Ladies, let's face it. It's been a bikini world for far too long. Two-pieces seem to outnumber more modest (but still totally gorgeous) one-pieces three to one. But the tides are turning. More and more designers are taking the plunge and introducing sexy-without-being-skimpy suits that don't zero in on the belly button.
Wrap-dress diva Diane von Furstenberg has thrown her hat into the swimwear ring and comes out a winner with this pretty poppy-print Corallo halter ($80, was $165). Shades of strawberry and bubblegum swirl on a fresh white background, with tiny pops of turquoise adding another element for the eyes. Pick this suit if you've got a thicker middle—the busy-ness of the pattern will downplay your wider waist.
There's no written rule that says you have to bare your midriff to give off a come-hither beach vibe. In the exotic Lisa Curran boa print halter suit ($75, was $154), you'll get the same stares you would if you were wearing a barely-there bikini. The deep plunging-V neckline and trendy animal print will definitely garner some longing gazes.
If you're ultra-gutsy, or if you just don't plan on getting wet, try Vix Swimwear's white rope halter ($75, was $148) on for size. The rope detail at the neck gives the suit a nautical touch (in keeping with the still-popular yacht-worthy trend in resort wear), but the retro-style shape in blinding white says Old Hollywood glamour like nothing else.
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