We sifted through hundreds of suits and picked out the hottest new trends, in styles for every figure.
Color blocking and athletic details are a winning combination.
Forget solid tanks made for swimming laps: The hottest suits this season have sporty details—zippers, racing stripes, bold bursts of color—that are meant to be seen. "Color blocking really does work on every figure," says O creative director Adam Glassman.
Jennifer Harrison Newman, 41, Dancer
Body type: Athletic
Newman wants to look shapelier, yet sleek.
The solution: A tank that adds curves without bulk.
Flirty prints and feminine silhouettes—what's not to love?
"Choose the retro elements that flatter your shape," says Glassman. "Higher-cut bottoms elongate the legs, while well-placed ruffles can camouflage everything from a smaller bust to larger thighs." And remember: A good polka dot never hurt anyone.
Erin Hiatt, 38, Executive Assistant
Body type: Small bust
"I'm smallish in the boob area," says Hiatt. "I'd like to perk it up."
The Solution: A saucy one-piece in va-va-voom red.
Florals, tie-dye, and tribal prints shine in eye-catching brights.
Island- and surf-inspired prints are riding a wave of popularity this season, especially in colors that pack a Hawaiian punch. "These pinks, purples, and fuchsias flatter almost every skin tone," says Glassman.
Emma Zaks, 29, Spin Instructor
Body Type: Big Bust
"I always feel like I'm falling out of my top," says Zaks.
Suits get bold with stripes, chevrons, and all things geometric.
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 Glassman. "Even horizontal lines can be flattering if worn the right way."
Lea-Lorien Alomar, 34, Songwriter
Body Type: Plus Size
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.
The stormy shade is the new black—and just as flattering.
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 Glassman. "And with so many options, from pale gray to slate to pewter, it's easy to find the right shade for you."
Stephanie Dorr, 25, Caterer
Body Type: Pear Shape
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.