A little pudge shouldn’t send you running for a black one-piece. A tankini is great for concealing not-so-trim tummies, and gives you more room to breathe than a constricting one-piece. You can also try a bikini short with a higher waist that hides the belly, such as a retro-inspired boy short. Darker colors are slimming, so if you want to draw the eye north, go for a bright or floral-print top with black bottoms, like the one that Victoria’s Secret Model Selita Ebanks is wearing on location.
This bold print’s diagonal stripes are slimming because they draw the eye up and down rather than across. ($24.50 top, $24.50 bottom, delias.com)
Make a splash in this sexy black set print that’s perfect for summertime lounging or flirting ($26.50, top, $26.50 bottom, aeropostale.com)
A ruffle detail provides a feminine touch with this paisley tankini ($12, top, $12 bottom, oldnavy.com)