swimsuits for plus size women

Photo: Ben Goldstein/Studio D and Peter Rosa

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Q: "Do I need to avoid color and prints if I'm plus-size? I don't want to limit myself to black or navy."

A: Absolutely not! You can embrace color and patterns. Just use them wisely. Contrast piping is one way to create interest and direct the eye in a flattering way; ruching and wrap details are slimming, too. You want to keep prints on a small scale, or choose suits that use them as accents. I'm crazy about ready-to-wear designer Sophie Theallet's new swimwear collection for Cacique at Lane Bryant. Her unique color combos and high-fashion draping flatter all sizes.

On model: $130, lanebryant.com

Right: Top, $90, and bottom, $60; lanebryant.com