Thursday, May 31, 2012

Swimsuit Intervention

By Ellery Adams

I don't want to be a candidate for a swimsuit intervention like the one Oprah did. We've all seen these folks at the pool and the beach, haven't we? Men and women who just aren't covering enough skin. Let's face it. Aside from a few dozen super models, we all have imperfections we prefer to hide. The trouble is, there isn't much material to conceal our flaws when it comes to swimsuits. It's even worse than shopping for new jeans!

I think it would have been lovely to bath in the outfits of the 1920s. I'd rather have no tan than show myself in a string bikini!

But I had to bite the bullet and buy a new suit this year, so I psyched myself up, grabbed an honest friend (who would tell me if I looked like a beached whale) and hit the mall. I won't bore you with the details, but it was not a quick process and all I can say is thank goodness for the swimsuits with skirts. Brilliant!

If you need to buy a suit, take a few pointers from me.

1. Don't eat a big lunch before you try on swimsuits (I did and it didn't help matters)

2. Go for colors and patterns - I've always bought a black suit but realized that a funky suit made me feel more lively and distracts the eye from trouble areas.

3. If you don't love it in the store, don't talk yourself into bringing it at home

4. Try it on at home with the tags still on. Those store mirrors can fool you.

5. Don't forget to look at the rear view.

So here's the one I got (And no, I'm not modeling it) and it was comfortable and cute and covers just enough.

Do you need to shop for something as tortuous as a suit this year? Where's your favorite place to buy a swimsuit?