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Unleash your inner goddess in summer's sexiest swimwear

This season's top swimwear trends are untamed, sexy and sizzling.
by Heather Warlick Published: May 17, 2012

This flirtatious butterfly monokini is sold at LA Sun & Sport. Noah recommends you look for “long-lasting Lycra,” which is a new innovation in the classic swimwear fabric that will hold its shape longer.

Trend 4: Neon Citrus

Yellow, pink and orange neons are a fun throwback to the fluorescents of the '80s and they make any skin tone glow. And bandeau tops are a classic swimwear trend that will bolster a barely-there bust. But be warned: If you are ample in that area, either choose a high-end bandeau with solid construction, possibly with rubber backing inside the suit to keep it in place, or consider a different style top. Bandeaus that don't have under wires and quality construction aren't the most supportive of tops for large-busted women.

This two-piece is by California Waves and sold at Macy's. We added some funky and brightly colored jewelry by Betsey Johnson, also sold at Macy's, to add a pop of whimsy.

Trend 5: Retro

You'll see plenty of cutesy, vintage, high-waisted and full-coverage options reminiscent of Bettie Page on store shelves this season, but our favorite vintage is the 1970s. These styles are the ultimate in glam and quite wearable for many figure types.

This maillot by Brazilian swimwear designer Sauipe is ridiculously sexy, yet refined and not too revealing. The fabric is so luxurious, “it changes your whole attitude,” Noah said.

The deep plunging neckline flatters small and large busts. The halter accentuates the oft-ignored shoulders and looks beautiful worn with a flowing skirt for an après-swim cocktail party. This suit is sold at LA Sun & Sport. Add an additional touch of glamour with coordinated brushed gold accessories, here from Jones New York, sold at Macy's.

Trend 6: Monotone

It seems simple, but monotones are a big trend this season and jade is one of our most coveted shades — but it's not easy to find! At LA Sun & Sport, they can't keep greens in on the shelves, they're so popular. This beautiful maillot by Lenny is simple elegance at its finest. And don't be fooled by the leather accents — it's swimmable leather!

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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