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When bathing suit season hits, let's face it, many of us aren't ready to squeeze our winter bodies into itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis. But have no fear. There are plenty of options that you can wear at the beach or poolside without looking frumpy.
If you're too shy for a body-baring bikini but don't want to fully cover up, then a two-piece suit with a pair of high-waisted bottoms will suit you perfectly. The high rise bottoms can camouflage any problem areas and the cut of these suits usually has a great retro appeal that will make you feel like a beach bombshell.
One pieces aren't just for Olympic athletes and grandmas anymore. Today's top swimsuit designers are turning out chic options that still provide much more coverage and support than a bikini. If you're feeling daring, try a one piece with side cutouts that up the sex appeal a bit. Otherwise, look for a sleek option with a plunging neckline and modern pattern to keep this beach look young and fresh.
If sunbathing isn't your thing and you'd rather have an active day at the beach, a tankini bathing suit is the perfect choice. The tank top gives you the flexibility to take a jog, play Frisbee or build a sand castle without the fear of embarrassing slippage. Tankinis also come in lots of shapes and sizes like strapless styles to avoid tan lines, sleek halter tops and even babydoll tops for maternity beach goers.
If the idea of baring any skin on the beach or by the pool this summer makes you want to stay inside, consider a chic cover up, which is just as stylish and functional as a swimsuit. The keys to finding the perfect beach cover are style and fabric. Options like a short caftan, a crochet dress or a lightweight romper convey a beachy vibe while keeping you covered, and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen will keep you from overheating under the sun.