R&R Sophisticate: Sexy Swimsuits Minus The Wardrobe Malfunctions

Clockwise from top: Black crochet swimsuit, Catherine Malandrino($97.50 @Net-A-Porter.com); Blue print bikini, Mara Hoffman ($275 @Net-A-Porter.com);Leopard one piece($54 @Newport News); Peach ruffle monokini ($51 @Victoria's Secret)

Swimsuits are probably one of the hardest (if not THE hardest) pieces of your wardrobe to buy simply because there are so many factors to consider if you want the perfect suit for you. It has to have the delicate balance of sexy but not strumpet, respectful but not matronly, and sophisticated but comfortable. Nothing is worse that seeing 30 plus year old women in candy colored swimsuits from the juniors section or my ultimate peeve, someone who makes no effort and settles for a generic black one piece under a sloppy t shirt. Swimwear doesn't have to be agonizing. Like any other piece of clothing, it must fall in line with your personal style and lifestyle. Moms with small children and water lovers shouldn't choose suits with lots of beading, fringe, or other items that might get in your way. Those of us with large bosoms ( mom's word) might want to stay away from a strapless piece that will have to be yanked up constantly. My favorite of these four suits is the blue Aztec print balconette by Mara Hoffman. I love ethnic prints, and the balconette style top seems like it would be fuss free. Here's a formula that might help with your swimsuit quest: PERSONALITY + PRACTICALITY = PERFECT SWIMSUIT.