Swimsuit makeover

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Swimsuit Makeover: Alyse, 27
Q: I have an athletic build, but I'm a girly girl at heart. Can you help me find a swimsuit that adds curves?

A: When a suit has enough structure that it looks shapely on a hanger, it's probably going to look great on you! Look for flirty details like peplums, ruffles and molded cups to give curves a boost; halter straps offset wider shoulders.

Before (Left)
Spaghetti straps make shoulders look broader.

"I'm completely straight—no hips at all!"

After (Right)
"The peplum is really pretty and creates a waist, and I love the halter style," she says. "This is the perfect suit—so Marilyn Monroe!"

Red Carter, $180; EverythingButWater.com
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