Suit Up for Summer With the Hottest Bathing Suits and Swimwear

Do you have a bathing suit yet? Fortunately, this year's swimwear selection is long on style and options, from women's bathing suits and one piece bathing suits to a wide variety of plus-size swimwear. There's something for everyone!

Maillots with plunging necklines provide retro allure. For a more modern look, monokinis -- one-piece suits with bold cutouts -- are a popular way to turn up the heat on an otherwise demure style.

Elements that have been popular in fashion also are showing up in swimwear. One-shouldered silhouettes are especially popular this season, as are ruffles and metallic detailing.

And even if they offer a minimal amount of fabric, this season's bikinis offer plenty in the way of embellishment and pattern. Elly's Couture owner Elly Swetz said Betsey Johnson's swimwear line has everything from beading and crystal to ruffles and appliques.

Two-piece suits also offer ample opportunity for mixing and matching. Swetz said pairing a printed top with a solid bottom, or vice versa, is still a popular trend. Many retailers sell pieces separately to allow buyers to play around with prints and to help them find the perfect fit.

A perfect fit is crucial when it comes to swimwear, but there are a few visual tricks you can use to play up your assets to their best advantage.

Those with a little more on top can get extra support from suits with built-in underwire. Smaller prints without a lot of open space can draw the eye into the print, making you look smaller. Meanwhile, splashier prints and horizontal stripes draw the eye outward to create the illusion of fullness, and ruffled tops can contribute to curves. For pear-shaped figures, a deep V neckline draws the eye upwards and away from ample hips. A one-piece suit in a solid color helps create the illusion of a longer, leaner line. Ruching can also be flattering because it camouflages trouble spots. Those with longer torsos can provide a little balance by choosing a higher-waist bikini bottom. Conversely, low-slung bottoms draw the eye downward, adding length to shorter torsos.
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