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?


Lori cimino said...

I love this suit and I bet you look fabulous in it Ellery. My suit was about 9 years old and I just threw it away as I was purging closets. It was too big but more than that the elastic cracked when you touched it. I only bought a suit because I had to have pool therapy many years ago. I prefer a tank top and shorts. I dont plan to get a new one any time soon. however they now offer a swim zumba class the high school and I am thinking they wont let you wear shorts and a tank.
I would probably look at the new Torrid store in Grand Rapids. Hip and cool clothes for overweight women and teens who are not into wearing mumus

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I'm not a beach-goer (or summer person) so swimsuit shopping is an annual ritual I spare myself of.

But I have to say that suit is adorable!!! It's classy, fun, and cute...just like you :)

grammajudyb said...

Cute suit. We don't live near a beach, so my only need for a swimsuit is for a water aerobics class I take, every day. Tankini's ride up and the skirts float, so alas I have to opt for a fitness suit. Because I have had a mastectomy, I need a higher neckline. I could buy a special mastectomy suit, but they are expensive and look just awful when the prosthesis is added. OK! now enought of my woes. Hope you enjoy your suit, the color is bright and summery.

Debra said...

Landsend is my go-to place. I try it on at home while wering underwear and can return it if it doesn't work for me.
Once I find a good one, I buy two or even three of the same item.