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There's no doubt that sunshine, sand and swimsuits go hand in hand with summertime. No matter if you're getting your tan poolside, or beach bumming it for the day, it's time to break out your summer swimwear best. Whether you opt for the coverage of a one-piece, or the belly-baring attributes of a bikini, you're sure to find a style that will make the sand and the bystanders sizzle.
The maillot or one-piece is an option for chicks who are not content to lounge poolside. Whether diving during a match of beach volleyball or surfing the waves, the maillot offers peep show protection. This style also offers support for girls with a bigger bust and belly. Nautical-inspired stripes and a plunging neckline are on-trend in navy, white and red. Thin vertical stripes are slimming, while horizontal stripes add breadth to smaller frames. Look for sexy sailor-inspired details like gold hardware or cheeky prints like small sailboats to keep the maillot modern and not matronly.
A monokini (a one-piece with skin-baring cutouts) is a chic alternative for the girl who desires the comfort of a one-piece and the unexpectedness of a flash of skin. If you feel daring enough to test out the monokini, try a style with strategically placed cutouts that will highlight your best assets, say your bronzed back or toned tummy. Keep in mind that this suit style is best for pool parties or backyard barbecues where shade is easily attained. Otherwise, your cool factor cutouts will not only display your confidence, but also unsightly tan lines. Be sure to stick to a solid color with minimal details to let your skin-baring cutouts steal the spotlight.
A tank top and bikini bottom mash-up, the tankini offers coverage to ladies who would like to keep their lovely, yet not quite beach-ready, lumps and bumps under wraps. Try a tankini style in a leopard print; it'll strike the ultimate balance of stylish and seductive. Leggy ladies can experiment with a larger leopard print, while dainty dames should stick with smaller spots that won't overwhelm their small stature. The beach can be a jungle once temps soar, so you'll be sure to stand out in your sexy spots.
The standard swimsuit style in most boudoirs, the bikini offers versatility and variety. If you want to conceal a little belly bulge or a bigger booty, go retro with ruffles and high-waisted bottoms. If you want to show off sculpted shoulders and arms, step into a floral bandeau with matching bottoms. According to "Harper's Bazaar" in its swimwear report, a tribal print triangle top is on-trend when paired with a tassel string bottom. The perk of a two-piece is your ability to mix and match depending on your mood. A solid color will tone down a bootylicious backside, while a brightly patterned bikini top will enhance a smaller bust. Whatever your preference, be sure to accessorize your belly-baring bikini with a smile and a shot of confidence as all eyes will surely be on you.