Jolie Walsh in O Magazine

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If You're Pear-Shaped...

"I used to compromise on an unflattering top or bottom, but now I see that I don't have to," says Jacinda Carlisle, 36, a freelance fashion public relations agent. Thanks to its unique cutaway style, this suit (Tara Grinna Swimwear, $139) accentuates what Carlisle likes most (her small waist) and hides what she's self-conscious about (her hips). It's both sexy and demure—and, as she says, "definitely worthy of a trip to the Caribbean."

Wedges, Jimmy Choo. Flippers, TYR.
H&M one-piece swimsuit with cutout detail

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Great Buy Under $50!

Side cutouts sculpt the midsection in a wearable take on the monokini.

H&M, $25
Swankini two-piece swimsuit

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This bronze tank fits like a favorite shirt; the miniskirt offers thigh coverage.

Swankini, top, $80, bottom, $45;
Carmen Marc Valvo printed one-piece swimsuit

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The dark vertical pattern down the middle effectively narrows the figure.

Carmen Marc Valvo, $139;
Patagonia striped bikini

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Diagonal stripes point out the waist, the narrowest part of the body.

Patagonia, top, $55, bottom, $45;
Kenneth Cole New York ruffled bikini

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Look more proportional instantly with a ruffled top and high-cut briefs.

Kenneth Cole New York, top, $58, bottom, $54;
Jantzen two-piece swimsuit

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This flouncy two-piece plays up the bust and obscures hips and tush like a sarong.

Jantzen, top, $58, bottom, $60;