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The Best Swimsuits for Small Butts

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

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"I Want a Better Rear View"

For women like Lisa Medeiros, who have no junk in their trunk, swimsuits often look fine until they check their backsides. "It's like shopping for jeans," Lisa says. "Something will fit my hips nicely, but then I turn around and my butt looks deflated." She gravitates to string bikinis because "I can adjust the waist so it's not pinching into me." But Lisa should opt for more coverage, like a skirted style with a ruffle that adds volume.

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Add More Volume

Opt for more coverage, like a skirted style with a ruffle that adds volume. "Now I'm definitely going to lounge less and walk along the beach more," Lisa says.

On Lisa: Omo Norma Kamali Bill top, $175, and Robin bottom, $175, normakamalicollection.com

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Bring Sexy Back (There)

Show only a little cheek. When you're faking what you don't have, some extra bottom coverage leaves more to the imagination.

  • Kenneth Cole Reaction Swimwear Beads halter, $54, and skirted bottom, $66, swimnsport.com

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Say Yes to Frills

Ruffles on the edge of your seat and suits with foldover waistbands add volume right where you need it.

  • Coco Rave Twister Dot Mix halter, $48, and bottom, $40, dillards.com

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Go Graphic

Bold and fun prints command attention and take the focus off your tush, while plain solids have a minimizing effect.

  • Bisou Bisou top, $40, and bottom, $40, jcpenney.com

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Butt-Boosting Suits

  • Splendid Mini Stripe Triangle Bra top, $57, and bottom, $51, splendid.com

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Flirty Styles

  • ABS Swim by Allen Schwartz ruffle bikini, top $79, bottom $77, Lord and Taylor stores

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2010.

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