06/06/2012 12:08 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Swimwear Can Be Sexy Without Being Skimpy: 8 Bathing Suits That Are Anything But (PHOTOS)

Modest swimwear is no longer just for those shopping in the maternity section. We can thank designers like Miuccia Prada and Lisa-Marie Fernandez for revisiting the vintage styles of the '50s, which means -- glory of all glories -- full coverage bathing suits. Bikinis are high-waisted, and full pieces are just as sexy as their skimpy counterparts thanks to cutouts, embellishments and fun patterns.

As a result, those of us who weren't excited about the prospect of getting into a bathing suit thanks to the ghost of winters past, otherwise known as pale skin and a not-so-bikini-ready body, are breathing a sigh of relief and reaching for the SPF.

So get the notion of "granny panty swimming costumes" out of your head. These eight bathing suits are way too sexy for Grandma, plus 20 stars looking hot in not-so-skimpy swimsuits.

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