There is nothing more classic and chic than a simple, elegant and totally flattering polka-dot bikini. Thanks to J.Crew's essential swim pieces complete with retro high-waisted bottoms and underwire top, you'll be a sight to see on the beach or in the water.
This suit is flattering on almost any body type for its classic design — especially hourglass-shaped women. (J.Crew, $50-54)
In more recent years, Victoria's Secret has branched out of the bedroom to master the art of summer bikinis, and they sure have a lot to choose from. Some of our favorites from the Victoria's Secret Very Sexy collection are their new twist bandeau top and cheeky hipkini bottom. The twist bandeau accentuates the top half while the hipkini keeps the bottom half in check, while adding a little sexiness with glimmering O-rings as side ties. Perfect for petite, rectangle-shaped ladies to give an athletic body type a feminine flair. (Victoria's Secret, $49-55)
Oh the power of illusion. Who would've thought ordinary lines could create a look that draws a form-fitting figure. This bikini highlights diagonal lines, creating an effect that draws eyes inward instead of outward, thus making a slimmer appearance. And with its fun colors, you certainly won't have a problem donning this swimsuit at any beach or pool party. This style is great for hourglass and petite-figured females to lengthen the leg area. (O'Neill, $17-$22)
Here's the thing about ruffled swimsuits. Most women think all the frills and fluff equal a one-dimensional poof, but actually, ruffles in the right areas can accentuate our best assets without the self-conscious guilt trip. This suit features a ruffled top and high-waisted ruffled bottom in a lightly colored and fun feathered design to highlight a woman's figure. This swimsuit is ideal for pear-shaped women, but is beautifully crafted to serve all body types. (Nordstrom, $60-68)
If you're not completely comfortable showing off your mid-section, consider this sassy alternative that plays up your shape without losing the integrity of a more conservative style. Perfect for those who opt to not expose the middle area yet still like to show a little skin. (Macy's, $87)
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