Horizontal stripes have a reputation for being hard to wear, and this tankini (left) on Michele Whitty shows why: They draw attention to the exact areas you are trying to hide. Still, stripes (right) can be flattering if they are thick and angled, and in neutral colors like black and brown.
Bonus: Bathing Beauty
You've probably noticed that our beach makeovers left these women not only better dressed but with overall gleam and polish. Here's the beauty backstory.
Smooth: Unless you aspire to be a Girl Gone Wild, moisturize and control hair with sun-protective creams (for manic curls) or sprays (for fine, straight types).
Color: Apply tinted moisturizer with SPF and lip balm with UVA/UVB protection, in soft, Gidgetesque colors like pink or peach, which work with almost any skin tone.
Define: Skip shadow and liner on the beach—they can look overdone in direct sunlight.
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