Ann's swimsuit flatters her figure.

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Ann Carletta, 44
Before: "When I bought this, I was still in a 'fat' state of mind," says Ann, who dropped 65 pounds six years ago. Her suit is too loose, too elderly—and the skirt doesn't work as camouflage (more fabric on hips actually adds inches).

After: "No more grandma suits!" says Ann. Wide-set straps balance her proportions by visually expanding the upper body; narrow stripes add shape at the waist and moderately high-cut legs streamline her thighs (Gottex tankini, $162).