Slim Suits! Your Body's Best Bathing Suit Ever
Flattery Law #1: Color-Block Your Bikini
Mixing two different, punchy solids is fun and body-friendly: Just wear the darker shade where you want to look slimmer. Proving our point on these pages is model Erin Tinsley, who is a gorgeous size 14--same as the average American woman.
Bikini, Lands' End, top, $50, bottom, $35; landsend.com. Sizes: top, 2 to 16, bottom, 2 to 18. Pink bracelet, Rosena Sammi, $49.99; rosenasammi.com. Blue bracelet, Wanderlust + Co, $28; wanderlustandco.com.
Flattery Law #2: Look for Retro Details
A sweetheart neckline creates pinup-worthy cleavage while still giving plenty of support.
One-piece, Old Navy, $39.94; oldnavy.com. Sizes: XS to XXL. Sunglasses, KamaliKulture, $98; kamalikulture.com.
Flattery Law #3: Go Strapless
The brilliance of this elegant suit? It draws attention up to the shoulders, a beautiful spot on everyone.
One-piece, Anne Cole Signature, $96; bonton.com. Sizes: 6 to 16. Necklace, Tiffany Chou, $54; tiffanychou.com.
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Flattery Law #4: Find a (Sultry) Skirt
Extra coverage is fine, but skip any skirt that hits more than an inch past your bum.
Bikini, Guria Beachwear, top, $74, bottom, $63; guriabeachwear.com.br. Sizes: XS to XL. Bracelet, Tiffany Chou, $130; tiffanychou.com
Flattery Law #5: Pick the Perfect Ruffle
A frill down the front is all the flourish you need to feel stylish but still look sleek.
One-piece, DKNY, $112; Lord & Taylor. Sizes: 6 to 16. Hat, Merona for Target, $14.99; target.com.
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Flattery Law #6: Bare a Single Shoulder
One-shouldered suits are seductive without going skimpy. One-piece, Kenneth Cole, $107; amazon.com. Sizes: S to XL.
Classic Pear Shape
It smooths the midsection and highlights your shoulders.
"The sweetheart top makes my neckline look really pretty." --Mariella, 28
VINEYARD VINES, $115; VINEYARDVINES.COM. SIZES: XS TO XL.
This has an uplifting top and a tummy-friendly waistband.
"It's the ideal bikini if you're not super-skinny." --Jane, 40
BLEU ROD BEATTIE, TOP, $75, BOTTOM, $49; AMAZON.COM. SIZES: 4 TO 14.
Small Bust + Full Thighs
Stripes fill out the top half and balance the bottom half.
"This plays up my shoulders, and it's great for my legs." --Cassie, 36
Ann Taylor, top, $64, bottom, $58; anntaylor.com. Sizes: XXS to XXL.
Long Torso + Tummy Pooch
Color-blocking fakes perfect proportions.
"I love how the darker sides make me look skinny in the middle!" --Leora, 36
HOBIE, $50; HOBIESURFSHOP.COM. SIZES: S TO XL.