Eek! DO I HAVE TO? Trying on swimsuits is something most of us tend to put off. I am here to help ease your pain. By going directly to a suit that is right for your figure type, the cringe factor is greatly reduced.
First: Get a spray-on tan before you go shopping. This makes a world of difference in how you look in a bathing suit.
Next: It is all about the cover-up! A sexy cover-up makes a perfect body and even the most untoned of bodies look better in a swimsuit. A couple that I love and look good on most all body types: The open weave mesh tunic from J. Valdi in gold, black or white, available at Everything But Water (Dallas and Plano, and pictured above). The Hilda dress from Calypso (at Highland Park Village) serves double duty as a great cover-up and comes in a wide range of colors.
Finally, THE SUIT: When choosing a size, go up a notch from what you normally wear (no one needs to know!). If you usually wear a size 8, try on size 10. If purchasing a two-piece, I encourage you to buy separates rather than a set. That way, you get a custom fit.
The best one piece that hides a multitude of sins is the Miraclesuit®. It is available at Nordstrom and Everything But Water. It is truly a magical suit. You will look 10 pounds thinner (I promise). I am partial to the Utopia, a color-blocked, halter top with a low back, and the Captiva, a surplice mock wrap.
For A- through small C-cup moms, I prefer an under wire, push-up bra top. It gives you a nice boost. Betsy Johnson (Galleria Dallas) has a nice selection of these types of suits.
Fuller, D-cup women looking for a “mom” appropriate, yet youthful, slimming and sexy bathing suit need to check out Tommy Bahama (West Village and Galleria Dallas). The underwire bra tops and halter tankini are flattering. Plus, the full coverage bikini bottoms make chasing the little ones around the pool a stress free activity.
Final touches: Don’t forget to add oversized sunglasses for glamour and sunscreen for safety.
Nancy Klompus, owner of Buy Request, a personal shopping service, is the secret weapon to many well-dressed Dallas women. Got a burning fashion question? Shoot it: firstname.lastname@example.org. All merchandise is available as of press time.