Writing swimsuit posts always makes me cranky, 2018 edition

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solid swim

Actually, this year I didn’t go to nearly as dark a place as I typically do looking at swimsuits, I think because there is no shortage of really cute, wearable options available right now that it almost makes the prospect of looking for one exciting. Almost. I am reasonably at peace with my body and its flaws, but nothing throws those flaws into sharper relief than trying on swimsuits in a poorly lit department store dressing room with unflattering mirrors, so I make all my purchases online: far better to have to deal with the pain in the ass of making a return than to endure the former. And with that thought in mind, let’s look at some suits: I like the bustier detail here: it’s just the right amount of fashiony.

la blanca

Strategic ruching keeps this one flattering.

nina swim

I typically avoid horizontal stripes in a swimsuit because they tend to widen one, but this red, white, and blue number is so well-cut that I still think it would look really good on.

miraclesuit

This is made of some magical material that holds in your stomach, and I like the Grecian vibe of the design.

ganni swim

The smocking at the bustline here is so cute.

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A polka-dotted halter suit is so excellently retroish.

lace swim

I usually don’t go in for lace-up anything, but it’s so well-executed here that I totally would.

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And here’s a lace-up in extended sizes.

becca swim

This looks pretty bare without really exposing anything much.

mio swim

Diagonal stripes are kind of fun and new wave, and definitely slimming too.

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Just a good classic tank suit.

army swim

I dig the army green and thin straps here.

kiini swim

I used to own this embroidered suit (and I’ve shown it to you before, I’m pretty sure) but the dog chewed it up. Now that it’s marked down I am tempted to (but probably won’t) spring for another, because it is so damn cute.

hoffman swim

The colorblocking here is bold without being too much.

stripe swim

This is rather spendy, but I think it’s just about the chicest thing ever.

tavik swim

And finally: I like the idea of a plunging neckline that doesn’t plunge too perilously deep.

 

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26 Thoughts on Writing swimsuit posts always makes me cranky, 2018 edition
    c.w.
    2 Jul 2018
    9:12am

    One of the downsides of living near an ocean beach in the summer (and, yes, I do know how privileged that sounds, but it took me 41 years to get here so you can judge me, but only a little bit) is observing too many inappropriately bathing suited GOCA bodies. I’m first in line to tell women to wear-what-you-want no matter what your age or body type, but for me I do NOT want to expose large segments my 66-year-old behind to the world at large––this is just me. This year for the first time ever I bought a tankini that has both a bikini bottom and a boy-short bottom. The suit was made with female surfers in mind and the boy-short bottom covers all the saggy cellulite-ty bits. For the first time in six years I feel like I can go to the beach in my boy shorts and look cute/sexy/fashionable. It’s a f$%king revelation.

    I would wear that adorable navy one-piece lace-up in a heartbeat!

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      sbe
      2 Jul 2018
      11:15am

      Do you mind sharing the brand/style of the boy shorts you purchased?

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        c.w.
        2 Jul 2018
        11:56am

        Title 9 is the store. The brand is Carve. The photo online (or in the catalogue) makes them look skimpier than they are on my body.

        https://www.titlenine.com/product/boy-brief-womens-swim-short-609282.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search

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          sbe
          2 Jul 2018
          12:33pm

          Cute! Thank you. Just the type of coverage I need.

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      Maggie
      2 Jul 2018
      9:03pm

      Your post made me laugh, because I totally have the opposite response. I live in a hipster neighborhood where the only women who ever seem to go to our local beach are young and toned to the high heavens. When I go home to visit my mom in Florida, I revel in being able to let it all hang out among women whose ages and bodies are more like my own.

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    joannawnyc
    2 Jul 2018
    10:17am

    Polka dot halter suit is a retro pinup classic that I’ve worn in many iterations over the decades!

    My current suits are from Fantasie (UK lingerie & swimsuits) — a black bustier-style tankini top (with drawstrings to adjust length)and highwaist bottoms in both solid black and black with white polka dots and a black/gold metallic bra top to wear with the high-waist black bottoms when I’m feeling brave.

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    Mae
    2 Jul 2018
    11:09am

    Black swimsuits make me sweat like a whore in church.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Jul 2018
      12:00am

      I learned this lesson the hard way.

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    Andrea
    2 Jul 2018
    12:14pm

    Everyone should scoot over to Summersalt to check out their offerings. Functional, fashionable, made from recycled materials, and nothing clocks in over $95.

    I treated myself to the Swan Dive style last year and wore it into the ground — still looks like the day I pulled it out of the bag. I’m long-torsoed with a DD/E chest, so finding a style that was supportive and well-fitting felt like a miracle moment.

    Lastly, since online shopping can be hit-or-miss with swimsuits, they offer home try-on packs where you can select multiple sizes/styles/colors, try them on at home, and only pay for what you keep.

    https://www.summersalt.com/

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      Alexa
      2 Jul 2018
      7:39pm

      Thanks for the tip. I may have found my next suit : )

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Jul 2018
      12:03am

      I received a flier in the mail with Summersalt’s chic & cute offerings. It’s the first time I’ve seen the brand. I might try it because of the long torso issue. Thanks, Andrea!

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    sk
    2 Jul 2018
    12:42pm

    I have the La Blanca suit (second one in your list) in black, and I can attest that it has magical properties that make one look more svelte and flat in the stomach. I normally hate wearing swimsuits and it is making me excited to do so. And the price for the quality is great. Happy that you picked my new summer suit as one of your picks!

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      sk
      2 Jul 2018
      12:44pm

      Oh and by the way, I LOVE the first suit in your list. So chic. Might have to stalk it online and see if I can snag it at the end of the summer on sale.

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    SC
    2 Jul 2018
    12:55pm

    I look for models with BOOBS. I have d-cup – half of what I buy has my girls falling out in obscene ways bc they are being modeled online by A cups models.

    Plunging front might as well be me topless. Too much sunscreen ; )

    I just got a cute army green, lace up front that is sexy but manageable at target. I literally about like 12 suits at the store, took them home to try on in the comfort of my own home, kept two and took the rest back. Win!

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    Kathi
    2 Jul 2018
    1:12pm

    Thank you for including some from Swimsuits for All. I have two from them and can attest to the quality and style. Being a D cup needing solid support and some thigh coverage, they have a great selection for me. I also have one of their cover ups that doubles as a dress!

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    Laurel
    2 Jul 2018
    2:30pm

    Being of the loooong torso clan, I am all about the tankini. I wish I could find a one piece long enough, but alas even those made for “long” torsos have been too short on me.

    I’ve been super pleased with everything I’ve gotten from Swimsuits For All. I’ve also heard good things about Torrid’s offerings, but haven’t tried them.

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      Michele
      3 Jul 2018
      6:34pm

      Yessssss, this! I’m in the short torso club and cannot wear a 1-piece for my life. Love, love, love tankini’s. Please show some tankini’s next time, please, please?

      My favorite tankini fit is Gotex, btw. I’ve tried Swimsuits For All and they’re not exactly quite quite on me.

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      Michele
      3 Jul 2018
      6:38pm

      Yessssss, this! I’m in the short torso club and cannot wear a 1-piece for my life. Love, love, love tankini’s. Please show some tankini’s next time, please, please?

      My favorite tankini fit is Gotex, btw. I’ve tried Swimsuits For All and they’re not exactly quite quite on me.

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    Rachel
    2 Jul 2018
    6:24pm

    Sadly, most of those great suits I just can’t wear without breast support.

    I bought this Malia Mills one-piece last year — super splurge for me — in a great color. The fit was great and my D-cups were held well without underwires.

    https://www.maliamills.com/collections/swimwear-maillots/products/bra-size-swimwear-maillots-beach-party-bandeau?variant=8715239751799

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    Gablesgirl
    2 Jul 2018
    6:50pm

    I am still wearing a bikini. I wear one pieces, too and these are great! Does anyone still wear a two-piece?

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      Valleyoftheshoes
      2 Jul 2018
      9:12pm

      I still wear bikinis for two reasons. I have a long torso and small chest so one piece suits look unflattering and are uncomfortable to wear. Also, I can’t stand the feeling of wet material on my stomach and back (no idea why). I think it’s two-piece for life for me, maybe added with a rash guard with a high UPF when I’m dry.

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      EMM
      3 Jul 2018
      9:42am

      I do. My core is pretty strong and firm, but I have a little lower-abdominal pooch from my c-section scar that is very obvious in a one-piece but not a two-piece. I’m growing up backwards, because I wore only one-pieces in my 20s and now wear bikinis in my 50s. 😉

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      Trixie
      3 Jul 2018
      11:16am

      Two pieces for me too. I have a very long torso and big boobs and one piece sizing has always been challenging. Also like being able to buy the parts of a two piece separately.

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      moi
      3 Jul 2018
      10:11pm

      I do. They work best on my long-torsoed, pear-shaped body. I do buy one pieces for swimming laps, but have yet to find one that’s all that flattering—and they are always a little “strangely.”

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    Mamavalveeta03
    2 Jul 2018
    11:53pm

    Always a one-piece, never a bikini for me…I don’t want to scare small children at the beach. And all I can say is, “Bring on the ruching!”

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    liz
    5 Jul 2018
    12:52pm

    All beautiful and very flattering to our middle aged bodies.

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