With one of the retro-style swimsuits offered by retailers this spring, you can make a glamorous entrance at the beach or the pool, even if it's in your own back yard.
Make the most of your curves with high-waisted bottoms and halter bra tops with a vintage silhouette. Think '40s and '50s Hollywood.
For something a little less revealing, try one of the easy-to-wear halter-top one-piece suits.
For an international flair, the new Africa collection from online retailer ASOS features traditional East African patterns and fun rhino prints. Pieces are produced in collaboration with several small communities in Africa to help to sustain local businesses, the company says.
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One-piece styles include the polka-dot Rialto from Miraclesuit ($160 at Macy's), featuring ruching, side boning and spandex for a sleek look. A shirred halter swimsuit from Suddenly Slim by Catalina ($33 at Wal-Mart) offers easy-to-wear vintage style with broad straps and a fit that sits lower on the hips.
For those who need a little encouragement before donning new swimwear, National Swimsuit Confidence Week is May 21 to 25.
Lands' End and Self magazine are partnering with Curvy Girl Guide (Curvygirlguide.com) and Beyond the Boobie Trap, a support community for breast cancer survivors, for the campaign, which celebrates women of all shapes and sizes.
To kick off the week, Curvy Girl writers and breast cancer survivors from Beyond the Boobie Trap will pose in swimsuits at Facebook.com/landsend.