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Rihanna shows off her killer abs in her native Barbados with a funky mixed-print bikini. “A bright color on the bottom paired with a darker color up top is a brilliant way to show off your bottom half,” says Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More. Rihanna’s bra-top also helps balance her upper and lower halves. Says Pomeroy, “When you wear straps that go over each shoulder, it causes your shoulders to appear wider.”
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It doesn’t get better than a body like Bar Rafaeli’s, and Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More, praises the model’s suit for accentuating her tall and voluptuous figure. “[The top] has less coverage than a halter, but more support than a typical triangle.” The double straps also serve to show off her cleavage – making her seem in perfect proportion.
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Show off a long lean frame with a stomach cut-out suit. For a body that looks good in “anything,” swimsuit designer “Ashley Paige”], of TLC’s Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust, recommends a suit like her custom-made black neon “surf-pot” that plays up a longer torso.
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High-waisted hipsters, like Gisele Bündchen’s are not recommended for most body types, but if you are tall and slender like the supermodel, you are in luck. Pomeroy says, “The thicker sides emphasize her thighs and hips, which help her look curvy and athletic at the same time.” Another plus to the style: It shows off her fantastic abs.
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Mischa Barton works her curves in an Indah crochet one-piece. “The suit actually accentuates her waist and makes her look curvier,” Pomeroy says, which is a plus for girls with long and straight torsos.
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PRINTED STRING BIKINIS
Tall and toned girls like Blake Lively can wear just about any style swimsuit. Try bright colors and bold prints to flaunt a fabulous figure.
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BELTED ONE PIECE
Play up your waistline! “A belt around the smallest part of your waist highlights the waist and helps shorten the torso,” says Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More. Also try it low to minimize the belly, but never wear a belt straight across the tummy – that would only accentuate it.
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Show off those long, lean legs in a barely-there Brazilian bottom. Sade Lythcott, designer and co-founder of celeb favorite Lunazul Swimwear, says the skimpy bottom is perfect for a toned body and minimizing the behind.
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Bandeau tops offer little chest support, but Helena Christensen’s lace-up bikini keeps it all in place. “The straps offer more support and can be more flattering on larger chests,” says Sonia Del Mello, designer of So De Mel swim. A longer torso can handle the extra material and still make this style look sexy.
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Shorten a long torso with a sexy bandeau one-piece. The style is great for added coverage and no tan line. “It can also double as a rad bodysuit with jeans, shorts or skirts after the beach,” says Lythcott.
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Don’t cut your body in half, try an ’80s-inspired V-front bottom. The scoop front draws attention away from longer torsos and makes long legs appear even longer, says Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More.
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The sexy mama shows off her runway-ready body in a green two-piece in Mexico. For girls that are all legs and no hips, Neila Granzoti Rudden, designer of DiNeila Brazil swimwear, recommends bikinis with accents at the sides, to “give the illusion of curves.”
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This season it’s all about being bold. “Don’t be afraid to go with the colors of the moment – if the cut of the suit fits well, you can wear it season after season regardless,” says Sade Lythcott, co-owner and designer of Lunazul swimwear.
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Visually shorten your torso with a horizontal striped suit. “Never wear vertical stripes because they tend to accentuate your already long torso,” says Lythcott.
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If you’ve got it, flaunt it! The supermodel has no worries about being in a miniscule bikini, and neither should you, if you’re lucky enough to have the body type! Celebrity stylist Shane Cisneros says, “I love a triangular string bikini with as little coverage as possible. Make the most of that gazelle like shape!”
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If you’re looking to cut the space of your torso – and hold in any tummy – high cut bottoms are the way to go. “[They] visually shorten the midsection,” says Lythcott. Try a high-waisted style or even ’80s-style high-cut legs.
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Not worried about tan lines? Hilton shows off one the season’s hottest trends in this cut-out one-piece. If you’re lithe like the heiress, this style was made for you. Celebrity stylist Shane Cisneros says, “[Tall]is the only body shape that is right for the omnipresent monokini.”
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Dare to be different in a monokini this beach season. For really tall girls with a long torso, “a cut-out suit gives curves where there are none,” says Lythcott.
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Too shy to try the cut-outs? Go back to the tankini. Cisneros says the classic suit “will focus on the best parts of your shape – your chiseled arms and toned legs. Plus, the tank will accent your long torso line.”