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Well Suited: The Best Swimsuits for Hiding a Belly

Don't have the perfect six-pack? Don't worry. Here are swimsuit tips and styles for a more flattering waistline.

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Disguising a Larger Tummy

Since having two kids, Gail O'Connor, 38, says, "I sure miss my waist."

The Mission: Make her midsection look smaller and her legs look longer.

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Gail's Perfect Suit

"The moms at the pool are going to think I had a tummy tuck!"
She thought a busy pattern would distract attention from her middle, but a suit in a solid color is far more flattering when it's formfitting and it has camouflaging ruching. Also, a high-cut leg adds length to Gail's frame.

Got a body like Gail's? Steer clear of styles that are skintight around your stomach. Your ideal tankini top is slightly loose but not billowy. Use tricks like draping and shirring to conceal your belly. A down-the-center detail like a ruffle visually divides your midsection, making it look smaller.

On Gail: Lands' End All Over Control Grecian V-neck Slender Suit, $87, landsend.com

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Ruffles for a Smaller Waist

Lands' End Ruffle TrimLine Tank, $63, landsend.com

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Flattering Details for Your Midsection

Tigerlily Brigitte one-piece, $150, tigerlily-usa.com

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Bold Colors and Billowy Top

Badgley Mischka Twist and Shout blouson two-piece, $179, southbeachswimsuits.com

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A Slightly Loose Tankini

Hurley Kings Road tankini, $54, and hipster bottom with ties, $42, 800-345-5273

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Camouflaging Ruching

Shoshanna Watercolor Floral one-piece, $155, select Bloomingdale's stores

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Slimming Shirring

Anika Brazil one-piece, $176, instyleswimwear.com

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More Flattering Swimsuits

Check out our other bathing suit makeovers and picks for every body type.

Best Suits for Larger Busts

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Best Suits for Curvy Gals

Best Suits for Small Chests

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ginnileec wrote:

I didn't think much of the bathing suits myself

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