The Best New Swimsuits

Interested in a suit with built-in shapewear? Need one that accommodates a breast prosthetic? Want bang for your buck? It’s all here. These bathing suits flatter, fix flaws—and feel good!

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The Art of Concealing

Extra coverage, hidden tummy-firming panels and design details that offer added support are just a few of the innovations that will do your body good.


Concealing #1

The small-scale print won’t overwhelm your frame; the top supports a larger chest. Vince Camuto, $104;

Concealing #2

The romper style is new this season, and the kicky coverage isn’t just adorable; it’s an overlayer for the firming Lycra body underneath. Sizes up to 16. Magicsuit, $176;

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Concealing #3

If you thought your bikini-wearing days were over, reconsider. Soft gathers on a sleek skirt provide coverage more chicly than, say, a towel wrap. Natori, $158;

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Concealing #4

The mix of cheery blooms creates a slenderizing optical illusion. Sizes up to 18. Coldwater Creek, $110;

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Concealing #5

Thanks to bold color and figure-fixing ruching, a walk to the snack bar holds no peril. J.Crew, $118;

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Concealing #6

Let teens floss in a string bikini. This full-coverage floral is for grownups. Lands’ End, $98;

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Concealing #7

The front wrap cinches the tummy, while soft interior cups offer a nonsurgical breast lift. Perry Ellis Swim, $98;

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Concealing #8

This halter-tie tankini (the colors sunset inspired) covers up what you meant to tighten at the gym. Chaps, $88;

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Concealing #9

The subtle ruffles in soft lingerie shades will hide a lot, but not as much as the patented figure-firming fabric. Sizes up to 16. Magicsuit, $176;


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The Rush of Stealing

Stylish cuts, feel good fabric and shimmering hardware aren't reserved for designer suits. Cost cutting never looked so good.


Stealing #1

If you want to wear a two-piece but need ample coverage, this is for you. Lands’ End, $83;

Affordable #2

The ruched polka dot top half draws the eye upward, while your bottom half fades to black. Sizes up to 16. Chaps, $88;

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Affordable #3

The graphic appeal of a windowpane design puts a little oomph in a utilitarian tank. American Apparel, $45;

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Affordable #4

Basic black looks expensive when accented by a pleated sweetheart bustline. H&M, $30;

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Affordable #5

We love how the soft folds on the center panel create an hourglass shape; plus, the thick fabric and sturdy stitching make this seem expensive. Kamalikulture, $74; kamalikulture​.com.

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Affordable #6

White done right: The sheer inserts are a high-end detail; the sturdy halter strap is comfortable. Sizes up to 16. Anne Cole Signature, $98;

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Affordable #7

When the competition heats up, this suit stays in place. The sexy open back and pink neon trim will psych out your opponent. Athleta, $79;

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Affordable #8

The fabric here is so soft, you’d swear it cost twice as much. Old Navy, $38;

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Affordable #9

You will not be lost at sea, or in a crowd, in this bold bikini. The hardware detailing is what makes it look luxe. White House Black Market, $90;


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The Power of Healing

Desperate for major sun protection? Need to add a postmastectomy prosthetic? Check out these suits.


Healing #1

The fabric has UPF 50 protection, but the full-zip swim shirt is your sun-safety insurance policy. Parasol shirt, $165, and bikini, $185;

Healing #2

The waist tie provides belly coverage; the top is designed for a prosthetic. Sizes up to 26. Penbrooke, $96;

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Healing #3

Chic color blocking and UPF 50+ protection in the fabric? Sun safety has never looked trendier. Tommy Bahama, $127;

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Healing #4

The fabric is chlorine resistant, quick dry and rated UPF 50 protected. The bottom gives you full coverage so wedgies are a non­issue. L.L.Bean, $60;

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Healing #5

The high neckline protects delicate décolleté skin; removable breast cups are included. It Figures!, $96;

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Healing #6

The thick outer layer stands up to chlorine, and the incredibly soft lining is gentle on skin. Interior pockets accommodate a prosthetic. Veronica Brett, $205;

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Healing #7

Made with a patented longer-life Lycra, this suit will retain its shape no matter how long it’s soaked in salt water. The UPF 50 protection is just the bonus. Lands’ End, $88;

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Healing #8

For the truly arm phobic comes this striped long-sleeved version with UPF 50+ protection. Parasol, $175;

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Healing #9

Belly bulge begone, thanks to an extra center panel of Lycra. Echo, $118;


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The Thrill of Revealing

Have bangin' body, will show it off in these skin-revealing stunners.


Revealing #1

Nothing beats the impact of a little red dress; likewise this suit. When price is no object, this should be the object of your affection. Eres, $415; 888-656-3737.

Revealing #2

Bond girl meets mermaid in this subtly shimmering gunmetal two-piece. Marie France Van Damme, $329;

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Revealing #3

Channel your inner Beyoncé in this bronze beauty that leaves little to the imagination and lots to be slathered in sunblock. Red Carter, $170;

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Revealing #4

There’s no question that this neckline plunges into the deep end. If you can live support free, this one’s for you. Calvin Klein, $118;

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Revealing #5

Dazzling 1940s styling takes a modern twist with an Aztec-inspired print. Gottex, $178; 800-225-7946.

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Revealing #6

Classic tank styling gets a jolt of pizzazz with snakeskin print and side lacing. Want to tone it down? It reverses to gray. acacia, $209; Acacia

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Revealing #7

Accessorize with a metallic tote and strappy slides, and you’re good to go. Heidi Klein, $287;

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Revealing #8

Esther Williams! MGM! This glamorous suit recalls the glory days. Kore Swim, $256;

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Revealing #9

Too covered up? Hardly. The wide-open back and high-cut leg will have you smoldering, no matter what the heat index says. Lenny Niemeyer, $191;


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First Published Wed, 2013-04-17 16:08

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