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When it comes to swimwear, do you like to rock a classic triangle bikini or bandeau top or is a one-piece more your style? Swimwear has become surprisingly versatile recently, as more women try and make their swimsuits work from the beach to the bar. Wear a crochet top over your bikini and add a pair of cutoffs, and you're ready for an al fresco dinner. Or, wear a one-piece with a denim vest and maxi skirt.

What’s the most flattering swimsuit for my body type?


Vintage-inspired swimsuits like high-waisted bikinis and ruched one-piece suits are slimming and deliver great coverage in the tummy area -- these are universally flattering. For the body-confident, the monokini is a hot alternative to the string bikini. Swimwear that is ruched, shirred and gathered is your friend if you have a smaller frame. Ruffles and prints are also tricks of the petite trade. Full-figured gals get the support they need with swim tops that use bra sizing and underwire to ensure a good fit. Above all, nothing is sexier than confidence so choose a swimsuit you can be yourself in.

How should I accessorize my swimwear?


Let’s go from head to foot. Sun protection is essential, so pack sunscreen and a hat. Wide brim floppy hats, baseball caps and straw fedoras are all great options. Grab a pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from bright sun rays. Bring a cover-up that transitions well from beach to dinner like a breezy sundress, flowy kaftan, or denim shorts with slub tank, while slip-on sandals are a step up from flip-flops. Grab a large tote to carry all this, and don’t forget to include a beach towel and water bottle!

What’s the best swimsuit for beach and pool activities?


For active lifestyle enthusiasts, there’s swimwear that’s just as fashionable as it is good for sport. Sports bra style tops paired with moderate coverage bikini bottoms or swim shorts will keep you held in while hitting the waves, playing beach volleyball or running on the sand. Try tankinis and rashguards with SPF for an even more secure fit and extra sun protection.
  • TALITHA Paisley-print full-length silk cover-up
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    TALITHA Paisley-print full-length silk cover-up
    Talitha's beautiful bohemian pieces are handcrafted in India by local artisans. This full-length silk-chiffon cover-up has the most distinctive silhouette - note the long wide sleeves the paisley pattern and the oversized pointed hood. It'll look just as chic slipped over a bikini as it will worn with relaxed warm-weather separates.
  • Missoni Women's Zigzag-Pattern Full-Length Coverup - Multi (X-SMALL)
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    Missoni Women's Zigzag-Pattern Full-Length Coverup - Multi (X-SMALL)
    MissoniZigzag-Pattern Full-Length CoverupDetailsMissoni coverup in multicolor zigzag knit. Boat neckline. Short batwing sleeves. Loose, dramatic silhouette. Fringe-trim hem hits at foot; sides slit to knees. Pullover style. Rayon. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'10"/177cm, bust 34"/86cm, waist 24. 5"/62cm, hips 35"/89cm, bra size 34C, dress size US 4. Designer About Missoni: Knitwear in a bold array of zigzags, stripes and waves is the calling card of the Italian firm Missoni. The family-owned company, founded in 1953, is now run by the third generation, and eye-catching graphic designs are still very much at the forefront of the aesthetic. Perhaps due to this consistent design philosophy, pieces created today are as much instant classics as they were at the label's first runway show in 1967.
  • Emilio Pucci Bell-Sleeve Printed Caftan Coverup
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    Emilio Pucci Bell-Sleeve Printed Caftan Coverup
    Emilio Pucci coverup in printed sheer chiffon. Deep V neckline. Three-quarter bell sleeves. Arched drawstring waist. Hem falls to foot; side slits. Cotton/silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'10"/177cm, bust 34"/86cm, waist 24.5"/62cm, hips 35"/89cm, bra size 34C, dress size US 4.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA Majolica Print Cover-Up
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    DOLCE & GABBANA Majolica Print Cover-Up
    Printed silk twill. Mandarin collar. Shirred waist. Falls to above the knee. Unlined. Do not wash. Do not bleach. Iron. Dry-clean using perchloroethylene. Do not tumble dry. Lining 100% Silk.
  • LE SILLA Swarovski & Lycra Triangle Bikini
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    LE SILLA Swarovski & Lycra Triangle Bikini
    Self tie closures. Back hook closures. Swarovski crystal embellished front. Made in Italy.
  • Emilio Pucci Women's Printed Chiffon Caftan Coverup - Turchese (ONE SIZE)
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    Emilio Pucci Women's Printed Chiffon Caftan Coverup - Turchese (ONE SIZE)
    Emilio PucciPrinted Chiffon Caftan CoverupDetailsEmilio Pucci coverup in sheer printed chiffon. V neckline. Three-quarter batwing sleeves. Loose, dramatic silhouette. Arched hem falls to floor. Slips on over head. Silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23. 5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B. Designer About Emilio Pucci: The name Emilio Pucci is synonymous with kaleidoscopic prints and forward-thinking favored by jet-setters the world over. Emilio Pucci himself was a Florentine aristocrat whose legend was born when photos of his skiwear ran in Harper's Bazaar in 1947. Through the years, Emilio Pucci designs have been favored by glitterati around the globe, and today the line is helmed by Peter Dundas. Headquarters are still located at the Pucci family's palace in Florence.
  • Emilio Pucci Sheer Printed Drawstring Coverup
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    Emilio Pucci Sheer Printed Drawstring Coverup
    Emilio Pucci coverup in sheer printed chiffon. Boat neckline. Long, dramatic batwing sleeves. Drawstring waist. Handkerchief hem. Slips on over head. Silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23.5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B.
  • Emilio Pucci Women's Sheer Printed Drawstring Coverup - Viola/Turchese (ONE SIZE)
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    Emilio Pucci Women's Sheer Printed Drawstring Coverup - Viola/Turchese (ONE SIZE)
    Emilio PucciSheer Printed Drawstring CoverupDetailsEmilio Pucci coverup in sheer printed chiffon. Boat neckline. Long, dramatic batwing sleeves. Drawstring waist. Handkerchief hem. Slips on over head. Silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23. 5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B. Designer About Emilio Pucci: The name Emilio Pucci is synonymous with kaleidoscopic prints and forward-thinking favored by jet-setters the world over. Emilio Pucci himself was a Florentine aristocrat whose legend was born when photos of his skiwear ran in Harper's Bazaar in 1947. Through the years, Emilio Pucci designs have been favored by glitterati around the globe, and today the line is helmed by Peter Dundas. Headquarters are still located at the Pucci family's palace in Florence.
  • Emilio Pucci Long Printed Maxi Coverup
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    Emilio Pucci Long Printed Maxi Coverup
    Emilio Pucci coverup in sheer printed voile. Split neckline with ties. Wide half sleeves. Banded waist is smocked at back. Loose, dramatic silhouette. Floor-length hem with side slit. Cotton/silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23.5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B.
  • Emilio Pucci Women's Long Printed Maxi Coverup - Viola/Geranio (38/4)
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    Emilio Pucci Women's Long Printed Maxi Coverup - Viola/Geranio (38/4)
    Emilio PucciLong Printed Maxi CoverupDetailsEmilio Pucci coverup in sheer printed voile. Split neckline with ties. Wide half sleeves. Banded waist is smocked at back. Loose, dramatic silhouette. Floor-length hem with side slit. Cotton/silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23. 5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B. Designer About Emilio Pucci: The name Emilio Pucci is synonymous with kaleidoscopic prints and forward-thinking favored by jet-setters the world over. Emilio Pucci himself was a Florentine aristocrat whose legend was born when photos of his skiwear ran in Harper's Bazaar in 1947. Through the years, Emilio Pucci designs have been favored by glitterati around the globe, and today the line is helmed by Peter Dundas. Headquarters are still located at the Pucci family's palace in Florence.
  • Emilio Pucci Printed Chiffon Caftan Coverup
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    Emilio Pucci Printed Chiffon Caftan Coverup
    Emilio Pucci coverup in sheer printed chiffon. V neckline. Three-quarter batwing sleeves. Loose, dramatic silhouette. Arched hem falls to floor. Slips on over head. Silk. Made in Italy. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23.5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B.
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