35 responses

  1. travelingchristi
    June 12, 2014

    Over the years, I have found the best swimsuits in shops in my vacation destination. The selection is always better than department stores, the staff more helpful(they’ll scurry around to bring different sizes and colors) and they can get you out of a style rut! And you end up with great souvenir to boot!

    06/14/14
    9:49 am
    Lisa said...

    @travelingchristi, I have also found that to be true, particularly when I’m visiting Hawaii:).

  2. Karima @ A Note On Style
    June 12, 2014

    Thanks for the mention! You’ll thank me later when your chest is burn free…and I promise it doesn’t look as crazy as it sounds. A reader commented that she does the same thing with a pareo, which is also a great idea. Serves triple duty as a cover up, scarf and even a wrap if it gets chilly.

  3. Bungalow Hostess
    June 12, 2014

    I am loyal to one piece suits and buy mine from Lands’ End….they offer bust and cup size suits which those of us who are too large to wear that pretty sparkly top that you have shown here can wear.
    A gauzy scarf sounds like a good idea when out in the full sun…I wear a wide brimmed sun hat to keep the scorching rays off my face and neck.
    Sounds like you have another Hawaiian vacation planned!

  4. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    June 12, 2014

    I think the skirts are very feminine and would definitely wear them. I have some very small pareos in addition to the larger ones and I think they really dress up a suit. Larger pareos come in handy as shawl.
    Sam

  5. Robin
    June 12, 2014

    Went to Virginia Beach a few weeks ago for a super quick “refresh” of mind, body and soul … lots of beach walking. Saw several women rocking fashionably long scarves loosely wrapped around their neck, some wearing swim suits, others cover-up’s / sundresses. Looked fantastic and not all “spf” clothing does, so a definite to do for me from now on :)

    06/14/14
    9:51 am
    Lisa said...

    @Robin, Good to hear!

  6. Sue B @highheelsinthewilderness.blogspot.ca
    June 12, 2014

    Oh… a post on a subject dear to my heart…only because it (my heart) has so often been broken by faithless bathing suits that look..if not great…at least good in the store. And then… when I see the vacation pictures…Ackkkkk! Long skinny legs… short,ever-thickening body…no bum. Disaster!
    I think my strategy this year will be to take my trusty i-pad mini shopping with me…take pictures of myself in the suits… and adjourn for coffee and time to peruse the pictures before making up my mind.
    Here’s hoping… that this will be the year for bathing suit shopping success. Thanks for the suggestions.

  7. Mamavalveeta03
    June 12, 2014

    The best bathing suit shopping experience I ever had was 30 years ago when my husband and I visited his grandparents in Ft Lauderdale. I went to a specialty shop where I was fawned over by two elderly ladies for my “fabulous figure”! (They knew how to win points!). I loved that teal Gottex suit with the vee cut to the navel for many years. Now, I go for my J Crew tried and true ruched one-piece because it comes in a long torso size. But a Pareto is my best friend. That and my oversized men’s white Frank & Eileen shirt.

    06/14/14
    9:53 am
    Lisa said...

    @Mamavalveeta03, Yes, I wish people were as nice to me when I buy bathing suits as when I buy jewelry:).

  8. RoseAG
    June 12, 2014

    I bought a white swim skirt last season. I wear it more than I thought I would. It’s not for serious swimming, but it’s great for walking along the shore/wading around.

  9. MM
    June 12, 2014

    After looking for practical and comfortable bottoms for years, I discovered Hydrochic. Founded by two women who focused on modesty, they offer a wide range of swimwear.
    I would not part with my skirted capris. They go from yoga to swimming–dry quickly and the compression feels and looks great. With a tankini top, it is a flattering look, especially for aging bodies!

  10. kathy
    June 12, 2014

    I’m very loyal to Melissa Odabash one piece suits that I buy on NAP. I gave up sunbathing a long time ago, and use a suit for swimming, and spend the rest of the time covering up from the sun. I generally wear long Roberta Roller Rabbit caftan type dresses, a hat, and sit in the shade.

  11. kathy
    June 12, 2014

    http://robertarollerrabbit.com/apparel/kurtas/long-kurta-sm-delphina.html

    Long Kurta, not a caftan. They’re so soft and easy and I’ve never got sunburned through one.

    06/14/14
    9:53 am
    Lisa said...

    @kathy, And apparently RRR is available even on Zappos, with their great e-commerce policies.

  12. Claire
    June 12, 2014

    Ha, not sure if I’m the only one but my (yellow polka-dot) swim skirt is getting me through swim season these days b/c it saves me several days of shaving “down there” (omg the freedom). You know, as long as I don’t get too terribly close to anyone (I don’t). Only, it’s several years old now and I’m fleshier and it’s getting tighter so when I get around to it I’m definitely replacing the style! luv it <3

  13. Loretta
    June 12, 2014

    I love all of the above! And wear all of it. At the same time, to wit: long shorts, pareo, tunic cover up, scarf, hat. I give The Grey Garden Ladies a run for their money. Cause you can lose weight but gravity at 59 still prevails.

  14. Kathleen
    June 12, 2014

    Don’t discount Victoria’s Secret catalog. The last “fashion” suit I bought was 5 years ago… but I was relieved to find tops that were built like bras. Having NO bust (but being slim in the rib cage and waist area), I need substantial engineering to look female, and I could order the top and bottom separately. Of course, a pareo was my constant companion to let the bottom half feel comfortably under wraps and easy enough to slip off for a swim.

    06/14/14
    9:54 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kathleen, Yes, this is where I buy my daughter’s suits!

  15. the gardeners cottage
    June 12, 2014

    timely post lisa as i’m starting to think about packing for hawaii next week. i will prob go with the same bikini i’ve worn for the last 3 years b/c i don’t think there are many things worse than trying on bathing suits. love all the suits you picked! x

  16. Mardel
    June 12, 2014

    I did the mega-try-on at home this spring, when I was still mostly flat, but could manage to get up a few minutes at a time. It was surprisingly fun and I am actually looking forward to going in the water, although I’ll probably be mostly covered up on shore, being the kind of person who burns easily.

  17. Kathy
    June 12, 2014

    Some years ago I remember having the most amazing experience in the dressing room,…suits that looked great and flattered. Then I got home, and realized that wearing panty hose might have helped…I looked as tan and toned as I ever would. I still laugh about it. A little mantra here “life is not a fashion show :) “

    06/14/14
    9:55 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kathy, Hahahahaha!

  18. rae
    June 13, 2014

    gorgeous swimsuits :)

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

  19. flwjane
    June 13, 2014

    Ayyiyi, bathing suit time. I wear a black bikini bottom and tank tops.

    I was raised on rivers and lakes and am not an ocean swimmer but an ocean goer.

    When not tying pareos over my furniture to lighten them up for summer, i wear them at the beach along with a hat and a shirt or a tshirt.

    I get all my sun in the garden. I wear more clothes on the beach then I do in my day to day life.

    Though that bejeweled top is pretty enticing.

    xo j

  20. Duchesse
    June 13, 2014

    Here we have maybe two months where you can truly hit a beach, plus that Montréal vibe, so you would not appear in a longsleeve t-shirt on a beach, obviating the point of finally getting sun. (We do wear sunscreen!) Those rashguard tees are useful for canoeing or rafting- but they do not breathe.

    My knock on many suits is an inadequate or poorly-designed bra. Larger-breasted women have a hard time of it, especially if they want some lift yet do not want to fall out of the top.

    06/14/14
    9:56 am
    Lisa said...

    @Duchesse, I’ve heard this many times about the issues for women with large busts.

  21. TB
    June 13, 2014

    A tankini top and skirted bottom (much like the one you posted here from Macy’s) has been my go-to style for a few years now. I still hate my knees but otherwise find the look comfortable and the picture problem resolved.

  22. AK
    June 13, 2014

    I bought some swim suit pieces from Lands End. I was able to return to Sears what I didn’t want.

  23. Blighty
    June 13, 2014

    I love the jewelled bikini top idea; I like those surf short things, they cover up my broken veins and other unsightly bits…also you can pretend you are an ace windsurfer, just make sure no one actually sees you trying to do it (if you are not)

  24. Philippa
    June 13, 2014

    Is it not normal for companies to refuse returns on swimwear? It is here. Swimwear and pants (underpants/knickers) are often non-returnable. Which makes sense I think

    06/14/14
    10:17 am
    Lisa said...

    @Philippa, It used to be the case, but now swimwear comes with an attached paper panel, they ask you try it on while wearing underwear, and many retailers let you send it back

  25. Candace
    June 13, 2014

    Very nice selections – The tankini with cup support is a nice option for large breasted women. I really like the pretty colors and patterns you showed, lovely!

  26. Eleanorjane
    June 14, 2014

    Some great options here and I particularly love the fact that you’ve thought about thigh coverage. Most of those ‘swimsuits for every body’ features focus on covering the tummy. My tummy is pretty good, but my thighs are not pretty so a pair of swim shorts or a skirt and a bikini top are good for me.

  27. Vera
    June 15, 2014

    Best place to buy swimsuits bar none is Landsend. You can buy a pile of items, try everything on at home and return all the pieces that don’t fit or don’t suit you. I often buy a couple of sizes. No return problems ever. I would never look for a suit anywhere else.

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