As a pencil-shaped gal, it's important to look for styles that will add some femininity and shape to your figure.

Your slim physique grants you the freedom to go wild with embellishments like ruffles, jewels, frills, and bows — all of which will add a bit more curve and dimension to your narrow frame.

To enhance your small bust, chose bikini tops with a bit of padding and push-up support. Triangle shapes and bandeau styles are also go-to choices to play up your bust-region. To accentuate the hips, look for bottoms with ruffles, belts, or side-ties.

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A strapless top paired with a detailed bottom is a great combination to enhance the hips (not to mention a great way to avoid tan-lines!).

For one-peice suits, looks for cut-out styles that cutaway at the waist to create the illusion of a curvy silhouette.

You should avoid vertical stripes as this will make you look extra long and shapeless.

Dark colors should also be avoided — there is no need to minimize your figure so go for bright, bold shades that really catch the eye and play up your figure.

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Sabrina Newman is a fashion writer and the creator of ANewMode.com, a blog dedicated to style, beauty and relationship advice. Stop by A New Mode for the latest and greatest fashion and lifestyle tips!