Buh-Bye Blah Swimsuits…Choose One that Says “Holla,” “Hello” or “Hi”

Here’s the thing.  It took me awhile to find a swimsuit that I wanted to try on and subsequently, wanted to wear in public.  But the hunt was SO worth it!  I actually bought two in the same style – one in lipstick red (va-va-voom) and one with a blue casual print for every day.

Now it’s your turn to find a swimsuit that balances your figure, flatters your skin tone and makes you feel comfortable and sexy.

Before diving in to my picks, a few words.  And apparently I have no shortage of advice…


  • Consider a swimsuit as an investment.  A good one doesn’t necessarily need to cost a lot, but it should be well constructed, made out of comfortable material and feel good against your skin.
  • Pre-shop online.  You don’t have to buy online but you’ll get an idea of what’s out there.  Most sites categorize swimsuits by body shape.
  • Start shopping NOW.  If you know you’re going to be near water this summer, give yourself time to find a good suit (or two).
  • Accessorize.  Whether or not a new suit is in your future, consider a hat, a bag or a jeweled flip-flop for a complete look.
  • Wear eye protection.  Big sunglasses are critical…look for a pair that minimizes cheek interference when you smile.


  • Swim skorts and swim shorts.  You may think they’re more flattering but they aren’t – and the longer they are, the less flattering they are.  Note: they don’t even flatter the models!
  • Settle for a suit that doesn’t fit the “girls.”  Too much cleavage and side boob stinks of look-at-me desperation…avoid at all costs.  If there is too much space or room, it will only emphasize “small.”
  • Pick a completely shapeless cover up.  If your swimsuit cover up doesn’t have shape, neither will you.
  • Pick the wrong size.  Swimsuits can expand a little when wet, so you need to makes sure it’s not too big.  You also don’t want to fall or hang out of one that’s too small.
  • Really?  Another black swimsuit or cover up?  Come on.  You’re going to be in the sun and should be having fun.  I fully believe you’ll have more fun in color!
  • Bring a man into the dressing room.  True story…my husband was humiliatingly hunted down and kicked out of a department store dressing room…and rightfully so.  Other women probably didn’t want him in there.  And honestly, girl to girl, they are not likely to add value to the selection process, will get bored and will randomly pick one just to end the painful process.

And now, introducing 2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity options.

Say “Holla” to the Statement

2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity

If it isn’t obvious by the category title, this is the suit you wear when you’re ready to rock the pool/beach.  You feel amazing, you look amazing and you’re ready for the sun!

  • This Victoria’s Secret 2-piece is unique with the 1-shoulder strap, while being modest in coverage.  Oh, and it’s a great color!
  • The 1-piece from J. Crew is all flirt in a muted color which makes it work for girl weekends AND romantic getaways.
  • For plus, this smart, not-too-large print keeps the eye moving with a flattering cut.  Be careful with the girls…I think the suit model should have been a cup size smaller.  Available at SwimsuitsForAll.com.
  • I love-love-love this maternity swimsuit.  It looks like it will hold up the girls while giving your baby and belly plenty of room to grow.  And I love the colors and print.  Available at TummyStyle.com.
  • For accessories, this complementary set will let your swimsuit do the talking.  A hat in a bright color (Spiegel, note: try a color different from your suit), paired with a half-sarong (Nordstrom, preferably in white but I could only find a decent picture of a black one!), a cute straw bag (Spiegel) for all the magazines/books and stylish and comfortable sandals (Zappos.com) will help you stay coordinated from room/car to pool/beach and back.

Say “Hello” to the Classic

2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity

This is the swimsuit you choose for the fancy spa or when you win the Rachael Ray giveaway to The One&Only Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Simple and elegant without the snooty factor.

  • This navy bikini from Tommy Bahama is modest with pretty pleats below the bust for a hint of flavor.  There are three options for bottoms so you can find something you’re most comfortable wearing.
  • I’ve tried this 1-piece from Land’s End on and it’s to-die for in terms of fit and flattery.  The suit comes in a couple of colors, but I like the unexpected surprise of purple.  Also available in short torso, plus and plus short torso.
  • This plus swimdress, seen at SwimsuitsForAll.com,  also has a non-dress version that is just as cute.  Swimdresses are fantastic for modesty with a feminine and flattering fit.  An empire-wasted (under the bust) dress will do much more for your figure than one that has big skirting at or below the waist.
  • This maternity suit from Nordstrom makes me think light and airy.  The panels in the front are sheer and the turquoise color is both trendy and classic for this pregnancy…and the next?
  • Accessories with clean lines will help keep your look sophisticated.  The straw hat (Spiegel) is woven with metallic thread for a little bling.  Pair it with an elegant cover up (J. Crew) in a classy color, a two-tone bag (Spiegel) and barely-there metallic sandals (Zappos.com) for a complete look.

Say “Hi!” to the Casual

2-piece, 1-piece, plus and maternity

Is it family time?  Whether you’re with your kids, siblings or parents, these swimsuits will keep you covered and cute.

  • I love this new sweetheart bikini top, which Land’s End offers in a variety of colors and patterns, along with your choice of several coordinating bottoms.
  • When I saw this 1-piece at Speedo.com, I was pleasantly surprised to see they are offering a little bit of fashion.  A cute print with flattering details that will make you forget you need a cover up.
  • For plus, I like a tastefully done large print.  So many of the large prints are all busy and no style!  This suit from Lane Bryant has the flattering details similar to the 1-piece with a very fun pattern and color combination.
  • Who else but Motherhood Maternity would think of great details like a deep v-neck, accompanied by a panel that ensures everything stays behind closed doors.  I love the geometric pattern and especially love the red band that accentuates the waist and the bump.  Available in regular and plus.
  • Pair these cute and casual swimsuits with a no-fuss straw hat (Target), a simple cover-up (Nordstrom), a roomy-yet-practical tote (Target) and comfortable, colorful flip-flops (Zappos.com).

See something you like but aren’t sure if it will work?  Want more options?  Need professional advice?  Fabuliss can help!  Read about our packages and sign up for special offers available through the eNewsletter at Fabuliss.com.

P.S. I’d love to hear any funny, success or frustration stories.  Share your stories via the Comments section.  Thanks!


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