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Leaving just a little bit to the imagination is as sexy as it gets on the beach, as proven by these one-pieces. So we say, trade in your two-piece string bikinis for maillots that will look just as good (if not better) peeking out the top of your denim cut-offs or from beneath a sheer kaftan. Key elements: strategic cut-outs, flattering cuts, whimsical prints – it’s time to get your swimsuit game in check. PS: ditch worrying about mixing and matching your swimwear, and these jams don’t only have to make an appearance by the pool, they double off as day-to-day wear too – score!


The strategic cut-outs


Put on a fashion show and sashay by the beach (all eyes on Annalynne McCord!) with the cheekiest well-placed cut-outs that leave just a little more to the imagination – and that’s not a bad thing! Do it right by opting for cuts that flatter your figure, i.e.: cut-outs at the hips give an illusion of a smaller bum.


The bodysuit

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The easiest way to go: wear it like a tank top layered under high-waisted shorts, a jacket slung over and eclectic separates to complete the outfit; there you have it – bringing the beach to the street – success! Alternatively, wear it beneath a skirt suit, under a knotted flannel shirt, atop a mini skirt, possibilities are endless, really. Or, go plain and solid like Selena Gomez!


The printed one-piece


We’re almost obsessed with Doutzen Kroes’ fierce one-piece – and check out that bod! Wanna make a loud and proud statement while lounging by the pool? THIS, is the way to go, to guarantee every pair of eyes on you! Tip: wear larger prints to play up your best assets, like bigger prints on the top if you have a smaller bust.


The halterneck

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Play up your less-endowed assets (we’re talking about your chest!) in a well-cut halterneck for an illusion of more shape, and most importantly, a good ‘lift’ (thanks to a thick strong under band)! Take it from Naomi Watts, an unconventional midnight blue is magically slimming (the same effect black gives), while exuding a slightly nautical vibe on the beach!


The plunging neckline


Va-va-voom! Show off a bare décolletage in a deep-V cut, and the best thing to go with it, a dare-to-bare ‘ttitude. We recommend accessorising with a body chain draping your body for a little more pizzazz, or even some hippy braided strands – style cue: Kourtney Kardashian. One thing’s for sure though, if you’re real blessed in the bust department, this is a no-go lest you look trashy!


The monokini


Yes, you can still flaunt a toned midriff clad in a one-piece – do it like Chanel Iman and strap on a monokini and look every bit the cool girl. Put on matching sunnies while you’re at it to up your style game! One thing to keep in mind: always, always try it on before you make an impulse purchase, as the cut and length of the swimwear should sit just nice on your body.


The pin-up maillot


Show off those hourglass curves! Think Dita Von Teese and her usual pin-up style, and let your ladylike curves fill out the charming one-piece while basking under the sun with a feminine wink. Take a style cue from Sofia Vergara and pull off a monochrome cool blue outfit with a matching floppy hat and a knotted pareo.


The strapless maillot


Giving off just a hint of the iconic ‘20s, a strapless maillot proves itself to be prim yet sexy all at once, and we’re all for this classic vintage-looking trend – just look at Maggie Gyllenhaal looking lovely in hers while hitting the beach. Tip: opt for pieces with wire support around the bust in case you wind up looking ‘droopy’.

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