Slimming, sexy and celeb-approved: the little black bikini is fast becoming the LBD of the beachwear world

While we wouldn't call it a trend per se, the LBB (aka Little Black Bikini) is one of summer's MVP. Sure, your leopard print/floral/crochet/colour block varieties are an eye-catching and worthy addition to your swimwear collection, but when you're angling for a cool and chic beach or poolside moment, nothing beats an LBB. And aside from doing wonders for your figure on a fat day, they also work double duty layered under a dress or playsuit for beach-to-bar drinks.

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Look for one with sleek and modern lines that's cut in high-quality Lycra (you know, the kind that doesn't fade after a short spell in the sun or spa). While a halterneck triangle cut is universally flattering for all figures and bust sizes, bustier or strapless styles can give the well-endowed an extra shot of support. Click through our gallery above to see how 28 of our favourite celeb beach babes style their LBB while on vacation. Hint: it's all about finding the right cut (try Eres, Ephemera, Zimmermann and new label Mattheau).

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