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The Hunt for the Perfect SwimSuit

As summer and vacation on a beach approaches, I have started my quest for the perfect swimsuit. Should it be a one piece? Should it be a two piece? Should it be a skimpy two piece?? Does anyone even make a skimpy two piece in my size and that I would like?? These are all questions that have been swirling around in my head for the past month or so. I have searched high and low and this is what I have found.

There are stores that carry swimsuits in plus sizes, in their actual store. I have found the styles and sizes are limited, though. Lane Bryant and The Avenue both had a few to choose from, but Catherines is the only store I found to have something that would fit me. Their suits are cute, but not quite what I was looking for. So, I turned my attention to on-line shopping.

ByRoDesignsI was pleasantly surprised to be browsing an article on swimsuits in Glamour Magazine and they actually listed an option that goes up to 6X. Wow! A ďnormalĒ magazine listing something beyond 28 for the plus size crowd is a great thing. Glamour featured a cute two piece red suit from I love the style of these suits and the fabric options. ByRo Designs, , does something similar. She has a few different styles, a few different fabrics, which all add up to many options. I talked to Ro about a suit. The key thing for me was being able to get a top that was a different size than my bottoms. Ro could make this happen.

I also browsed They offer selections form Torrid, The Avenue, Woman Love Your PeachesWithin, Roamans, Ulla Popken, and more. There are many ranges of suits on this site. I decided to try a skimpy two piece. I have never worn one before and think that at the age of 40 it is high time that I try it!!! I was looking for something that would have support in my chest area. I wanted a bra fit in a swimming suit top. I found one on OneStopPlus with underwire that is sized like a bra. This same manufacturer didnít have bottoms in my size. But, I found some black bottoms from a different manufacturer in black that work well with the top. Even though they arenít made by the same company, they do work well together and the black color of the two pieces is almost identical.

It does help to have an idea of what you are looking for. Searching online is a great tool. If you find an online store with something you like, see if they have it at a local store to try on. Quite a few online stores, with actual store fronts, offer free shipping to the local store. If a size isnít available at the local store, they do offer free shipping to you. I have paid for quite a few things at Catherines that they didnít have in the store. They have shipped the items to me in less than a week.

Hope this all helps. It took a little bit of searching, but I did find almost exactly what I was looking forÖ.my first two piece suit showing some skin, with just enough coverage, that fits me fairly well. Good luck in your search!

Swimsuits courtesy of ByRoDesigns and Love Your Peaches

Written by: Nikki Langston

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