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30 Swimsuits to flatter your body type

Kristin Larson is a nationally published writer on fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment. She has written for MSN, Real Simple, Women's Wear Daily,, and Besides writing, her other passions...

In the swim!

Looking amazing in a bathing suit is all about flaunting your assets -- sexy shoulders, toned abs or lean legs -- and playing down your weaknesses. Swimwear for a big booty, skinny legs or curvy hips allows you to suit up for the beach in style. Here are 30 styles that will flatter your body type.

To play down curvy hips

Look for longer skirted styles and slenderizing details like shirring which visually whittle away pounds.

More: Swimsuits for curvy body shapes

In the swim!

13. Michael Kors halter one-piece swim dress ($132) Wearing a loose fitting suit doesn't translate to sacrificing style. This black beauty will keep you stylin' all summer while the skirted top slims your hips.

14. LL Bean empire swim dress ($84) Go for a style in a bright color for an extra eye-catching element. Here, LL Bean's swimwear style offers the perfect blend of cute and classy. (Shown above).

15. Nautica dot print swim dress ($69) You've gotta love all-over polka dots in the summer. Plus, these straps are adjustable and the dress silhouette will slim your hips down in size.

To give boyish hips some curves

Look for body-hugging styles in bright colors, prints and different textures.

More: Swimsuits for athletic body shapes

In the swim!

16. Betsey Johnson Swan Lake Bikini ($52-68) A girl can always rely on Betsey Johnson for a catchy combo of bright colors and bold patterns. She dares to be different and always adds bits of flare to her designs like this ruffled, black and white bikini.

17. Tommy Bahama halter swim top and hipster bottoms (top, $74, bottom, $44) Tommy Bahama is always full of classic designs that render happy, beachy feelings of paradise. These hipster bottoms, with the help of texture and pattern, have a cut that will lend you some curve. (Shown above).

18. Ralph Lauren sport bikini (top, $58 bottom, $40) Even though it sports some draping ruffles, this suit remains fairly simple in style while still flattering your figure.

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