist and delicate ruffles are quietly concealing ? and sweetly feminine without feeling overtly revealing.

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