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IN THE SWIM

How to survive shopping for a new swimsuit.

There are few experiences we women dread more than swimsuit shopping. Like its dreaded sister-experience, jean shopping, there just is no way around it: you gotta try it on.

With that in mind, we offer this handy guide to finding a suit that suits you. (Starting with embracing a dressing room with warm lighting and skinny mirrors, of course.)

Pear-shaped. If you’re smaller on top and a bit wider on the bottom, try a skirted bottom at Kit & Ace that falls just below the widest part of your leg.

Big girls. If you’re on the busty side, your best bet is to look for a suit with molded or underwire cups. Keep it simple and avoid embellishment or ruffles on top.

Little girls. Bows, bedazzling and ruffles up top are your BFFs. To add more volume, try a padded push-up bikini from Calypso St. Barth.

Sporty spice. Create curves with monokinis or one-piece suits with cut-outs. To create a waistline, try a belted suit. Lululemon has great options for athletic types.

Bit o’ tummy. Shirred or ruched suits can conceal a tummy. Look for vintage-inspired two-pieces with a higher waisted bottom at Kate Spade.

Curvy girl. If you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em! Look for suits that enhance your curves but still provide plenty of support and coverage. Think asymmetrical or color-block.