This week in New York City the meteorologists are predicting highs of mid to high 70's, and we're excitedly pulling out our sundresses, having dreams of beach trips and sunny summer days.

As you gear up for the summer, you're thinking about (and possibly dreading) swimsuit season. Well, we've got good news for you: there are tons of ways to look thinner in your bathing suit, even if you haven't yet had the chance to shed those extra pounds you've been meaning to lose!

From choosing the right suit -- both in color/pattern and shape -- to the way you stand and wear your hair, click through the gallery above to see how you can look your absolute best when you hit the beach this year.