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Summer Bikini Trends and Comfort

Suddenly summer is upon us and it's time to start donning your swimming suit. Those who worked out this winter and stayed in shape can show off all they want in a little bikini. But for those who want more coverage, there's a large selection of tankinis, long tops -- some that are flared -- with boy-leg shorts.

Most manufacturers now offer two-piece bathing suits with the tops and bottoms priced separately, allowing a customized fit.

"The one-piece swimsuits with cutouts are selling well," said Vickie Smith, who works in the swimwear department at Dillard's in Wichita, Kan.

She also said that the tankini styles that are categorized by bra size are selling well "because getting a top to fit can be the biggest problem some women have when it comes to buying a swimsuit."

Clare Brown, head of buying at, an online swimwear shopping site, says "bright colors -- a trend that reinvents itself every year -- include zingy greens joining last summer's corals and lemons."

Metallic fabrics, animal prints and every size of polka dots you can imagine are other trends you'll see.

Swimwear featuring lingerie touches such as lace, bustier styling and ribbon trims are very feminine.

Turquoise blue is one of the hottest saturated colors for swimwear and beach accessories this year. But don't be surprised to see a wide range of brown shades, usually accented with brights.

"Retro looks such as high-waisted briefs are key for the summer. The one-piece is making a big return -- from revealing high-fashion cutaways to sophisticated, figure-flattering suits," Brown said.

Frilly and feminine, or sleek and sporty, there's a swimsuit that will take you poolside through the summer.

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