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23 Super-Flattering Swimsuits for Making the Most of What You've Already Got


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Let us be clear that every bod, even one that never left winter mode, is always ready for the beach. But for your own comfort—rather than anybody else's—you might like a swimsuit with a bit more coverage or smoothing technology than a string bikini. Totally fair. Here, the 23 best-ever maillots and two-pieces for any body.

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Wide straps balance out a plunge front so you still get the bareness of a dental-floss top without the dread. 

Zimmermann, $295

BUY IT: net-a-porter.com.


That high-cut '80s bottom might seem daunting, but it can be very lengthening when it gets *just* close enough to front-thong territory.

Triangl, $79

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Smocking = highly adjustable = molds to the shape of you. 

Tory Burch, $230

BUY IT: net-a-porter.com.


What a wrap dress does for your figure on dry land, this eye-catching color-blocked suit will do on other dry land that's near water.

Solid and Striped, $160

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Smells like Cancun, 2009. Wears like a much more well-made crochet set (thicker textures = great for camouflage). 

She Made Me top, $175; bottoms, $210

BUY IT: shopshemademe.com; shopshemademe.com.


Basically, with the single sleeve and crisscross bands, this is visual napalm. Meaning all-around shock and awe.  

Jade Swim, $245

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A one-piece doesn't have to scream "Mom, can you come pick me up from swim practice?" 

Eberjey, $170

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An exposed underwire and shoulder ties combine to make the ultimate pulley system for your belle poitrine. 

Araks top, $175; bottoms; $140.

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Some confidence and maybe a friend to help with the racy lace-up back are all you need. 

Perfect Peach, $189

BUY IT: perfectpeachswim.com.


An asymmetrical neckline distracts the eye (and pulls double-duty as a bodysuit for a night out). 

Mikoh, $218

BUY IT: shop.mikoh.com.


Even with larger busts, the bandeau top will make your friends go "I like what you've done" (true story), while the high waist safeguards against any real or perceived tummy issues. 

Ward Whillas top, $160; bottoms, $170

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A shock-and-awe shade of tangerine compensates for practically anything. 

Proenza Schouler, $340

BUY IT: mytheresa.com.


By a designer who hails from Saint Laurent and Givenchy, this combo creates the effect of a porpoise-smooth, contoured figure. 

Phylyda top, $123; bottoms, $179

BUY IT: phylyda.com; phylyda.com.


Your jaw might be on the floor right now, but wait a minute—the briefs' high straps emphasize the shape of your hips. Although few will get past that top and its cantilevering ties.

Valimare top, $110; bottoms, $110

BUY IT: valimare.com; valimare.com.


Another eye-catching asymmetrical neckline, but wrapped up with a bow. 

Marysia, $350

BUY IT: marysiaswim.com.


The square neck fits like a frame for your...frame; the sharply cut bottoms employ the philosophy of "sometimes showing more skin looks better, even when you think you aren't ready."

Matteau top, $120; bottoms, $120

BUY IT: matteau-swim.commatteau-swim.com.


You know the name La Perla for their miraculous lingerie, so why shouldn't they make equally, shall we say, uplifting swimwear?

La Perla top, $740; bottoms, $485

BUY IT: laperla.com; laperla.com.


With a low back and spaghetti straps, this is why they invented the "Who is she?" meme. 

Jade Swim, $220

BUY IT: jadeswim.com.


Hit 'em with a special strapless neckline and a tropical print.

Fleur du Mal, $245

BUY IT: fleurdumal.com.


Especially useful if your left side was always the only one with any better ab definition.

Flagpole Swim$385

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Recalls Richard Simmons in an epic way. 

Beth Richards$250

BUY IT: mytheresa.com.


How smart is this convertible set? The top is boned for support, and the bottoms fold over for when you've de-bloated. 

Eres + Véronique Leroy Mark, $485

BUY IT: net-a-porter.com.


Sportif styling for pretending you've been within spitting distance of a stationary bike since last year. 

Acacia top, $112; bottoms, $104

BUY IT: shop.itsnowcool.com; shop.itsnowcool.com.

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