The Most Flattering Swimsuits of the Season (Seriously!)
Reality: A one-piece suit can be super-sexy--especially when it's this strapless white deal, which will perfectly showcase a tan (real or spray-powered). Those with larger busts need not look elsewhere--there's a convertible halter strap for anyone in need of extra lift.
Melissa Odabash suit at Intermix, 1003 Madison Ave., 212-249-7858, intermixonline.com
Myth: String bikinis are the only way to go.
Reality: At first glance you might think there's a bit of a man-repeller element to this two-piece--maybe it's the contrasting stripes, maybe it's the super-high waist. Put on this pinup-style suit, though, and the effect is totally va-va-va-voom, with extra-wide straps offering loads of support for those of us who are well endowed.
Diane von Furstenberg retro-style bikini at Scoop NYC, 473-475 Broadway, 212- 925-3539, scoopnyc.com
Myth: Frills are just for the bedroom.
Reality: It's an eveningwear/swimsuit mash-up. Pair it with some strappy sandals and you'll be a hit at our favorite beachside bars in Mexico.
Myth: Sports Illustrated 's swimsuit issue is just for guys.
Reality: Guys love it for the girls. Girls, however, can love it for the bikinis--consider it a selection curated for ultra-sexiness. This suit, which appeared in the magazine's iconic issue earlier this year, features a padded top and just enough coverage to keep things classy on the bottom.
Myth: You need to trek into Manhattan to find the best of the best suits.
Reality: Not true--especially with the new Malia Mills shop on Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue joining the boutique's roster (which already includes three Manhattan locations).
Beach Party bandeau suit at Malia Mills, 375 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, maliamills.com
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