We all have our “list”. Our insecurities that give us minor little heart palpitations when we think about swimsuit season. A list that we can rattle off like groceries – love handles, arm fat, too busty, boobless, saggy skin, you name it. And it’s no wonder especially since our pre-baby bodies have been inflated, deflated, pooched, puckered, streaked – you name it. And maybe our bikini years are gone – or at least on hold until we have recovered from the postpartum days – (which might be when our kids are in school and we actually have time to work out again), but in my recent trip to Miami where everyone, all shapes and sizes, wears the skimpiest of the skimpy, I realized that a. a little bit of confidence goes a along way, b. curves are beautiful, and c. nobody else really cares. I repeat. Nobody. Else. Really. Cares. So my theory? If you like it, wear it. Better yet: Own it. Okay, so that’s tonight’s pep talk.
And I know you are thinking, well, you don’t have curves so who are you to speak on the matter? And this I know, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have my list.
1. Stretch mark/scar looking thing right through the belly button.
2. Bulging (and painful) varicose veins.
3. Boobs and lack thereof.
Like I said. We all have our list.
So if you are not ready to bare the belly this summer, it doesn’t mean you still can’t look sexy. In fact, there are some one piece swimsuits out there that have major wow-factor. Like this one that I posted on Facebook and we were all dying over. We’ve come a long way, ladies; these are not your mother’s swimsuits. Oh, and a lot are on sale right now so click through for the accurate prices (i.e J.Crew is having 30% off swim right now and Anthro is having free shipping etc..)
Perfect for: Hiding stretch marks/saggy skin, smaller chests, camoflauging a flabby tummy (click arrows to view all suits)
Perfect for: controlling love handles, wider hips, drawing attention upward
Perfect for: drawing attention to your “assets”, controlling tummy and hips
And so I thought I would test the waters for you guys (no pun intended) and should try some on for size/fit/feel etc… because most retailers keep their swim online only – and a crazy tidbit I learned in my research – it’s because swimsuits don’t look great on a hanger! Especially one pieces. Anyway, here are a few I tested out.
My thoughts? One, three and five had SERIOUS tummy control (number 3 is one of those Miracle Suits that makes you look 10 pounds thinner).
Number one makes your waist look slimmer and loved the padded top (also comes with detachable strap). And wow factor 😉
Number two didn’t leave much to the imagination, but great for someone who wants to cover their belly for whatever reason on their list. The material was a bit thinner than the black suits.
Number three would be flattering on just about anyone! The asymmetrical design chisels away your waist and the top has great support for bigger busts. I didn’t have that issue, obviously.
Number four is just fun. It was $25 from Target so I bought it for my Miami trip. Runs small.
Number five is actually great for small chests. If you have boobs you will probably bust out of this one, but this one actually makes me look like I have more than I really do. The back is a little racy ;)… so yeah. Not pictured.
Ok and if you have gotten to this point and you are thinking, these are great and all, but I need more material, I have a roundup of foolproof suits below. Don’t you worry 😉
Okay. Wow. that was a lot of swimwear. What did you think? Any contenders for this summer? Let me know if you have questions about fit or areas you want to flaunt/conceal! My sister was in this biz so she has all the answers. Oh, and in my experience if the suit sells by dress size, I usually go one size up.
And one more time here they are all laid out for ya: