If you want to keep your stomach covered while still showing some serious skin, try American Apparel's Nylon Tricot Maillot-V Swimsuit ($45). The suit has a scandalous plunging neckline and a halter style back that looks like a traditional string bikini from behind. It comes in four stunning colors: grape (pictured), cobalt, black and burgundy. For those with more adventurous beach style, American Apparel also offers the same style suit in an exotic zebra print ($54).

Figure flattering

Trim your midsection instantly with Inches Off's Crisscross Maillot ($59.99 for misses, $69.99 for women's at Chadwicks.com). Not only does the suit cinch your stomach flat with “built-in tummy control,” but it also creates the illusion of a slimmer waist with its crisscross design. The halter strap detaches so it can be worn strapless as well. This miracle working maillot comes in two chic color combos: black and plum (pictured) and black and white. You'll be hard pressed to find a suit that will do more for your figure.

Cute meets sexy

Victoria's Secret push-up one piece (originally $82, clearance $48.99) is designed for some serious poolside cleavage: not only does it have underwire cups, but it also has removable padding. When their aptly named Miracle Bra design meets swimwear, it's no surprise that the result is a super sizzling suit. But this suit is not all about the sex appeal; its ruffle trim and adorable fish print also give it an innocent and girly aura. Comes with a removable halter strap for those particularly worried about wardrobe malfunctions.


This Xhila Navy One Piece Swimsuit ($29.99 at Target.com) has beach picnic at Cape Cod written all over it. It also has a bit of old school glamour to it: the piping, thick halter straps, side tabs, classic navy and white color combination and overall shape give the suit a flirty and retro feel. This suit is perfect for the more modest; it has very full coverage in both the front and back.