• An Empire waist and detailing at the chest balance big hips by drawing the eye up.
• Opt for a built-in tummy control panel or a suit that has significantly more spandex; the Miraclesuit, for instance, has up to three times more than the usual swimsuit.
Swimsuits at left: Royal blue nylon-spandex one-piece, Miraclesuit, $132; cyberswim.com
. White halter nylon-spandex one-piece, Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha, $160; at Eye of the Needle, 561-833-4533.