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CinRell
06-14-2006, 09:06 AM
Hello all!
I just lost a few pounds (about 50 since last summer) and my bathing suits that I LOVED don't fit anymore. At the time they were flattering but now I realize that style isn't flattering on me anymore. I"m still not a small girl (size 16) and tall (5'9")...
I need a new bathing suit and am wondering what's the most flattering style? I'm not a huge fan of the skirted kind (tho I used to be)...
I'd like somehting I can lounge around in.. go to the beach.. water parks (yes, see this IS DIS related!), tan... etc etc etc...

If these suits are online I"d love a link as I'd really like to order one for this weekend!

Gramgwen
06-14-2006, 09:25 AM
I think Lands End has a great selection for almost everyone. I had not put on a bathing suit in years and bought one for our Disney trip last year. I was very comfortable in it and it was stylish even though I am a grandma! Some of the suits even make you look slimmer. Like that!

englishteacha
06-14-2006, 10:51 AM
I have had good luck at the newport-news.com website finding swimsuits. :) They have lots of styles. I'm a 12-14, formerly much larger, and have had good luck there in many different sizes.

bnf2
06-14-2006, 11:41 AM
I second the Lands' End suits! I finally broke down and got one 2 years ago and will never buy another brand. I am not a small gal myself (14) and like to keep my middle covered, but can't stand a one piece.

I love the Women's Sport Tankini for $59 (Item #07327-6AL9 ) since we have a boat and enjoy lots of water sports. It has great support and I love the fact that the "swim panty" under the shorts is made from real swim suit fabric... not that mesh stuff! It also stays in place- great for water skiiing and jumping in the deep end of a pool... no more "atomic wedgies" :rotfl2:

When I am not in the water I look like I have on shorts and a tank- I even garden in it while at home. My suit is 2 years old and still looks (and feels!) brand new... well worth the money!!

bnf2
06-14-2006, 11:47 AM
I forgot to mention that the L.E. Sport Tankini also comes in a long torso for just a few dollars more (as do many of their suits). I know what you mean about the skirt, but I do like the shorts look.... and congrats on the weight loss!!! :cheer2:

kitsch4
06-14-2006, 12:44 PM
You can also check out QVC's website. They have a whole line of swimsuits that are designed to hide/de-emphasize problem areas. Some of them do have the skirt, some don't. Good luck!

ZoZo
06-14-2006, 01:38 PM
Good for you! I also like the Land's End suits. They're great quality and quite flattering. I would try a tankini - they have good coverage while looking more modern than a basic one-piece suit. Plus you can get cover-up shorts or a cover-up skirt at Land's End, too. They have tons of pretty styles.

I think Land's End also has a "virtual model" that you can use. You put in your measurements and see what the suit would look like on "you." They also have helpful keys in their catalog when swimsuit shopping -- whether you're shaped like a "triangle," "rectangle," etc. it will list which suits are most flattering for your shape.

Good luck!

LuluLovesDisney
06-14-2006, 05:12 PM
Cyberswim.com has the best bathing suits. They are all made of "powernet" materials that holds you in, and they come in many sizes. The styles are very flattering.

dsnyfrek
06-14-2006, 10:00 PM
I bought a suit on sale at www.lanebryant.com and loved it. They are on sale right now and are at almost 1/2 the price!

T. Lynn
06-14-2006, 11:27 PM
I forgot to mention that the L.E. Sport Tankini also comes in a long torso for just a few dollars more (as do many of their suits). I know what you mean about the skirt, but I do like the shorts look.... and congrats on the weight loss!!! :cheer2:
Would you recommend a long torso one? I haven't purchased a two piece in a long time but now I'm considering it.

bnf2
06-15-2006, 08:11 AM
Would you recommend a long torso one? I haven't purchased a two piece in a long time but now I'm considering it.

That I am usure about as I am just 5'4"; I just noticed they offered the long torso option... sorry I can't help you out there :confused3

CinRell
06-15-2006, 09:00 AM
Thank you all so so so much! I am looking at all of these links.. decisions decisions:)

T. Lynn
06-15-2006, 09:35 AM
Thanks for this thread. I just ordered this one from Land's End:

Women's Sport Tankini for $59 (Item #07327-6AL9 )

We're going to Knoebels in August and I wanted something much nicer for my size.

Hef4545
06-15-2006, 12:07 PM
The Land's Ends suits are nice. I am tall (6'1") and do order the long torso. I think at 5'9" you might consider it. Another nice thing about them is if you have a Sears store, you can return your item there if you need to. They also sell the suits in the Sears stores, so if you would like, you can check them out there. Happy shopping and congratulations on that weight loss!

pezheadmeg
06-15-2006, 08:09 PM
Cyberswim.com for the Miracle Suit. They have long torso, and almost all of them have underwire in the top. I personally have difficulty with fitting both aspects, and I can do that with the Miracle Suit.

Roxanne (which Macy's and Bloomingdales carry) come in separates that run by bra size!

Laurajean1014
06-15-2006, 08:19 PM
Are you large busted?

If not, go for the tankini's (2 piece tank and panty).

If you are, do not use a tankini. They make your chest look like to torpedos ready to launch and are very unflattering in the shoulders. A halter type is best for big chested ladies.

Miraclesuits are great bathing suits and will make you look like a 12/14 instead of your current 16!

BTW, congratulations on your lose.

fakereadhed
06-15-2006, 10:40 PM
Have you tried My Virtual Model? It has limitations, but it does give you a better perception of what the suit will look like on a real body(instead of a stick model). Here is the link to all the companies where you can virtually try on clothes-Land End is one of them-and many have swimsuits to try on.
My virtual model link (http://www.mvm.com/en/index.htm)
Don't believe the "regular sizes" category-many of the others also have larger sizes to try on.

mikamah
06-16-2006, 02:42 PM
I have the slender tunic from lands end in size 18, and it is very comfortable and supportive on top. Plus the legs are boy-cut so they are lower, but not shorts. I've tried tankinis, but always feel I have rolls coming out from under the top. :sad2:

Ms. Heimlich
06-16-2006, 03:22 PM
Also try Penney's.

Also being a plus sized girl, I bought a set of shorts/tank swimsuit.

The shorts have a bikini lining on the inside, but fit and act like shorts. I was VERY comfortable in the suit on our Cruise last year.

Good luck.


Here is the link to the suit I am talking about....


http://www4.jcpenney.com/jcp/Products.aspx?DeptID=597&CatID=34438&CatTyp=DEP&ItemTyp=G&GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=0d16ec3&ProdSeq=5&Cat=plus+size&Dep=&PCat=&PCatID=34423&RefPage=ProductList&Sale=&ProdCount=26&RecPtr=&ShowMenu=&TTYP=&ShopBy=0&RefPageName=CategoryAll.aspx&RefCatID=34423&RefDeptID=597&Page=1&CmCatId=597|28443|34423|34438

Va-bear
06-16-2006, 09:22 PM
Hi Ya'll

I'm a 5'11" size 16 and I only buy the long torso styles from Lands End (after trying tONS of others!!) I LOVe the tankinis (especially the halter style!) I do often add on some cute board shorts from Old Navy (or just borrow my husbands swim trunks) - it makes the look much "younger" and the shorts act as a cute cover-up. (All the young female students where I work wear the board shorts...) then when you take then off you still have a nice "grown-up" swim suit too! Lands End suits are so nice - the longs are long - and cut like a real person...plus, Lands End has a GREAt return policy if it doesnt' work out. Good luck and good job with the weight loss!!

bevtoy
06-17-2006, 11:02 AM
Sams CLub has womens Speedos to size 18 for under 25 dolars, little girls for under 15, not a bad purchase.

PocahontasLookALike
06-17-2006, 08:00 PM
Have you checked out modbeclothing.com? They do home parties, but their suits are VERY cute and very flattering. I'm pretty averaged sized (size 8) and young-ish (20's), but I'm super modest and I hate that every suit that I feel comfortable in is totally granny!

When I went to Hawaii, I even went as far as having 2 tankini's custom made...totally worth it, but had I'd known about modbe.com I would have had a party and ordered up a storm!

LuluLovesDisney
06-17-2006, 09:58 PM
Have you checked out modbe.com? They do home parties, but their suits are VERY cute and very flattering. I'm pretty averaged sized (size 8) and young-ish (20's), but I'm super modest and I hate that every suit that I feel comfortable in is totally granny!

When I went to Hawaii, I even went as far as having 2 tankini's custom made...totally worth it, but had I'd known about modbe.com I would have had a party and ordered up a storm!

I checked out that site, but it's all links to other sites like Lands' End, Eddie Bauer, etc. Is that the exact address? :goodvibes

PocahontasLookALike
06-18-2006, 01:54 AM
So sorry! It's modbeclothing.com I'll fix my original post :)

CindyT
06-18-2006, 10:38 AM
I have worn the Land's End tankini for the last 4 years. I love it. A regular 2-piece suit is not for me anymore -- I am too old, too big. They have great coverage and give you a variety of choices because you can buy the top and bottom separately.

PigletFairy
06-20-2006, 12:06 PM
I have 2 from newport news. I am 5'9 and btween 10-12. I get the longer torso style. If you are using a catalog or a website, i would measure against the size chart. I have a one piece halter with a skirt and one without. i like them both and i'm in my mid 20's. I like the skirts and shorts cause the cover my behind but can still look cute. i stay clear of pattern cause that can date the suit. :cheer2: congrats on the weight loss :cheer2:

ZoZo
06-20-2006, 01:46 PM
Sams CLub has womens Speedos to size 18 for under 25 dolars, little girls for under 15, not a bad purchase.

I tried the Speedo suits from Costco (great price - around $18) but found they were much too low cut for someone with an ample chest. Even the larger sizes appear to be made for women who don't have a large bust.

Try the Land's End tankinis! They make several styles (including my favorite, the halter) and have good "coverage."

T. Lynn
06-20-2006, 02:35 PM
My Lands End Tankini just came today. Looks much better than my old suit. Can't wait to use it.

Scully23
06-22-2006, 01:05 PM
No doubt, Land's End. I will never buy a swimsuit anywhere else. Great selection, great fit. You can do returns at Sears, which is so easy. Also, their suits are guaranteed for LIFE. If the color starts to fade, return it. They'll exchange or return for any reason. Happy shopping.