Bathing suit trends Summer 2009

You can breathe a sigh of relief this summer if you are one of those women who hate putting on a bikini! Despite the lurking dangers of unflattering tan lines, Paris Hilton and her fellow exotic vacation loving celebs have brought a major swimwear trend back this summer - the one-piece bathing suit. Black dominates the racks this year, but interesting cuts and designs create the visual interest so often lost where colour is lacking. Take a look through this photo gallery for some of the hottest poolside looks for summer 2009.

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The Monokini

This sexy creation is the closest a 1-piece will ever come to looking like its bikini cousin. The monokini is easily recognizable by its stomach-baring cutouts and while it may not be appealing on the hanger, it “brings sexy back” to a beach bod!

The Colour Purple

Get noticed in a splash of saturated colour. Designs like this one hide a multitude of sins: the halter provides extra support for a larger bust while the gathers visually diminish it, and the cross-over design on the torso gives the illusion of a smaller waist and tighter tummy.

Be a “Trickster”

Designs like this 5-in-1 bandeau swimsuit create a more aesthetic tan line, and by adjusting the straps for added support, you will not only give yourself a new look but the confidence to join a volley ball game – sans wardrobe malfunctions!

Nautical Notion

Stripes still rule, but step outside the nautical tradition with summer brights. Look for oranges, yellows, and reds – or a mix of the three!

Prima Ballerina

A lowered cut on the leg and clean lines through the neck, are elements that channel the simple leotard. As the inspiration may suggest, this design will look exceptional on the lean frame of a dancer.

Hot Mamma

Fashion forward features like this keyhole neck and decorative belt buckle not only flatter the waist, but also make it easy to dress for lunch by donning a simple pair of linen pants!

Flattering Florals

Exotic floral prints can trick the eye in a number of complimentary ways: a floral top will enhance the bust while a floral bottom will balance out larger shoulders, and the use of a concave floral shape like this one creates the illusion of a minimized waist.

Full Figure Fabulous

While the 1-piece has been the go-to choice for many plus-size women, designers are getting smarter about their designs and the invisible support elements that they can construct into plus-size bathing suits.

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