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Surf’s up! Charlize Theron gets ready to conquer the Malibu shore in her simple string bikini. Chris Barreto, couture swimwear designer of Brasil Segredo, says her traditional bikini was the right choice. “When you are tall with a slightly curvy body type like Charlize, the basic triangle top and tie bottom really keeps everything in proportion.”
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Jenny McCarthy flaunts her fit frame in a sexy backless one-piece with a plunging front. Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More, says the wider sides and little material around the waist create a curvier look on her athletic shape. The lack of material in the back helps give her butt shape while showing off her toned body.
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WRAP HALTER TOP
Wear a sexy triangle top – without worrying about falling out. “The wrap is most flattering on women with medium to large tops and, when adjusted, properly gives great support,” says Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More. The double strap around the sides even helps achieve womanly curves.
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Fergie hits the sand running in a red string bikini. Her barely there triangle top is surprisingly supportive, with metallic rings that help bring shape and a natural cup to her bust.
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Boyish bodies that need curves should look for gathered side bottoms. “Choose a bottom with gathers that have a pattern or brighter colors on the gathering to really emphasize your hips,” says Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More. Gathers will draw eyes to hips and make them appear curvier.
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Lisa Rinna shows off her hard-earned muscles in a rainbow-print Vitamin A suit. The sweetheart neckline accentuates toned arms and shoulders – and even gives cleavage a boost.
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PLUNGE FRONT ONE-PIECE
Show off that hard-earned body! A deep V front highlights the stomach and makes for a wow one-piece. It works best for a smaller chest since it has minimal coverage and support up top.
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HALTER BIKINI TOPS
This California girl keeps her toned arms and abs in shape by swimming and surfing in her Rosa Cha bikini. Swimsuit designer and owner of DiNeila Brazil, Neila Granzoti Rudden, recommends a halter with thicker straps for muscular upper bodies. “It draws the eyes to the straps and not the shoulders.”
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Support is important, says Sade Lythcott, designer and co-founder of Lunazul swimwear. “[The halter] gives a cut-shape to shoulders and makes arms look more feminine,” she says.
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Just because you’re active on the beach doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for safety. Skip ties that can come undone while swimming, and try a ring style that will stay in place – and look sexy.
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The TV doctor sheds her scrubs and shows off her toned-to-perfection tummy in a skimpy Dolce & Gabbana neutral suit with a flattering low-rise belted bottom. “Bottoms should be cut low on the hip which help to add a curvy appearance to the body,” says Rudden.
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BELTED BOTTOM SUIT
Give your legs some shape in a belted bikini bottom. The tiny belt helps create a dropped waist and sexy curves on a muscular body.
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A one-shoulder one-piece is a sexy new alternative to help disguise broad shoulders. The asymmetrical strap cuts the shoulder at its most flattering point, and the figure-hugging suit gives the body a natural curve.
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TWISTED BIKINI TOPS
Yoga does the body good! Aniston has no problem strutting poolside in barely-there bottoms and a twist-front halter top bikini while on vacation. A twisted front detail gives support to the bust, plus her detachable halter strap cuts her toned shoulders in a feminine way.
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The bandeau top is hard to wear, but a twisted halter gives “a more ample bust good support and shape,” says Lythcott. This Melissa Odabash style is a perfect fit for more support, shaping shoulders and giving sexy bottom curves.
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MIX 'N' MATCH
Get the most out of your suit! “Mix ‘n’ match suits are incredible,” says Lythcott. Accessorize a perfectly fitting top with different bottoms, depending on how you want to spend your beach time.
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The perfect balance to a wet-suit top is a sexy bikini bottom. The actress gets ready to catch waves in a red-hot solid bottom. “Low-slung tiny boy briefs lessen a broad leg and offer a fuller back to keep you covered while playing volleyball or surfing,” says Lythcott.
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Nothing is more embarrassing than losing your bottoms on the beach. Stay clear of tie-bottoms, says Lythcott. “Bottoms that are one piece all the way around are really surfer girl sexy.”
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Not only do cute boy-short bottoms give ample coverage to someone who wants to be active on the beach, but they help “lessen broad legs,” says Sade Lythcott. Get a pair in a fun print to pair with a sexy top or a wet suit.