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Bare a little less for swimsuit season


Less isn’t more this season: High-waisted swimsuit bottoms are making a splash.

Nanette Lepore’s designs have reverted back about 60 years. Made popular by a group of shamelessly risqué Frenchies and Brigitte Bardot, the bikini found its way into the pinup world and, eventually, American wardrobes. Now Lepore, whose two-piece take from New York Fashion Week is seen here, and other swimwear designers are indulging in this retro treat.

Unlike low-slung, teeny bikinis, high-waisted, brief-bottom designs are practical and offer greater midriff coverage. Paired with a thick-strapped, supportive top, you won’t have to constantly tug and adjust.

“It can camouflage extra tummy flab, especially if you just had a baby, and it elongates you,” said Kelly Bietka, merchandise buyer for Swim Quik. “It’s a style that can be flattering whether you’re 25 or 45.”

If you’re still worried about making your poolside debut, stick with bold patterns or dark colors. Lepore’s “Provence Rose” pattern is a great distracter, taking attention away from trouble spots.

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