Gray Is the New Black: The One Swimsuit You Need This Summer
The stormy shade flatters every body type.

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;; Shoes, $60;

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

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

small bust swimsuit
Body Type: Small Bust
A shirred top adds fullness.

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

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

Miraclesuit, $150;
plus size swimsuit
Body Type: Plus Size
Ruching provides control—and camouflage.

Sorella Swim, $198;
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;

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