Retro swimwear for every figure
We never thought we'd see the day. After years of string bikinis and high-cut bottoms, full-coverage swimsuits are finally back in style. Below, our favorite ways to wear the retro trend and how to target "problem areas" while you're at it.
For a large chest We've long been fans of Shoshanna Gruss's smart swimwear for the well-endowed. Her solid ruched suit ($99) and St. Tropez one-piece ($99) both feature unpadded underwire and utilize old-fashioned halters for further support. We also love Victoria's Secret's slimming Firm Control one-piece ($114), which can accommodate up to 16DD busts.
To flatten stomachs You already know how to hide your tummy: distract and lengthen. J. Crew's pleated tank ($125) uses ruching, pleating and a cleverly concealing polka-dot print to slim you down and draw the eye upward. Meanwhile, horizontally oriented suits like the Kava Maillot ($229) give the illusion of length.
To hide hips and rears The 50s bathing-beauty look is a total godsend for the wide-hipped, since bottoms are cut low and often skirt-like. The Carmen Marc Valvo suit ($125) brings extreme glamour to backside coverage. Alternately, this Anthropologie number ($100) emphasizes a waistline while distracting from anything below.