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The Sexy One-Piece
Q: I'm not quite comfortable in a bikini. Is there such a thing as a sexy one-piece?

A: Absolutely! A figure-flattering style with sheer panels gives an enticing peek of skin without baring too much.

bare necessities swimsuit

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The Chic Suit With Extra Support
Q: All the larger-busted suits I see look so grandmotherly. Where are the cool styles that won't leave me spilling out?

A: More and more brands are creating swimsuits by bra size, so start there. This tropical one-shoulder suit provides all the coverage you need, while the thick strap and underwire add extra support.

Fantasie Swim, $125; (available in cup sizes 32D to 38I)

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A Shapely Solution
Q: I want a suit that flatters my athletic build. Any suggestions?

A: It's all about shapes here. A sweetheart neckline (complete with molded cups) and a high-waist bottom create an hourglass shape, while a halter neck softens shoulders. The color blocking helps, too—horizontal stripes around your hips add curves.

Arizona, top and bottom, $36 each;

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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; (available in sizes 10 to 18)

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

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

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Post-Op and Pretty
This very fetching postmastectomy bikini lets you hit the beach with confidence thanks to higher underarm seams, adjustable straps and hidden breast-form pockets.

Sunflair, $140;

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Take the Plunge!
A deep V neckline is red-carpet glamorous and draws the eye in, so it's slimming and stylish.

From left: Sophie Theallet for Lane Bryant, $128,; $58,