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.
Strategic ruching keeps this one flattering.
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.
This is made of some magical material that holds in your stomach, and I like the Grecian vibe of the design.
The smocking at the bustline here is so cute.
A polka-dotted halter suit is so excellently retroish.
I usually don’t go in for lace-up anything, but it’s so well-executed here that I totally would.
And here’s a lace-up in extended sizes.
This looks pretty bare without really exposing anything much.
Diagonal stripes are kind of fun and new wave, and definitely slimming too.
Just a good classic tank suit.
I dig the army green and thin straps here.
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.
The colorblocking here is bold without being too much.
This is rather spendy, but I think it’s just about the chicest thing ever.
And finally: I like the idea of a plunging neckline that doesn’t plunge too perilously deep.