Best Swimsuits: Sexy But Not Cougar

Clever cut-outs and lingerie-inspired details make for a sultry selection

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Boudoir Bather

Though lace can look tacky, this one’s luxe. Why? Simple tank styling, dense embroi-dery and the opaque nude underlayer. Sizes up to XL.


OMO Norma Kamali, $385;

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Budget Beauty

We’re not naming names, but this lively print is designer quality (the details, the color combo) at a fraction of the cost.


H&M, $15; for stores.

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One for All

The cut and tonality are universally flattering.


Sauipe Swimwear, $425;

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Dare to Bare

Turquoise accents on a white bikini? Too Housewives of Beverly Hills. On subtly textured mocha? Lovely.


Gossip Collection, $74;

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Lingerie Look-Alike

The hook-and-eye detailing is pure underpinning; the fish-scale damask is pure genius.


Lilibon, $276;

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Swim, Italian Style

Support and coverage on both top and bottom in the designer’s signature color weave. We’re in love.


Missoni, $465; 212-517-9339.

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Reptilian Wonder

The snakeskin pattern puts the novelty in animal print, softened here by the seaside hues.


Eberjey, $158;

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Surfing Safari

The earthy tribal print is wearable and very hot this season, with a front peephole that shows just enough.


Vitamin A, $159;

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Nearly Nude

It bears repeating: In ruching we trust. The neutral color will look great with any printed topper.


Melissa Odabash, $227;

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Gold Standard

Side cutouts are übersexy but require an hourglass shape for best effect.


Orchid Label, $90;

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Singular Sensation

So gorgeous, you might as well skip the cover-up.


A.CHE Swimwear, $178;

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Freshly Minted

There are plunge pools and plunging necklines. We like both.


KORE SWIM, $234;

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Mellow Yellow

What are you paying for? Phenomenal fit and fabric.


Eres, $465; 888-656-3737.


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Originally published in the June 2012 issue

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