Curvy Girl Swim Guide

Curvy Girl Swim Guide
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 21, 2011

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Sexy. Fun. Bold. Just like our gorgeous Contributing Fashion Editor, Tocarra, we know that’s what you are looking for when it comes to swim suits. Check out these fab five styles which are perfect for your shape and body@

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For curvy women with enviable cleavage, the deep v-neck one piece should be a summertime staple. Easily playing up your beset asset, this style is deep enough to show skin, but not so deep that the twins are overexposed. Opt for a monochorome suit for maximum slimming effect.

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Miraclesuit Tropical Print Swimsuit, $260. Available now at

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Ladies Ombre Animal Swimsuit, $32. Available now at

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Patagonia Women’s Solid Bibiana One-Piece, $89. Available now at

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Heidi Klein Corsica Halterneck Swimsuit, $126. Available now at

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Women’s Striped Halter Swimsuit, $27.50. Available now at

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This vintage style silhouette is perfect for the curvy girl who wants to rock a sexy two piece but worries about imperfections around the midsection. If your less-than-perfect abs have you in a rut, don’t fret – just raise the cut. A high-waisted bikini bottom not only exudes retro pinup glam, it also helps slim the midsection and allows for just a peek of skin to show. This way you can be “mighty mighty” in a two-piece without letting it all hang out.

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Polka Dot Bikini, $24. Available now at Evans.Co.Uk.

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Pink Bow Bikini Top and Tummy Control Briefs, $60. Available now at Evans.Co.Uk.

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Norma Kamali High-Waisted Briefs, $175. Available now at

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Tori Parver Betty smocked high-waisted bikini briefs, $98. Available now at

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Beach Blanket Bingo two piece in red, $89.99. Available now at

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Concerned about your thunder thighs? Try a swim skirt on for size. A skirted suit offers the perfect balance between showing skin and masking flaws. Show off your amazing arms and cleavage up top while covering the lower region. It’s modest, yet still chic, especially in bright colors, patterns and shapes.

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Penbrooke V-inset skirted swimsuit, $59.99. Available nowa t

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Priestley’s Vintage Peony Pink Floral Bathing Suit, $306. Available now at

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Black Dress Swimsuit, $64. Available now at

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Surplice Style Swimsuit by Longitude, $99. Available now at

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One of the most versatile swimsuit silhouettes, the tankini offers security and coverage while still allowing for fun prints. Go daring down below with a sexier bottom piece and still keep it classy up top. Tankinis also offer the option of hiking up your tank top for a nice even tanning session if a one-piece isn’t your thing.

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Moroccan Stripe Tankini Top and Briefs, $64. Available now at Evans.Co.Uk.

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Women’s Mix & Match Halter Tankini Tops, $15. Available now at

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Crossfront Morrocan Tankini, $30. Available now at Evans.Co.Uk.

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Ladies Ombre Animal Tankini, $16. Available now at

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Whether it’s a Miraclesuit or an ultra femme style with a little extra Lycra, a one piece in the perfect color and material offers flawless coverage without sacrificing sex appeal. Play up your assets by rocking the silhouette perfect for you, whether it be a halter, one-shoulder or strapless.

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Cross Body Swimsuit, $56. Available now at Evans.Co.Uk.

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Ladies Animal Swimsuit, $24. Available now at

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Purple Miraclesuit Swimsuit, $220. Available now at Evans.Co.Uk.

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Womens Plus One-Shoulder Swimsuit, by Old Navy, $54.94. Available now at

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