Best Swimsuits: Athletic But Feminine

Gear up for your favorite beach sport in these figure-flattering swimsuits.

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Zippity Doo Da

Play peekaboo with a few well-placed mesh stripes—and without the worry of a wardrobe malfunction.

 

Karla Colletto, $334; neimanmarcus.com

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Shorts Story

You say you love to play beach volleyball but you don’t like digging out sand? This suit has your name on it.

 

EcoSwim by Aqua Green, $120; shopblums.com

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Lap Swimmer

It’s flattering and super supportive. Ready, set, go! Sizes up to 18.

 

Speedo, $89; speedousa.com.

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Nautical Nicety

So French, it practically comes with a ticket to St. Tropez.

 

Beach House, $87; Dillard’s, 800-345-5273.

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Sports Star

The top’s mesh back and inserts keep you cool, no matter the heat index. Bonus: the periwinkle color. Sizes up to 18.

 

GIRLS4SPORT, $88; girls4sport.net.

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Skin Saver

This high-tech fabric has SPF built right in. (Protecting the rest of your body? Your job.) Sizes up to 26W.

 

Lands’ End, $70; landsend.com.

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Designer Do

Hear this: A bikini with a full bottom is not an urban (or seaside) myth. Sizes up to XL.

 

KennethCole, $130; Macy’s, 800-289-6229.

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Tried-and-True Tank

The graduated color spectrum slims from your rib cage down. Sizes up to 24W.

 

Beach Native,$68; swimsuitsforall.com.

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Form Meets Function

The fit is guaranteed: The top is as adjustable as any bra (straps, closure); the bottom has an interior tie to cinch your hips. Sizes up to XL.

 

Athleta, $98; athleta.com

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Figure Fixer

The midsection zigzag color swath distracts from (and diminishes) your belly. Sizes up to 24W.

 

Delta Burke, $79; swimsuitsforall.com.

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Tuxedo Junction

Perfect for black-tie pool parties—or if you just want a slender silhouette.

 

Simply Maaji Swimwear, $150; theorchidboutique.com.

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Pop of Chevron

The cutest boy-short ever, with self-adjusting pull ties to show off a little, or a lot, of leg. Sizes up to XL.

 

Juicy Couture Swimwear, $174; juicycouture.com for stores. 

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Sleek Shades

The color blocking will do more to slim your middle than cutting carbs. Sizes up to 16.

 

Nautica, $91; nautica.com.

 

Flaunt your shape in our Sexy (But Not Couger) Swimsuit picks.

 

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Originally published in the June 2012 issue

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