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Big Girl in a Skinny World: Your Summer Swimsuit Survival Guide

Nicolette Mason rounds up the best swimsuits for every shape and size.

Remember when woman with curves were forced to choose between uninspired black one-pieces and shapeless swim dresses? (Can you imagine?!) These days, there's no reason you can't find well-constructed swimsuits in the same daring colors, kicky prints, and sexy silhouettes that your size 6 friends romp around the beach in. So skip the poorly lit fitting room and check out my picks for the season's absolute cutest swimwear, all available up to size 24 (some even higher). Now return the favor and snap some surfside selfies, will you? Follow me on Instagram at @NicoletteMason—same handle on Twitter!

1. For the water baby who loves to turn heads, it's a suit and cover-up in one! SWIMSUIT (up to size 24W), $188; Monif C. Plus Sizes; monifc.com

2. HAT $50, Lauren Ralph Lauren; ralphlauren.com

3. BIKINI TOP (up to size 40K), $59

4. BAG $1,495, Charlotte Olympia; charlotteolympia.com

5. SWIMSUIT (up to size 24), Carmen Marc Valvo; swimsuitsforall.com

6. All the benefits of a bikini—but with coverage. Saturated pastels are oh-so-major this summer. BIKINI TOP (up to size 40K), $59, SKIRTED BIKINI BOTTOMS (up to size XXXL), $46, Panache; herroom.com

7. TANKINI TOP (up to size 2X), $112, BIKINI BOTTOMS (up to size 2x), $54, Becca Etc by Rebecca Virtue; everythingbutwater.com

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