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We loved the minimal whites on the spring/summer 2011 runways –- especially combined with the clean, crisp lines and ethereal, flowing silhouettes seen in the collections of Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Derek Lam and countless other designers.

But there's one white trend we've been more hesitant to embrace: the white bikini.

Since photos of Kate (now Duchess Catherine) and Pippa Middleton recently surfaced, depicting the stylish -- and enviably svelte -- sisters frolicking in a boat off the coast of Ibiza in matching white-hot two-pieces, however, we've decided we're game to try out the hard-to-wear look.

For a confidence boost, we phoned Malia Mills specialist Nikki Serianni at the brand's Lexington Avenue outpost on New York City's Upper East Side. "Any style is going to be flattering in a white bikini as long as you're comfortable in it," Serianni advised. "It just needs to really fit you the way you want it to fit you. White is one of the sexiest bikinis out there."

Here, more tips on how to flaunt a white bikini, without clinging to your cover-up.

1. One of the more flattering aspects of wearing white is that it shows off a golden tan more than any other hue. So make sure you're summer-ready with a stellar bronzer. We recommend amping up a summer glow with a shimmering lotion like Scott Barnes' Body Bling or Borghese's All Over Body Bronzer.

2. Avoid suits with paper-thin fabrics that border on see-through. "The one thing I'd do when buying one is make sure it's lined properly and ask if anyone has said it's sheer. At Malia Mills, we always test suits for sheerness and we put tags on them saying 'sheer alert' to let you know it could get sheer," says Serianni. She also suggests, "Look for the lining. Heavy cottons sometimes aren't as sheer; if you can get really great lycra it may not be really sheer either." A ruffled style, like this Michael Kors bandeau, in cream, offers sufficient layers. For a wallet-friendly alternative, opt for this American Eagle number.

3. Likewise, go for ample coverage on bottom. We love how this Kors design features peekaboo lattice straps for a flirty touch without skimping on material in key areas. Or, as Serianni points out, "You can go beyond and wear a white high-waisted bottom with a black top and it's really chic -- very South of France." She also proposes opting for a funky tie-dye print suit, like those sold at Malia Mills, for anyone not sold on a monochrome white look.

4. While advice on choosing the right suit for different body types tends to focus on colors and patterns, the rules of what makes a cut flattering still stand. Go for a bandeau top if you're small busted, a halter to show off toned shoulders, and a tankini if you lack a midriffs like the Middletons'.

5. Find a killer fitness routine to tone your posterior. And if all else fails, there's always butt-lifting surgery.