Best Swimsuits: Slimming But Not Uncomfortable

Our picks will do more for your shape than a juice fast.

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Shades of Gray

The manipulated fabric (drapes, folds) contours your body. Sizes up to 24.

 

Sorella Swim, $198; shop.sorellaswim.com.

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Skirt with Sass

Whatever you’d like to hide, don’t go any longer than this—you’ll look matronly.

 

Bleu/Rod Beattie, $144; bleurodbeattie​.com for stores.

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Tank You

The detailed print is an ideal mid­section concealer. Sizes up to XL.

 

Lenny, $182; Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000.

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Tribal Trend

All tankinis are not created equal. The A-line top will skim, not squeeze, your middle.

 

Sunsets, $126; bestswimwear.com.

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Divide and Conquer

The top half provides a pretty face framer while the bottom half minimizes. Sizes up to 16.

 

Magicsuit by Miraclesuit,$152; miraclesuit.com.

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Optical Illusion

The black-and-white under-layer provides a smooth foundation; the mesh overlay creates movement. Sizes up to XL.

 

Agua de CoCo, $201; 212-575-1001. 

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Sailor Stripes

Slip on a maxi skirt and sandals, and you’re cocktail ready.

 

Perry Ellis, $118; Dillard’s, 800-345-5273.

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Bold Graphics

Erase five pounds in an instant. Sizes up to 16.

 

Magicsuit by Miraclesuit,$170; miraclesuit.com.

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Cougar, Schmougar

If you’ve skipped more planks than you’ve suffered through, this will make it nobody’s business but your own. Sizes up to XL.

 

Kenneth Cole, $130; Lord & Taylor, 800-223-7440.

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1940s Flair

The high-design elements are what you’re paying for.

 

Kore Swim, $214; freepeople.com.

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Impressive Ikat

This print is on trend and totally flattering. Sizes up to 16.

 

Anne Cole Signature,$96; lordandtaylor.com.

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Paging Cleopatra

From the company that put wearable shapewear on the map. Sizes up to 18.

 

Spanx, $198; spanx.com.

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Meet the Swim Dress

Those kicky red straps attach to a red undersuit; the black overlay is forgiving.

 

MagicSuit by MiracleSuit, $168; dillards.com.

 

Want more swimsuits to choose from? Check out the rest of our Best Swimsuits for Every Age, Size and Shape.

 

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First Published Wed, 2012-06-06 11:56

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