Tips to Look 10 Pounds Skinnier in Swimsuits This Summer

4 Tips for Finding Swimwear that Slims Figures

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4 Tips for Finding Swimwear that Slims Figures

It's summertime, and people are hitting beaches, pools and parks. For some of us, it's also time to hit the mall for a swimsuit that will cover up body parts we're not too secure about.

As we shop, we may wonder: which swimsuit will give the perfect fit?

Lori Bergamotto, style editor for Lucky magazine, helped "Good Morning America"'s Tai Hernandez shop for swimsuits at Bloomingdale's in New York City.

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Bergamotto shared four style tips and tricks that every swimsuit shopper should know.

"There areā€¦ tricks of fabric and of design that will instantly make you look about five to 10 pounds thinner," she said.

Tips 1: Color Blocking

Color blocking is a way to create an optical illusion - of curves or slenderness - on your body through the use of strategically placed blocks of color. If you want to create an hourglass figure, pick a suit that has black down the middle and another color on the side panels. Adding a belt can also shave pounds off instantly.

Tip 2: Ruching

Ruching - or gathered fabric - on a suit can give the appearance of fullness where you want it. So if you want to have a bigger bustline, pick a suit with a ruched bustline. Another way to modify the bustline is to wear a lighter color on top and fade down to something that's darker on the bottom. If you want to minimize your bustline, wear the colors in reverse.

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Tip 3: Halters Work

Think Marilyn Monroe in her iconic white halter dress. Bergamotto says halters are great for the woman who is a little bustier. A halter suit with a deep "V" plunging bustline can be very flattering because it gives adequate coverage and support, but flatters the cleavage as well, Bergamotto said.

Tip 4: Try a Two-Piece

Believe it or not, a two-piece can actually be slimming. For those who are trying to create the illusion of longer legs, the best way to do that is to try a suit bottom with a higher cut so you're showing more of your thighs.

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