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Best Swimsuits for 2012

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Best Swimsuits for 2012

See Which Swimsuit Styles Are Popular This Season

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This delightful spring weather has us eagerly anticipating the summer season, and what’s summer without a little pool or beach action? Of course, you can’t splash around in the water without a stylish swimsuit that flatters your figure. Although bathing suits are notoriously difficult to shop for, they do come in a large variety of cuts and colors. Here are a few of the most popular styles and the body shapes they complement best.

The Bandeau Bikini

Bikinis are always a popular choice, and though they come in many different shapes and sizes, the bandeau leads the pack in popularity. Characterized by its straight-across, banded top, the bandeau is great for those with a smaller bust line. The shape has the ability to keep your girls covered, while simultaneously pushing them together for a little more cleavage. Another perk? The suits are perfect for mixing and matching. Pick up a few tops and bottoms in bright neon shades and capture this summer’s hottest color trend.

The Monokini

Debuting on the runways several seasons ago, the monokini is still going strong. Part string bikini, part skimpy one-piece, this suit is essentially a two-piece attached by strings or strips of fabric across the midsection. Monokinis are great for those with bodies that are meant to be shown off. Those who want a fun variation of the look, without revealing as much skin, can opt for a one-piece with cutouts. These offer a more conservative approach to the monokini, while still allowing you to capture that cool, exotic look. Keep in mind, those strings and cutouts can create awkward tan lines. Be sure to lather up the sunscreen on all of your exposed areas.

Retro-Inspired Suits

One style that is making a huge comeback this season is the retro swimsuit of the 50’s and 60’s. Perfect for those with fuller, curvier figures, the retro suit features better coverage and more substantial pieces of fabric. Retro one-pieces often utilize halter tops (great support for fuller busts), and their bottoms will typically have a small ruffle or skirt for added thigh coverage. Retro bikinis also offer more coverage all around, significantly more than the average modern bikini. The best part is that these retro-inspired suits commonly feature fun, old-school prints, like polka dots or over-sized flowers. With full-coverage and a feminine vibe, what’s not to love?

As for cover-ups, there is no shortage of options for those who don't want to strut around in swimsuit alone. From caftans, to wrap skirts, and even stylish maxi dresses, it’s easy to find a fabulous complement for your ideal suit.

What kind of bathing suit are you looking for this season?

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I'm kinda wanting to get a one piece. This comment has been removed.
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I like all the looks. I have a ton of swimsuits. This comment has been removed.
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The retro is kinda cool. I like that last one. This comment has been removed.
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I really like the first swimsuit, the color and cut are both my style and so many places have affordable suits like this. This comment has been removed.
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I love the retro trend this season! This comment has been removed.
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The bandeau is super cute! But I really like the retro-inspired one as well :) This comment has been removed.
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Tip of the week!
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In lovin that top! This comment has been removed.
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The third one is my all time favourite (haha, out of the three XD) and I think the first one is sooo cute! This comment has been removed.
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1st and 3rd are my favorites This comment has been removed.
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Love the 3rd one!! This comment has been removed.
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Yea have to agree with @RoryGautsche here. I do like the top of the third one though! This comment has been removed.
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Love the green one! Not sure I love the oversized bottoms on the 3rd swimsuit although it looks fab on the model! This comment has been removed.
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I love the retro suits, and this summer's goal is to find one that flatters me without breaking the bank. For a less revealing one that still has a modern twist and seems like it'd fit just about anyone, I'm tempted by this one so far (see pic). This comment has been removed.
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