A. Lots of women have the same question, and here's what I tell them to look for: dark colors; built-in inner mesh for tummy control; and ruching, ruching, ruching. These three suits fit the bill:
Clockwise, from top left:
1. Vertical detailing elongates, and strong Lycra holds you in.
Bleu/Rod Beattie, $113, Dillard's; 800-345-5273
2. Navy side panels are visually slimming.
3. A wrap design makes you look ten pounds thinner.
La Blanca, $113; amazon.com