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Middle Management
We're dispelling the myth: Patterns can be flattering. These clever suits really do slim your midsection.

From left:

1. Lycra Xtra Life spandex + shirred fabric
Miraclesuit, $168; Bonton.com (available in sizes 10 to 18)

2. Strategically placed vertical panels + power mesh lining
$79; SwimsuitsForAll.com (available in sizes 10 to 24)

3. A tiny print + flattering diagonals
PB Sport, $89; ShopBlums.com (available in sizes 8 to 18)