You know how much I love to shop for clothes, EXCEPT this one particular garment: The Swimsuit.
I have NEVER liked looking for a swimsuit, even as a teenager. Correction: I don’t mind looking at them, but I DO mind trying them on.
Looking at my unfiltered body in bad lighting is a reality check. I’m good at hiding my flaws, but a bathing suit reveals that I DO have quite a bit of cellulite and that my skin color is purple. I relate to the comedian I heard say “My bottom half looks like when you pop the cardboard tube of refrigerated biscuits.” I buy two full sizes larger in a swim suit than other clothing for that very reason.
But swimsuit prices have taken a plunge, so NOW is the time to shop. I buy one every three years. I start by looking at cover ups because I actually really like those.
After choosing my cover up, I then search for the least offensive suit that would look good peeping out from my cover up.
Note that the cover up stays on whether I am sunning or playing on the beach with my grandchildren.
The cover up comes off a split second before I jump into the water. I make sure a family member or friend is standing at the edge, arms out, holding my cover up or a towel when I emerge from the water.
Since this is my year for shopping for a new swimsuit and they do have some great prices right now, I got busy with my swimwear search and actually liked what I found. Here are a few shopping guidelines:
- Be realistic about how you are going to use your swimsuit. Are you going to sit on the beach or go to a water park? You do not want to be constantly tugging and pulling while trying to look cool and athletic.
- To add volume in certain areas, choose one with ruffles in that area.
- To hide volume, choose a shirred or ruched fabric in a solid color. Don’t do the “boyshorts” look unless you want your hips to look wider.
- Halter tops, triangle tops and bandeau tops make the bust seem wider. If you are pear-shaped and you want to look more hourglass shape, choose one of those styles for the top of your swimsuit.
- To minimize your bust, choose a suit that is cut straight across the top.
- There are tummy trimming and controlling suits. They are styled and made with fabric containing more spandex.
- Regarding color: Pale skin looks good in deep jewel tones and dark skin looks best in bright colors.
Neiman Marcus carries the Magicsuit brand at a very good price point. These suits are designed to slim the midriff, flatter the waistline and support the bust. I especially like that they have built-in bras.
My Theresa is another favorite online shopping site and their designer swimwear is up to 70% off right now.
One of my new favorite sites for swimwear is Anthropologie. I was aware of their many clothing and home accessory options, but recently learned about the many swim and cover up selections.
Check out a gallery of bathing suit inspiration below:
Most of all, LOVE YOURSELF no matter how you think you look in a swimsuit. You are the only one really thinking about it anyway. Spending time outdoors in the summer with people you love is what matters to you and them.
Tell Me: What are your tips for looking your best in swimwear?