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The Best Swimsuit for Your Body Type: 2013 Edition


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You'll score flattering swimwear in a snap (talk about a major confidence booster!) when you know what to look for. Just in time for summer, Stacy London, SHAPE's style editor-at-large, and Martina Gordon and Beckie Klein, NYC-based Style for Hire stylists, helped five women find the perfect suit for their body type. Steal their tips to make a splash this season!

BONUS: Catch the behind-the-scenes video from the swimsuit photo shoot for exclusive tips from the stylists.

Full-Figured: Croft & Barrow Suit

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Hourglass figures can look hot in hot pink! A twist-front neckline and all-over ruching enhance the slimming effect of a high-tech shaping suit. Croft & Barrow maillot ($96;

Stacy's styling tip: "A day or two before you go swimsuit shopping, slather on some self-tanner. It will help counteract the green cast in the fluorescent lighting commonly used in fitting rooms and camouflage imperfections like cellulite. Can't bear the torture of baring all in a store? Order a selection of suits and try them on in the privacy of your bedroom. Just be sure to check your rear view in a mirror!"

Full-Figured: Magicsuit Maillot Suit

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The decorative corset visually whittles your middle while the compression fabric does the rest. Magicsuit maillot ($172;

Full-Figured: Freya Swim Bikini

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Real cup sizes and sturdy, adjustable straps hold everything in place. Freya Swim bikini top ($68; and bottoms ($46;

Full-Figured: Swim Solutions Swimdress

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The retro cut of this one-piece provides a little extra coverage and a lot of style. Swim Solutions swimdress ($96;

Large-Chested: Milly Bikini

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Seek out a halter style to lift and support bigger breasts. Milly bikini top ($105; and bottoms ($105;

Stacy's styling tip: "When it comes to swimwear, do accessorize to your advantage. Try a bold necklace to keep the focus on your top half or an armful of bangles to draw the eye lower. To add curves to a straighter frame, consider donning a body chain."

Large-Chested: Mossimo Bikini

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Graphic-print bottoms with high-cut legs bring attention to a lean lower half. Mossimo bikini top ($18; and bottoms ($20;

Large-Chested: J.Crew Maillot Suit

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Look pinup pretty while keeping the girls contained in a suit with an underwire top and ruched panels. J.Crew maillot ($88;

Large-Chested: Cleo by Panache Swimwear Bikini

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Structured, bra-like cups (this brand comes in sizes up to HH!) help defy gravity. Cleo by Panache Swimwear bikini top ($59; and bottoms ($29;

Apple: Spanx Maillot Suit

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Center detailing on this shaping suit creates a vertical line that elongates your torso. Spanx maillot ($198;

Apple: Eco Swim Tankini

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A tankini with a blousy fit skims over—doesn't squeeze!—a pooch. Eco Swim tankini top ($80, and bottoms ($48;

Apple: Gottex Maillot Suit

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Dark-colored sides nip you in at the waist, while a dramatic crisscross design distracts from extra padding. Gottex maillot ($180;

Apple: Seafolly Bikini

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Fake a flat belly with navel-grazing, ruched-front bottoms. Seafolly bikini top ($92; and bottoms ($68;

Pear: Becca by Rebecca Virtue Bikini

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Downplay fuller hips with a striking asymmetrical top. Becca by Rebecca Virtue bikini top ($68; and bottoms ($58;

Stacy's styling tip: "Universally flattering cover-ups are knee-length and cinch just below the bust. They create shape but forgive almost all figure flaws."

Pear: Converse One Star Bikini

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Skirted styles hide trouble spots, while an intricate ikat print keeps the eyes moving. Converse One Star bikini top ($20; and bottoms ($25;

Pear: Anne Cole Control Maillot Suit

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Strategic color blocking and a cleavage-enhancing shirred overlay take scrutiny off your lower body. Anne Cole Control maillot ($124;

Pear: Huit Swim Bikini

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A padded, patterned top with widely placed straps balances a bigger bottom. Huit Swim bikini top ($86; and bottoms ($44;

Athletic: Lucky Brand Monokini

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A suit with a busy print, generous cutouts, and adjustable side ties creates the illusion of sexy curves. Lucky Brand monokini ($108;

Athletic: Splendid Bikini

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Stripes and ties add inches; a pinched center gives a small bust more oomph. Splendid bikini top ($63; and bottoms ($49;

Athletic: Victoria's Secret Bikini

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Flirty ruffles and a girly print instantly soften—and fill out—your frame. Victoria's Secret bikini top ($35) and bottoms ($21;

Athletic: Vitamin A Bikini

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A plunging top and wrap-around straps make the most of your assets. Vitamin A bikini top ($88; and bottoms ($86;


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