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This is the perfect time to break out of your black-suit comfort zone with gray, the freshest color of the season. "It's superchic," says O creative director Adam Glassman. "And with so many options, from pale gray to slate to pewter, it's easy to find the right shade for you."

Body Type: Pear Shape


Stephanie Dorr, 25, Caterer

Bigger on the bottom, smaller on top, is Dorr's figure concern.

The Solution: Wide-set straps and jewel detail draw attention away from the lower body.

Carol Wior Swimsuit, $120; CelebrityOnAir.com; Shoes, $60; WantedShoes.com

athletic swimsuit

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2. Body Type: Athletic
Tie the lace-up sides to the most flattering length.

Inca, $275; Breeze, Brooklyn, 718-376-2557

small bust swimsuit

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3. Body Type: Small Bust
A shirred top adds fullness.

H&M top, $15, and bottom, $13; HM.com for stores

big bust swimsuit

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4. Body Type: Big Bust
Has underwire and three times as much spandex as the average suit.

Miraclesuit, $150; Cyberswim.com
plus size swimsuit

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5. Body Type: Plus Size
Ruching provides control—and camouflage.

Sorella Swim, $198; Shop.SorellaSwim.com
caftan

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6. How to Wear a Caftan
"You don't want to look like you've given up—so glam it up," explains Glassman, who says a caftan can easily go from a beach cover-up to evening cocktails with a few minor adjustments. "Pair it with wedges, bangles, and a belt to define your waist. You want to keep it from wandering into Mrs. Roper–land."

Natori, $190; Natori.com

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