Choosing a two piece swimsuit can be a challenge for many women. Few of us have the bodies we had as teens and even fewer of us have the figures of Victoria’s Secret angels. Last weekend, while talking to a friend about replacing me thirteen year old bathing suit, she dared me to get a two piece swimsuit. Not one to refuse a challenge, I started shopping, determined to find a two piece swimsuit that would be attractive, age appropriate, flattering and easy to wear. As I became more and more aware of the problems encountered in choosing a two piece swimsuit, I decided to share my shopping experience and tidbits of advice with all who might be looking for a two piece swimsuit this spring.
Women who want maximum coverage and support will do well with a tankini. A tankini and briefs or boyshorts offers the support of a built-in bra, covers the midriff and conceals figure flaws with loose styling that hides love handles, tummy bulges and natural creases. Some are made with spaghetti straps, some with traditional adjustable straps, and some with halter ties. The halter ties offer the least support, but are great for sun-lovers who want to bare their backs for a summer tan.
If, like most, you have slightly less than a perfect figure, look for a tankini top that will camouflage it. Ruching is wonderful for covering lines and creases; tiers and ruffles serve both to minimize a large bust and enhance a small one. Front panels, especially those designed with curved sides, can help create the illusion of an hourglass figure. Patterns and prints are more concealing than solid colors and asymmetric stripes can create amazingly slimming looks.
Choose your bottoms carefully. If you want a classic look, briefs are always a good choice. If you want to cover a few lines or bulges, try a sarong, skirted or side-ruched bottom. Women who are very slim look great with tiered or ruffled bottoms. Unless you want to show a little hip, be careful of French cut legs; they rise very high and some woman are uncomfortable wearing them. Side ties are fine, but make sure they never come loose. You may even want to stitch them in place for complete confidence so they will not loosen when you come out of the water.
I found my favorite at Kohl’s. It’s an Apt. 9 turquoise blue bandeaukini top with side ruching and a twisted bodice. It also comes in Tahoe stripe, black and coral rose dot and was reduced from $40 to $28. With matching briefs, it gives the impression of a one piece swimsuit, yet fulfills my dare of wearing a two piece swimsuit. It would be great to buy both a turquoise and a Tahoe stripe top to mix and match with turquoise bottoms or Tahoe stripe and black tops to pair with black bottoms. Sleek, flattering, affordable and age appropriate, I’m ready for the pool!
Plus women shopping for two piece swimsuits will do well to check fullbeauty, Lane Bryant and ELOQUII. They will find suits that are designed to fit well, provide extra support and are styled for the most flattering look. No matter what your size, shape or age, there’s a two piece swimsuit waiting for you. It probably won’t be a bikini, but the rules are different now. Women of all sizes and shapes are wearing bikinis confidently and are unafraid to show their curves. View the slideshow for some swimsuit inspiration from fullbeauty.com. Whatever you choose, make sure you feel amazing in it and aren’t afraid to come out of the water!
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending.