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Swim FAQ

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Give me some curves

Sarah, 24, bartender, is the owner of at least 20 bathing suits, some of them vintage. "I mostly choose them for how they look on the hanger" she admits. A halter-top bikini adds the illusion of cleavage and plays up her curves.
Where to shop for this suit: Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha, $120, Abbe's Place, Philadelphia, PA

I love my womanly body

Sarah, 26, receptionist - "I don't want to hide my shape" says Sarah. OK, but she still needs a bit more coverage than her tankini offers. Solution? This suit's light-color, wide-strap top shapes her bust and its darker bottom looks sexy and is flattering.
Where to shop for this suit: Miraclesuit, $122, cyberswim.com

I want to show off my athletic build

We advised Rachel, 22, physical education student, to not hide her fit shape. A good-fit, high-cut bottom lengthens her muscular legs and a bright red suit says, Check me out!
Where to shop for this suit: Swim Systems, $84, californiasunshine.com

Help me pump up my butt !

Christine, 29, pleads, "I've always wanted a J.Lo butt!"

Lesson 1: A light-color suit helps your parts stand out, not fade away.

Lesson 2: Ruffles add dimension!

Where to shop for this suit: Zimmerman, $162, Nisa, NYC

I have a small bust

Kimberly, 29, office manager, says - "I'm all about comfort, so I've never considered wearing a really fitted suit, but I wanted a little more cleavage". So she ditched her grandma tankini for a lightly padded, V-neckline underwire bikini, and became a convert. "It was comfortable and boosted my bust!"
Where to shop for this suit: Huit Plage, $102, The Bikini Shop, West Palm Beach, FL, 561-835-8284; La Petite Coquette, NYC, 212-473-2478; Pilars, Mission Beach, San Diego, CA

How can I show off my legs?

Charnaie, 26, computer programmer, hasn't bought a new suit in years. The one she had didn't give enough support on top or play up her assets on bottom. For Charnaie, a new string bikini makes her legs looks longer; The result: a great hourglass figure.
Where to shop for this suit: Vix Swimwear, $80, vixswimwear.com (white bikini) Anne Cole Collection, $78, Lord & Taylor nationwide (black suit)

I want to look sleek and chic

Felicia, 27, customer service representative. The suit she had didn't give enough support on top or play up her assets on bottom. For Felicia, a one-piece wrap-style cinches her waist and va-vooms her chest. The result: a great hourglass figure.
Where to shop for this suit: Vix Swimwear, $80, vixswimwear.com (white bikini), Anne Cole Collection, $78, Lord & Taylor nationwide (black suit)

Help me find my waist

Four children later, Jenny, 40, barely recognizes her own body: "I'm a little self-conscious about my waist; I'm not sure where it went!" To help Jenny get her curves back, we gave her a suit with a low-cut neckline and high-cut legs - both give the illusion of curves - and an instant waistline belt.
Where to shop for this suit: La Blanca by Rod Beattie, $86

I need more support on top

Natascha, 27, teacher, loves to shop for bathing suits but has a common problem - saggggg! A bandeau-style top and a tankini with a built-in shelf both hold and help minimize large chests, while high-leg briefs look great on all body types.
Where to shop for this suit: Bikini top, Patti Lynn Poolwear (sold with matching bottom), $120, 888-731-4337; bikini bottom, Citrus, (sold with matching top), $71, 800-289-7946. Tankini, Tommy Bahama, $98, tommybahama.com for stores

I need more support on top too!

Ronak, 27, dental surgeon, also has a very common problem - saggggg! A bandeau-style top and a tankini with a built-in shelf both hold and help minimize large chests, while high-leg briefs look great on all body types.
Where to shop for this suit: Bikini top, Patti Lynn Poolwear (sold with matching bottom), $120, 888-731-4337; bikini bottom, Citrus, (sold with matching top), $71, 800-289-7946. Tankini, Tommy Bahama, $98, tommybahama.com for stores

I have a long torso

Laurene, 20, law student, is a self-described "bikini addict." Laurene buys at least two or three suits a season - all with low-ride bottoms to show off her small waist. But small skivvies lengthen her already-long torso, so Laurene should pair them with tankini tops to balance her shape.
Where to shop for this suit: Raisins, $76

Help me look more girly

Michelle, 19, student, plays volleyball, basketball and runs track, so her body is long and lean.

Problem: a high-necked one-piece just makes her look more boyish.

Solution: a coral halter-top tankini that shows her waist adds the illusion of curves and the color says, Wow!

Where to shop for this suit: American Eagle Outfitters, $49

I am pear shaped

Isabelle, 31, store manager, spends summers on the French Riviera, where the dress code is a barely-there thong.

Problem: A string bikini that cuts across the hips highlights a wider bottom.

Solution: A striped tube top takes attention away from your lower half, and a plain, high-leg brief flatters without over-accentuating.

Where to shop for this suit: Tommy Bahama, $128

I have a petite build

Maria, 28, property manager, asked us for help picking her suit. The mantra: Got a short waist and small build? Bare more skin! Maria Elena's high-cut suit only serves to squish her stature. Instead, a low-cut bikini lengthens her petite figure.
Where to shop for this suit: Salinas, $140, swimwearexpress.com

I want to look sexier

Sharmila, 25, student: you've got it. But first, always remember that a suit that completely shrouds your body does nothing for your self-confidence. Opt instead for a halter suit with a low neckline and higher-cut leg. Can you spell sexy?
Where to shop for this suit: Athena Size Disguise, $110, select Macy's

Help! How do I play down my hips?

We recommended Diana, 23, try this tried-and-true trick: Wear a swimsuit that's bright on top and dark on the bottom (hey, it's the oldest one in the book for a reason: It works!). Just make sure your perfectly pretty curves are comfortably covered and supported - note the full-coverage bottom and tankini top that doesn't ride up.
Where to shop for this suit: Athena Collection, $88, Select Macy's

I have no waist. What suit works on me?

We advised Stephanie, 27, to avoid horizontal stripes on her figure. Our "Do" suit gives the illusion of curves with its deep V-neck and a front seam that makes her waist appear more shapely.
Where to shop for this suit: Anne Cole Collection, $68, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC