Swimsuits: Best Buys

Good news: flattering fits and slimming styles can be had for a song.
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Green with Envy

Ruching is the key to a great fitting suit. The vintage-style bottom provides a little extra coverage and a lot more style. Jantzen Vamp One Piece Swimsuit, $98; macys.com
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The Deep End

A one-pieces doesn’t have to mean dowdy. Chose a plunging neckline to frame the face. La Blanca Swimwear Roman One Piece Plung, $82; swimnsport.com
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Alright Black & White

Specially made with fabric designed to help keep you cinched in, this black and white croc pattern is full of style. Trimshaper Tank 1pc, $59.99; jcpenney.com
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Up Top

Thick tank straps scream swim team. A strapless top shows off your collarbone and resists looking matronly. Kenneth Cole New York "Going Greek" Bandeau Swimsuit, $98; dillards.com
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Jungle Boogie Body

It’s not jungle fever that’s got you all worked up! This suit’s empire waist and keyhole closure are worthy of some wild devotion. Leilani "Belize Jungle" Luxe Halter Swimsuit, $88; dillards.com
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Ready for White

Forever devoted to the slimming powers of all-black? We hear you, sister. Mix it up this swim season with white trim. Nautica Nautica Swim, $88; belk.com
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Preppy in Paisley

String bikinis seem too stringy sometimes. This halter cut gives more coverage, while still showing off your physique. J.Crew Palermo Paisley dart banded halter top, $46, side tie hipster, $44; jcrew.com
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Navy Baby

Play with the nautical trend this summer with light gold stripes, less harsh on the eyes (and figure) than striking contrasted colors. Old Navy Women’s Metallic Striped O-ring Bikinis, top $19.50; oldnavy.com. Bottom, $19.50; oldnavy.com
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Old Trend, New Shape

Old-school Hawaiian print might not look too chic in your husband’s closet, but on you, it’s a different story. For a fresh spin, try it in a beach-bound bikini. Old Navy Women’s Bandeau Halter top $16.50; oldnavy.com. string-bikini bottom $16.50; oldnavy.com
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A Golden Oldie

Showcase your waist, and curves, with this cleverly constructed suit. The retro style might be in, but we really love this one for its added coverage. Lane Bryant Retro One Piece Swimsuit, $99.50; lanebryant.com
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Two Timing

Long, camisole-style tanks and skirted bottoms provide good coverage with a feminine spin. SONOMA Life & Style Scroll Swim Separates, top $24.99, Skirtini Bottom $24.99; kohls.com
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Sport ‘n Sun

Everything stays in place with an athletic-inspired suit. The racerback top and full-coverage bottoms on this suit will let you move freely. Athleta Bohemian Paisley Bikini Top $44; athleta.com. Side Tie Bottom $49;"athleta.com":http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=740046
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Black & Blue

Vivid blue leaves and thick black banding are quite the team in this two-some. 2Bamboo Printed Banded Halter Top $44.20, skirted hipster bottom $39.65 macys.com
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Savvy in Stripes

The drawstring style of this triangle top allows for customizing coverage, a smart option that gives you more when you’re active, less when you’re lounging. Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Adjustable Triangle Top $15, low rise bottom, $14; victoriassecret.com
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Not-So-Basic Black

Every women should own an LBS (little black suit, of course!) We love the deep V of this cut. Gap Essential halter one pieces, $58 gap.com
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Pink and Purple Haze

A pretty band and blooms at a bargain price? Bingo. Jaclyn Smith floral print one piece, $17.99;"kmart.com":http://www.kmart.com:80/shc/s/p_10151_10104_027B018651160001P?vName=Clothing&cName=Women%27s&sName=Swimwear&prdNo=13&blockNo=13&blockType=G13
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Style Lies

This one-piece, posing as a twofer, is a good option for breaking up the monotony of a suit without risking unwanted exposure. Lauren by Ralph Lauren printed halter. $77.25; macys.com
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Ready to Roar

Tap into your animalistic side this summer with a leopard skin suit. Norma Kamli Leopard Key hole Bandeau maillot, $15;"walmart.com":http://www.walmart.com/ip/Norma-Kamali-Women-s-Leopard-Bandeau-One-Piece/13377418
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Hail the Swimsuit Queen

Designer Norma Kamali has done it again: Her genius styles are now available at prices fit for the masses. Norma Kamali one shoulder dot maillot, $15 walmart.com
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Chain Gang

Stand out in this style, with sleek chain straps replacing regular fabric. Yup, the bling is built in. Spiegel chain-strap maillot, $49; spiegel.com
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Strong & Stylish

Shapewear suits don’t have to look industrial. The added embellishments on this two-piece make it easy to forget that the bottoms are made with "power mesh." Shape Fx Concealing skirted halter suit, $49.99 spiegel.com
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Ebony and Ivory

We’re all for trying an optical illusion when it comes to swimsuit shopping, and white is figure-friendly when wrapped around slimming black. Spiegel two-tone wrap suit, $29; spiegel.com
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Buckle Up

Decorative buckles give this suit a sexy feel, while a wide band and full seat makes sure you avoid showing more than you intend. BECCA red banded halter top $49.99, tab side hipster bottom $44.99;"everythingbutwater.com":http://www.everythingbutwater.com/browse/products/becca/bungalow/36557+819897+423.html
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Workout Ready

For stroking and not sunning, pick a sensible tank-style suit like this easy-to-wear black. Athleta Jet Set Figure 8’s One Piece, $74;"athleta.com":http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=46670&vid=1&pid=739152&scid=739152002

Classy Cut

Evoke classic bathing beauties in this vintage-inspired, square-neck halter. Tommy Bahama Stem Floral one piece halter, $99.99; everythingbutwater NEED SOME GREAT CASUAL PIECES TO GO WITH YOUR SWIMSUIT? CHECK OUT *EDITOR’S PICKS: J. JILL
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First Published Tue, 2010-05-11 13:35

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