Women’s collective fear of swimwear shopping has become a cliche: Everyone knows that the average gal enjoys searching for a new bikini about as much as she enjoys major dental work. But if your old suit is looking battered and you opt to brave the shops this season, you’ll find a wealth of new styles available in a huge variety of sizes. And a few key tips can make this traditionally painful shopping process far less traumatic.
FEAR NOT THE TWO-PIECE
One-piece swimsuits are considered more modest, but they can cause uncomfortable fit issues on some figures: If you’re long in the torso, these suits may pull at the crotch or dig into the shoulders. If you’re short in the torso, these suits may bunch up at the bust or in the midsection or even sag off your rear end. Two-pieces allow for more flexibility, especially for long- and short-waisted women but also for anyone whose top half is substantially smaller or larger than her bottom. With a one-piece, you’re stuck with manufacturer notions of size. With a two-piece, you can buy a medium top and extra-large bottom to suit your unique proportions. (Or any combination, of course.) And you needn’t stick to skimpy string bikinis! With the advent of tankinis – suits with traditional bikini bottoms and tank-style tops – you can still get plenty of coverage.
SUPPORT IS KEY
Women with small busts can sometimes rely on well-constructed bikini tops or built-in shelf bras to flatter their figures. But women with larger busts frequently need more support to look their best and feel comfortable while swimming and sunning. In some cases, a suit with underwire will do the trick, but there are also specialty suits designed to support sizable busts. If you need more support, beware of unstructured one-piece suits which may squish breasts uncomfortably and halter styles which can pull and ride up.
Swim skirts offer more coverage for women who are self-conscious about their bottom halves, and have become popular in recent years for swimmers who prefer a less revealing look. But these skirts are typically quite short and can hit thighs at their widest point, making them appear wider. (This may or may not matter to you personally. All down to your own figure-flattery priorities.) Board shorts are a great alternative, especially if you favor a sporty look. They can be as long as Bermudas but come in a variety of lengths, and can be worn with a bikini or tankini top or over a one-piece suit.
IN THE SAME BOAT
Swimwear shopping tweaks self-image issues for many women, and this can keep us from hitting the beach. At all. Although finding a fun and flattering suit can be challenging, the market has more to offer now than ever before. If you haven’t looked lately, look again. And a key point to remember is this: Everyone is self-conscious in a swimsuit, even tanned and toned celebrities. Try not to let fear of judgment keep you from indulging in some summery fun!
Wondering where to find your next new suit? Here are some shopping resources:
This retailer has the a huge selection of speciality sizes including petite, tall, plus, and petite plus. They’ve even got cup sizes to DDD and suits designed for women who have had mastectomies. Bikinis, tankinis, maillots, swim shorts, and swim skirts are all available in prints and solids.
Although this website focuses on lingerie, it also offers supportive swimwear options from gold-standard bra companies like Freya. You’ll find underwire options in one-piece and two-piece designs as well as swimwear that is sized based on bra cup and band measurements.
The name is a bit misleading, as this site stocks from 8 – 34, but that’s still a fabulous selection of sizes. Many of you have heard about the collaboration with blogger Gabifresh, but this site has dozens of styles that are fun, comfortable, and offer a variety of coverage levels.
With swim shorts in a variety of styles and lengths, this sportswear company also stocks bikinis, tankinis, and one-piece options in bold colors and eye-catching prints. Sizing runs a bit small, so check size charts before buying.
Image courtesy Swimsuits for All
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Originally posted 2013-06-20 06:22:18.