No woman wants to be the girl in the Margarita Night vacation pictures wearing a great dress with an unusual neck accessory — tan lines. (And we’ve all been there.) After spending hours working on your fabulous bronze, the last things you want greeting you in the mirror are two stripes on your chest that reveal your “real” color.

This is where the bandeau bikini makes its debut in your suitcase. Here are two of our favorite options, Vix Swimwear’s 2010 Ibiza Bandeau Bikini (left) and Betsey Johnson’s new Hop Bandeau Bikini top (right):

The Ibiza Bandeau Bikini offers more than enough appeal with its trendy snake print detail and all black sexiness while having the right amount of support and coverage in the top. The Hop Bandeau’s signature 50s sock-hop look adorably plays up the bust with polka dot flavor and comes with removable straps that match the super stylish bow in the middle.

Bandeau swimwear is almost always the fail-safe solution to the tan-lines problem. Not only do bandeau tops come in an assortment of styles —twisted, embellished, underwire, etc. — they can flatter every cup size, and the sweetheart shape accentuates the bust in the most complimentary way. As an added bonus, many bandeau swimsuits come with removable straps, so you can go strapless for tan-line prevention, or leave them on for a little extra support and a different look. Perhaps the best part about the bandeau style is its variety: No discrimination here, you can find it sweet-talking bandeau swimsuits in bikini tops, one-piece swimsuits, monokinis and tankinis.

So before planning that ever-needed girls trip, you and your friends should plan a bandeau swimwear intervention and check out this week’s featured swim style.

Ana Lopez

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