Wouldn’t it be great if we were all tall, skinny, toned and able to look great in an itsy bitsy bikini? While Giselle Bundchen and Kate Upton may look great at the pool, for the rest of us, donning a swimsuit invokes the sort of dread we reserve for the root canal specialist. Let’s face it, when put on our bathing suits, any and all figure problems we might have are out there for the world to see. There’s a ray of sunshine, however — not all swimsuits are created equal. Some will squish in our tummies and derrieres a bit; other bathing suits will be in colors that don’t accentuate our figure flaws. So, don’t despair, there’s room for hope with this season’s figure-flattering swimsuit styles:
Tried-and-true Lands’ End comes to the rescue with several styles that will flatten your tummy, conceal your thighs, and camouflage and slim unsightly figure flaws. Take this slender suit ruffle cascade one-piece swimsuit for instance. It’s feminine; it’s frilly, and its Slendertex® fabric will tame your tummy area while the sweetheart neckline draws attention to your bust. The swimsuit comes in black and wild grape. Suggested retail price: $129 + shipping.
For big thighs, there’s this beautiful Women’s Regular Beach Living Halter Dresskini Top that doubles as a swimdress. An added bonus: the top is great for bathroom trips. The Dresskini comes in black and red. Suggested retail price: $69 + shipping.
Here’s a pretty swim dress from Blair. The swim dress covers hips and upper thighs while the tummy control panel and empire waist make your waistline look smaller. The swimsuit has a print bodice and black skirt. Suggested retail price: $59.99 – $68.99 + shipping.
Femininity and modesty are assured with this boy-leg swimsuit that features an elastic waist, self-tie bet and tummy trimmer powernet lining. The swimsuit comes in four different print styles and black. Suggested retail price: $49.99 – $56.99 + shipping.
The Anchor-Print Faux-Kini Miraclesuit® also claims to make its wearers look “ten pounds lighter in ten seconds,” provides full coverage for the derriere, and has a faux tankini top that helps hide tummies. The Miraclesuit® is available exclusively at Talbots and sells for $150.00 + shipping.
Leave it to plus-size clothing retailer Lane Bryant to sell a colorful striped halter tankini top by COCOS Swim. The pink and multistripe swimsuit features a deep V-neck and convertible straps. Suggested retail price: $44.50 + shipping.