If you want to slim the hips…
Don't go wild on bottom.
The less going on there, well—the less going on there!
Do bring focus up
with a top in a lighter color, or with fun details or a pretty pattern.
Do go for a fairly high-cut bottom
to create the illusion of longer, leaner legs.
If you want to boost a small bust…
Don't rule out an underwire.
"It gives shape to small busts," says Suze Yalof Schwartz.
Do go for extras
like ruffles, beading and pleating. They add bulk and visual interest.
Don't do bandeau.
"They'll flatten you out even more," says Suze Yalof Schwartz.
If you want some belly control…
Don't go for shine.
It highlights every lump and bump. Matte is much better.
Do skip tankinis
unless you find one with an un-clingy top, like the striped style above.
Do show some skin.
A high-cut leg or low-cut top draws eyes away from your middle.
If you want to support a big bust…
Do nix triangle tops
if you're bigger than a D-cup—not enough support.
Don't do high necklines
unless you want a uniboob. Didn't think so.
Do know that underwire or a hidden bra
is a must if your top's not a halter.
If you want to flatter your curves…
Don't run from stripes.
Just be sure they're vertical or angled across your body.
Don't say no to bikinis.
Just avoid thin string ties, which can dig and create bulges.
Do try a wrap style
if you have a thick middle—it's a waist whittler!