Ladies, Suit Yourselves

by Jane Jackson, LPC-Intern

Do you have your suit yet? Swim season is nearly upon us. If you’re wanting to debut a new look at the beach or the pool this summer, then calendar your quest for the suit that best suits you before it’s time to sport it at the pool. You’re less likely to make a poor purchase decision if you’re not in a rush to find the suit just a few days before you need it. So take a breath, shop online for ideas first, have a plan, and get started before the Coppertone hits the shelves.

If you’re one of the many women who can get a good workout in just trying on swimwear, then consider these suggestions before hitting the dressing room.

Most of us are not the same size all over, so if your north half and south half don’t quite line up with what the Jantzen maillot has to offer, then consider the mix and match options that a two-piece. Varieties in styles for top and bottom give you many different options from which to choose.

If you’re big-busted, then consider a structured minimizer one piece like those made by Miraclesuit. They cost more, but it’s like packing the structure and sturdiness of your favorite bra and into your swimsuit (whether as underwire or molded cups). L.L.Bean is a great source for coverage-maximizing swimwear. Check out their swim dresses and swim shorts, as well as skirted bottoms.

For those who are smaller on top, padded cups can boost the bustline. Halter tops create an enhanced bust as well. Go for an asymmetrical strap that emphasizes the shoulders and chest, like this one by Nautica at Swimspot is a great website featuring a variety of designers, but they also have a fit specialist tab, where you can choose your body type from real body photos, not silhouette drawings of different shapes. Top and bottom options are then given from least to greatest amount of coverage. If it’s hips you need to hide, check out the sarong swimsuits by Carol Wior. There are plenty of swim dresses and skirts out there at L.L. Bean and drapey, camouflaging tankini tops at Swimspot. Remember sometimes it’s more about featuring your assets than hiding your challenge areas.

If hearty describes your shape, ok, plus size, then go for lighter colors up top, and darker on the bottom. Yes, Virginia, Spanx does make a swimsuit, and if you got a return on your income taxes this year, maybe you can spring for one of these very attractive, yet hard-working one pieces. Look for vertical detailing that slenderizes your figure while the shapewear fabric keeps everything smooth.

Remember, a good-fitting suit should stay where you put it, cover what you need covered, and move with you wherever you move. In addition to those mentioned above, check out the swimwear made by these brands: Nanette Lepore, Tara Grinna, Old Navy, J Crew, and Athleta.




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