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;

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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;

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Lap Swimmer

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


Speedo, $89;

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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.



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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;

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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;

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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;

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Figure Fixer

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


Delta Burke, $79;

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Tuxedo Junction

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


Simply Maaji Swimwear, $150;

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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; 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;


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Originally published in the June 2012 issue

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