Find Your Perfect Swimsuit

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Do I Look Laid Off In This Swimsuit?

From left: Bridget Reilly, 46 Laid off: February 2009 St John suit, $260; neimanmarcus.com Gwenn Paness, 43 Laid off: January 2009 Perry Ellis suit, top, $75, and bottom, $51, dillards.com Lili Fateh, 46 Laid off: December 2008 Michael Kors suit, $199; saks.com for stores or 212-753-4000 and 877-551-7257 (saks.com) Sue Downes, 54 Laid off: January 2008 St John suit, $270; southbeachswimsuits.com
photo by Emily Shur, hair by Mitch Barry for Bryan Bantry, makeup by Tracy Crystal for Bryan Bantry

Hardware for Hard Times

Sue Downes, 54 Zip it up, strap it on, buckle up..it’s bathing suit body armor, perfect for battling the crowds on the beach Nina swimwear suit, $265; ninaswimwear.com for contact information Dior plastic sunglasses, $295; solsticestores.com for store locations
photo by Emily Shur, hair by Mitch Barry for Bryan Bantry, makeup by Tracy Crystal for Bryan Bantry

Hardware for Hard Times: Paging James Bond

The shape is sporty and the green accents pop. If your waist is small, the belt with show it off perfectly JAG suit, $98; dillards.com for stores
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Hardware for Hard Times: The White Idea

The tiny two-piece gets little gold accents – the perfect hint of beach bling VIX suit, top, $74, and bottom, $74; vixswimwear.com
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Hardware for Hard Times: Wave Stunner

The magic of this suit is on the bottom; a wrap with rouching that will hold you in Anne Cole Collection suit, top $76, and bottom, $60; annecole.com
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Hardware for Hard Times: Charm School

In this bikini, you’ll bare all (or most); the sparkle comes from sea-inspired danglers Old Navy suit, top $20, and bottom, $20; 800-653-6289
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Exec-U-Suits

Bridget Reilly, 46 Swimwear in black and white looks as sharp and powerful as a pinstripe suit Carmen Marc Valvo suit, $158, dillards.com for stores
photo by Emily Shur, hair by Mitch Barry for Bryan Bantry, makeup by Tracy Crystal for Bryan Bantry

Exec-U-Suits: Smart Stripes

The top lines add visual oomph where you’re small, while the black bottom minimizes DKNY suit, $112; macys.com for stores or 212-695-4400
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Exec-U-Suits: Geometricks

A good alternative to an allover print, with a full-coverage bottom La Blanca suit, top, $73, and bottom, $57; swimnsport.com
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Exec-U-Suits: Bold Shoulder

The diagonal lines are slimming; the asymmetry looks new Raise the Bar by Kenneth Cole suit, $102; macys.com for stores or 212-695-4400
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Exec-U-Suits: Shipshape

The oversize anchor makes a statement, and the style is built for swimming Ralph Lauren Blue Label suit, ralphlauren.com
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Pink Slip

Gwenn Paness, 43 If you work life was spent in a male-dominated world, here’s the antidote: a suit in one of these ultrafeaminine hues DKNY suit, top, $60, and bottom, $80; macys.com for stores or 212-695-4400 Dior plastic sunglasses, $295; solsticestores..com for store locations
photo by Emily Shur, hair by Mitch Barry for Bryan Bantry, makeup by Tracy Crystal for Bryan Bantry

Pink Slip: Shore Thing

This suit does the dieting for you with high-tech fabric that fits and firms. Miraclesuit, $136; Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000.
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Pink Slip: Color Stock

The flirty skirt in a new, chic length gives just enough coverage. Gap suit, top, $37, and bottom, $37; gap.com or call 1.800.GAPSTYLE
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Pink Slip: Plunge Perfect

If you’re small-busted but crave big impact, go for this deep v-neck one-piece. Eres suit, $445; eres.fr for store information
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Pink Slip: Sunstroke

Cleverly spaced markings on this suit create a slimming optical illusion. Boss Black suit, $275; hugoboss.com for store locator
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Portfolio of Prints

Lili Fateh, 46 Does the job hunt have you stressed? A pop of pattern may be just the distraction you need Jean Paul Gautier suit, $395; select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 212-753-4000
photo by Emily Shur, hair by Mitch Barry for Bryan Bantry, makeup by Tracy Crystal for Bryan Bantry

Portfolio of Prints: Tropical Punch

The wide band across the rib cage ensures that this top will stay put Tommy Bahama suit, top, $77, and bottom, $56; tommybahama.com
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Portfolio of Prints: Tribal Touch

Coverage up front, not on the flip side. Got a great back? Flaunt it. Escape by Kenneth Cole suit, $98; kennethcole.com for stores
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Portfolio of Prints: Sea Feature

Talk about liquid assets: underwater imagery in a spectrum of flattering blues Tibi suit, $190; C. Orrico, 561-659-1284
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Portfolio of Prints: Beach Class

Great 1940s styling with a modern abstract design. Body ruching is a figure-fixer. Trim Swim by Jantzen suit, $110; dillards.com for stores
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First Published Wed, 2009-05-27 11:17

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