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5 Maillot swimsuits under $70

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog etsymay.blogspot.com.

Sunny swim style

Just because you aren't quite up to rocking a bikini doesn't mean you have to settle for a frumpy one piece. Maillot style suits are stylish, flattering and right on trend this summer. Here are our picks for five maillot style one pieces that all cost less than $70.

Daring

If you want to keep your stomach covered while still showing some serious skin, try American Apparel's Nylon Tricot Maillot-V Swimsuit ($45). The suit has a scandalous plunging neckline and a halter style back that looks like a traditional string bikini from behind. It comes in four stunning colors: grape (pictured), cobalt, black and burgundy. For those with more adventurous beach style, American Apparel also offers the same style suit in an exotic zebra print ($54).

Figure flattering

Trim your midsection instantly with Inches Off's Crisscross Maillot ($59.99 for misses, $69.99 for women's at Chadwicks.com). Not only does the suit cinch your stomach flat with "built-in tummy control," but it also creates the illusion of a slimmer waist with its crisscross design. The halter strap detaches so it can be worn strapless as well. This miracle working maillot comes in two chic color combos: black and plum (pictured) and black and white. You'll be hard pressed to find a suit that will do more for your figure.


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