2. Pretty pleats camouflage lumps and bumps. Available in sizes 4 to 16. (Calvin Klein, $128; macys.com)
3. A side-tie wrap cinches the waist. Available in sizes 6 to 16 (Gottex, $182; bloomingdales.com)
4. Asymmetrical ruching smooths all over. Available in sizes 8 to 16. (Magicsuit, $166; lordandtaylor.com)
5. Has a seaming, color blocking, and tummy-control fabric. ($138, tommybahama.com)
Q: "What suits will support my big chest yet still look sexy?"
A: First of all, step away from the triangle top! Same goes for string bikinis—they'll just make your boobs look droopy. Choose a top with underwire, wide straps, and bra sizing to ensure proper fit and strong support. This retro-inspired two-piece shows off a curvy shape beautifully.
Swimsuit top available in sizes 28D to 38H. (Cleo by Panache, top, $65, and bottom, $40; barenecessities.com)
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Q: "Do I need to avoid color and prints if I'm plus-size? I don't want to limit myself to black or navy."
A: Absolutely not! You can embrace color and patterns. Just use them wisely. Contrast piping is one way to create interest and direct the eye in a flattering way; ruching and wrap details are slimming, too. You want to keep prints on a small scale, or choose suits that use them as accents. I'm crazy about ready-to-wear designer Sophie Theallet's new swimwear collection for Cacique at Lane Bryant. Her unique color combos and high-fashion draping flatter all sizes.