Memorial Day is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: swimsuit season. This year my family is joining the neighborhood pool, so I’ll be wearing a swimsuit more in one summer than I have in a very long time–and I need to expand my swimwear wardrobe accordingly.
Time to go swimsuit shopping! But what kind to buy? Susan of the Working Closet recently wrote a post on TLC’s Parentables blog in which she explained why she was buying–and wearing–bikinis this year. A mom! In a bikini! Brave woman, I thought. But she made good points about why they were a practical option for her.
So I got inspired; if another mom north of 40 (cough cough) could do it, so could I! And then I tried several on and remembered why I wear one pieces in the first place. I may be in decent shape overall, but there are parts of my abdomen I’m just not interested in sharing with the world. So long, bikini dream.
The important thing, and I think Susan would agree, is to buy and wear swimsuits that make you look good and feel good. And if that translates to a one-piece or a tankini, then ladies, that’s OK.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you must go to the pool or to the beach looking more grandma than Hot Mama. In fact, it’s absolutely possible to look sexy in a swimsuit without wearing a bikini. Here’s how.
5 ways to look great in a swimsuit with coverage
1. Show some flesh anyway. The opposite of a bikini isn’t a full-body scuba suit. There are tankini styles that aren’t completely body covering. Cover up the parts of your body you want to disguise and flaunt the rest!
2. Balance the bottom and the top. For example, if your suit has a lot more coverage on the bottom, such as a swim skirt or even swim shorts, then bare more on the top. Think V-neck or halter or even a strapless top.
3. Take a walk on the wild side. Look for a one-piece swimsuit with cutouts in the torso for a sexy glimpse of skin without revealing all. Some styles even look like a bikini with a connecting–and covering–strip of fabric down the middle of the torso, giving your belly a little bit more of an alibi while the rest of your silhouette reads “two-piece.”
4. Keep it sleek. A one-piece swimsuit is most aging when it gets fussy with too many ruffles, shirring, or folds. Think of a pro swimmer’s suit and brands like Speedo.
5. Add some flair. Look for a one-piece swimsuit that has visual interest: a one-shoulder cut, metallic fabric, a beautiful print. Or try a retro style suit for glamour, style and coverage; Modcloth and Etsy carry several in this vein.
As for me, if I had the coin (and if they had my size), I’d splurge on this beautiful printed Missoni tank. To die!
What to buy
$96 - theoutnet.com
$68 - bodenusa.com
$225 - net-a-porter.com
$54 - asos.com
$113 – asos.com
$55 - oldnavy.gap.com
Beach Blanket Bingo One Piece in Red
$90 - modcloth.com
$55 - oldnavy.gap.com
$60 - topshop.com
$80 - theoutnet.com
- Are you a bikini or tankini girl?
- What’s your favorite swimsuit brand?
- How do you look sexy at the beach in your one-piece suit?
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