Fashion: Back From The Bikini Brink

As time goes by, baby boomers opt for a discreet cover-up

Talk about your nerve-jangling summer adventures. No, not Batman or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. For many women, it's those countless forays into the dressing room in search of a bathing suit that won't expose every bulge or sag. This summer, however, has provided some relief from the unforgiving itsy- bitsy bikini. Enter the fashionable swimsuit.

New swimwear is revealing less, not more, of the skin and using an array of design and construction tricks to camouflage body flaws. Higher necklines and underwire bras help disguise a large bust; ruffles and other upper-body froufrous distract from a small one. Lower-cut...

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