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The Best Retro Bathing Suits (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 05/23/08 06:12 AM ET Updated: 11/17/11 09:02 AM ET

Swim Suit

It's official: Summer 2008 marks the return of the retro swimsuit.

As swimsuit season approaches, women are discovering that many of this summer's suits represent a sharp turnaround from the crass arrangement of string and sequins that in recent years has made the Hamptons shore look like a Vegas sideshow.

Probably for the first time since Lindsay Lohan was born, fashion designers, from the high-end likes of Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney to mainstream classics like Jantzen, have taken a more refined approach to swimwear, emphasizing one-piece looks, halter tops, high-waist boy shorts and ruffles and ruching as camouflaging details.

Have a look at the New York Times favorite looks.

Or see which stars are frolicking in their fun suits.

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Filed by Anya Strzemien  |