I love swimwear more than I love swimming, but I also understand swimsuit shopping is amongst the most dreaded tasks for women. Let’s try to take the pain out of the equation.
Invest in a classic one-piece swimsuit, that will never go out of style. The retro suit is instant glamour: within seconds of putting one on, you’re reaching for your red lipstick and largest shades. This one by Zimmerman comes with a halter strap, less than a frivolity, because you want your swimwear to stay firmly in place. When going for a simple suit, look for detail: the cut-outs in this piece save it from being boring. Also, make sure the bottom of the suit provides enough coverage. You should be able to run, swim and jump without any adjustments; even if realistically you won’t be doing anything more than sipping on a cool drink while skimming Vogue.
Make sure that you have proper sun protection. A large sun hat will save your skin from harsh UV rays.
Read more for the final checklist and classic swimwear options.
- Before anything else, does the suit provide full coverage on the bottom and proper support on top for you to move with ease?
- Is the design simple enough to be timeless? Will you want to wear this suit season after season?
- Are your best assets enhanced? For an objective assessment of which suit looks best, I like to ask whoever I'm with or the salesperson to snap a camera phone picture of me in each suit. Looking back at the pictures, it should be clear which one is the perfect fit.
Here are some great classic suits in a range of figure flattering shapes. Some options have underwire for extra support if needed.