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The Best Swimsuits for Apple Shapes

We've got top picks and shopping tips to make finding the perfect swimsuit for your body a cinch.

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"Flatten My Belly!"

Even helpful salespeople don't always have your best interest at heart. Case in point: Cathy Thomas's strapless maillot. "It was the clerk's recommendation," Cathy explains. "The legs don't even fit right, but there were so many choices and I was in a rush, so I trusted her judgment." Cathy, though, needs a style that supports her chest and visually separates it from her stomach; ruching and tummy control offer subtle concealment.

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What to Look For

Look for a style that supports your chest and visually separates it from your stomach; ruching and tummy control offer subtle concealment. "My stomach looks smaller without the suit digging into me. I love it!" Cathy says.

  • A.N.A. one-piece, $69, jcpenney.com

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Tummy Trimmers

Stick with V-neck suits. They're the most flattering, and they draw attention up and away from your trouble zone.

  • Magicsuit Yves Color Block one-piece, $140, barenecessities.com

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Choose Empire-Waist Styles

The design lifts the eye above your stomach and makes your middle look smaller.

  • Athleta Bra Cup Twistini one-piece, $79, athleta.gap.com

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Try the Tricks of the Tailor Trade

Tiers, draping, and ruching will all work to camouflage your middle.

  • Ocean Dream tiered tankini top, $52, and bottom, $32, 800-359-SWIM

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Shopping Secrets from a Swimsuit Designer

Swimwear designer Malia Mills shares what she's learned from helping thousands of customers suit up for 18 years. "Women often think they need a bigger size to cover more skin. But it's better to get the right size in a fuller cut."

  • Jaclyn Smith Boxy Print tankini top, $20, and bottom, $20, kmart.com

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How to Find the Right Size

"To tell if a suit is too small, go by how it feels and not just how it looks in the mirror."

  • Aerin Rose Bra-Sized Swimwear Shirred Halter one piece, $130, aerinrose.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2010.

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DIParker wrote:

I went to Intimates and got a very nice bathing suit (one piece) in a size 38J ($92).

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