How to shop for: swimsuits

Shopping for a swimsuit sucks. It really does. I hate it, my friends hate it, and so forth.

But it’s something you kind of have to suck up and do once in a while.

Thankfully, the one-piece is back with a vengeance, especially ‘maillot’ styles from back in the day. This is great news, as they cover parts you want covered and still look really good.

Lots of companies are also making suits that have built-in body shapers.  They don’t look dowdy, they’re not super-expensive, and they keep everything in place.

There are websites that offer great options (FigLeaves – Miraclesuit, SeaSpray, Bare Necessities – Spanx Swim, Tommy Bahama,  ShapeFX – its own brand) for brave online shoppers, but to be frank, I believe you should go to the store and try on the suit before committing. Take a sedative beforehand if necessary.

[above: some Macy’s picks – click on the image for details]

Macy’s carries good brands for shape control: Jantzen, La Blanca, Fantasizer, Miraclesuit. And there’s an option on the website to find the suit you like in the store.

Look for ruching in the middle – it will camouflage tummy, supportive straps to keep your boobs up, and a bottom somewhere between boy short and high-cut. Either extreme will be unflattering to the leg. (You may have heard that higher-cuts elongate the leg, but if you go too high, you lose coverage in the butt.)

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