• A high cut in the leg (but nothing higher than the hip bone) helps heavy thighs look slimmer.
• Leave boy shorts at the storethey make the derriÃ¨re and thighs look bigger.
• Emphasize your top with color blocks, light colors or embellishment at the chestthey’ll draw the eye away from a heavier bottom.
Swimsuits at left: Striped strapless nylon-spandex one-piece, Banana Republic, $88; bananarepublic.com
. Polyamide-elastane one-piece halter, Vix Swimwear, $132; vixswimwear.com