You've requested vacation time, bought your tickets, booked your suite, and mapped out your itinerary. You've had your upcoming exotic getaway planned down to the last detail for months—so why don't you have your beach-ready wardrobe picked and packed, too? You wouldn't leave choosing a wedding dress to the last minute, and you shouldn't leave your vacay swimwear to the last minute either. Get a figure flattering lineup together, jam it in your suitcase, and anxiously await takeoff as you count down the seconds at your desk.
A sturdy halter-top is always a good idea for solid yet sexy coverage up top. Your chest will stay supported, but you won't look like you're too modest for some fun in the sun. This classic halter bikini ($29, was $34.50) can be mixed and matched with a different color hardware bottom ($29, was $34.50) for some extra punch.
Wishing you had more curves? Shapelier gals may think you long and lean ladies can wear any old swimsuit you want, but if you're longing for a faux-hourglass shape, adding volume is the name of the game. Girlify your boyish figure with ruffles, like the ones on this kelly-striped triangle top ($19.99, was $34.50) and bikini bottom ($19.99, was $34.50). Horizontal stripes make you look a tad wider, and extra padding up top helps you fake the chest you don't have.
Busty babes should look for suits with high horizontal necklines to downplay curves, and mix-n-match patterns to keep the eyes moving. Make an unlikely pair of a navy-striped tankini top ($24.99, was $34.50) with polka-dot ruffled hipsters ($19.99, was $29.50) for a nautical look you can wear with confidence.
And for more great swimsuit finds, check out our Guide to Swimwear for Your Shape.
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