lea-lorien alomar

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Solid colors may seem like a safer bet, but take a chance on these modern patterns. "Work graphic prints—especially in darker color combos—to your advantage," says O's creative director, Adam Glassman. "Even horizontal lines can be flattering if worn the right way."

Body Type: Plus Size

Lea-Lorien Alomar, 34, Songwriter

Fit is key for Alomar, who recently lost 55 pounds. "The suit can't cause side spillage or muffin top," she says.

The Solution: A tank with a thigh-covering overlay she can tie up or down.

Magicsuit by Miraclesuit, $176; Macy's; 800-622-9748. Shoes, Stuart Weitzman, $385; 212-750-2555.
athletic swimsuit

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2. Body Type: Athletic
Graduated stripes add interest to a basic suit.

Joe Fresh; $24. 212-764-1730.
big bust swimsuit

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3. Body Type: Big Bust
Comes with removable straps in case you need more support.

La Blanca, $109; Soma.com

pear shape swimsuit

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4. Body Type: Pear Shape
A black bottom minimizes your lower half.

Red Carter $130, Macy's; 800-622-9748.
small bust swimsuit

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5. Body Type: Small Bust
Contrasting chevrons give the illusion of a bigger bust.

Sunsets top, $64, and bottom, $56; BestSwimwear.com

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6. Great Idea: Giejo Swimwear
Featuring tops and bottoms with fresh, distinctive prints and fashion-forward silhouettes, this new, NYC-based line is all about mixing and matching. Bonus: You won't find anyone else on the beach in your suit.

From top, clockwise: Top, $96, bottom, $88, bottom, $76, bottom, $86, and top, $98; shopgiejo.com

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