Thursday, April 8, 2010

Question of the Week: Affordable, Flattering Swimsuits

"Can you recommend some good one piece swimsuits? For the budget conscious? Pretty please? Culinary school is not good for my cellulite..."
- Ms S, San Francisco

Lani's Picks:
When shopping for swimsuits like with regular clothes, darker clothes tend to be more flattering, but don't limited yourself to just black! The right colors can compliment your skintone and bring out your best, and prints can be a great way to distract from anything you may feel self-conscious about. Design details like ruffles and shirring can add some flair and in some cases can hide some "problem areas".

Old Navy Ruffled Swimsuit $29.50
Esther Williams Classic Sheath One Piece $89.99 at ModCloth
also available at for discounted price of $65

Erin's Picks:
All-Over Control Floral Sculpting Maillot was $49, now $39
All-over Control Contrast Maillot was $49, now $29.99

I just discovered Shape FX in my search for a hot one piece swimsuit and I was really impressed with this style in particular. Each suit has power mesh underneath the frame to suck you in and slim the whole body while I think the combo piping is ultra flattering and slimming. This one even comes with a demi-bra to support and shape the bustline. I'm personally into the floral version but if you are looking for something with more graphic appeal, I think the simple black and white version is super sleek.

J.Crew Solid Wrap Front Tank $80
If you are looking for a more covered up and less overtly sexy option, this J.Crew swimsuit may be simple but it comes in a wide range of colors and the crossover wrap neckline are quite elongating. My fave color is the deep peacock but you can pick from 8 colors. It also features hidden underwire for extra support.

Urban Outfitters Kimchi & Blue Deep V Shirred One Piece $88
With a plunching V-Neckline and strategic side panel ruching I feel like this one could hide a multitude of flaws. While the back is low-cut, it still offers a good amount of coverage on the bottom.

Kathleen Cook Azur Cross Back Tank $126
This one is a bit more of a splurge but Kathleen Cook's Azur Cross Back provides the right combination of classy and sexy simplicity.

Spanx Structured Colorblock Swimsuit $198
While this last option is not by any means the most affordable, I had to include it because it's made by Spanx and therefore pretty much guaranteed to flatter. I also think the color block and paneling is not only slimming but also pretty hot. Like the Shape FX suit, it includes demi cups to flatter the bustline and an inner liner to suck you in. So if you like this suit but can't afford it, I think the Shape FX graphic version pretty much serves the same purpose at a fraction of the price.

Those are our picks. Readers, do you have any suggestions for our friend in San Francisco?

1 comment:

Fritzie said...

I love all those swimsuit especially those black color because I'm addicted to black.

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