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Now featuring: Skirted Bottoms The latest skirted suits have a fresh new look with ruching, ruffles and side-slit detailing - proving that great coverage can still be flattering and fun.

Jane Russell demonstrating how to fill out a bikini swimsuit
Jane Russell demonstrating how to fill out a bikini swimsuit.
Voom Suit Women's Plus Size Swimwear - Miraclesuit 2009 Swimwear Fashions
Voom Suit! Women's Plus Size Swimwear - Miraclesuit
2009 Swimwear Fashions

Voom Suit! - Carol Wior One Piece Swim Dress with Rings - Turquoise 2009 Women's Plus Size Swimwear
Voom Suit! - Carol Wior One Piece Swim Dress w/Rings - Turquoise, Red and Black $110 -All three colors are very nice!

Pretty In Pink Swimsuit - As Seen in O, The Oprah Magazine - Women's Plus Size Swimwear - Twist Front Bandeau - Sizes 16W-26W  CORAL $79
I call this the pretty-in-pink suit...comes in a really pretty aqua, too. "As Seen in O, The Oprah Magazine" - Women's Plus Size Swimwear - Twist Front Bandeau - Sizes 16W-26W CORAL $79

Longitude Dots Princess Swimdress
Sweet Suit -Longitude Dots Princess Swimdress


And, isn't that Ava Gardner showing off her gorgeous new "Women's Solid Ruffle TrimLine Separates Tankini Swim Top" by Lands' End? My, doesn't she look smart!

Women's Solid Ruffle TrimLine Separates Tankini Swim Top

"Get ready to turn heads with our fabulous selection of swimsuits. Shop by designs that are best suited to your body type, from the glamorous one-piece to the newest mix-and-match styles." Nordstrom.com


La Blanca by Rod Beattie 'Roman Holidays' Plunge Halter One-Piece
La Blanca by Rod Beattie 'Roman Holidays' Plunge Halter One-Piece $117.00
  "La Diva" - This suit screams to be poolside.

Tommy Bahama Wrap Halter Top $82.00
Tommy Bahama Wrap Halter Top $82.00
This is gorgeous - you need to be able to fill it out, though, otherwise you'll get lost in the fabric.

Gottex 'Lagoon' Tank Swimsuit $178.00
Gottex 'Lagoon' Tank Swimsuit $178.00
Banded V-neck with bright stripes dips low in front and back on a boldly printed one-piece swimsuit.

Juicy Couture Beach Butterfly Bandeau One-Piece Swimdress $173.00  

Plus Size Swimwear Anchor One-Piece Swimdress
Anchor One-Piece Swimdress

Plus Size Swimwear Sea Critters Coverup
Sea Critters Coverup

Plus Size Swimwear Princess-Seam Swimsuit
Princess-Seam Swimsuit

Women's Regular DD-cup All-over Control Slender Tunic Swimsuit
Women's All-Over Control Slender Tunic Swimsuit
One my favorite swimsuits! It's from Land's End, comes in several colors and various plus-size models.

 

RETRO-SPECTIVE: SWIMWEAR 2009

2009 Swimwear - Va Va Voom!

Women's Regular Beach Living Dot Side-tie Swimsuit Bottom Retro Style Bikini Top - Black White DotsBlame it on our national weight problem or maybe we're just reacting to the gyno-shots of certain celebrities we've had to endure - but the 1940s styles of swimwear are back in fashion in a big way.
The emaciated twiglet is OUT.

Retro Dot Print V-Neck Halter Swim Top Women's Plus Size Retro Bandeau X-Back One-Piece SwimsuitI personally hope we have seen the (tail) end of the thong bikini and let's face it the postage stamp bikini is only flattering on teenage hard bodies and the few who for one reason or another seem to be stuck in puberty. Or maybe that's malarkey, but anyway I am just not in the mood for itsy bitsy. I mean, really.

Black Ruched Tankini-Swim Top Women's Polka Dot Floral Enhancing V-neck SwimShape Separates Swim Top $79.50- $89.50And just in case you think these styles aren't sexy, let me introduce you to some of the pin-up gals who inspired a generation of men right through World War II.

 Putting the Voom back into Va Va Voom!


Goodness Gracious! Is that Virginia Mayo I see, wearing a "Women's Beach Living Ikat Print Adjustable Halter Tunic Swim Top" from Land's End?  Why, Yes it is! Just however does she do it? (If you don't know who Virginia Mayo is, get your paws on "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" with VM and Danny Kaye - One of my favorite movies when I was a kid.)
Ava Gardner In Two Piece Polka Dot Swimsuit


Only attempt to wear this suit if you have the figure of the girl towards the front, and not the stork-figure of the girl in the back.

The Best Bikinis  

Shoshanna 'Tulum' Bikini Items Priced $66.00 - $118.00 Shoshanna Knot Print Halter Bikini Top Was: $85.00 Now: $24.90 70% OFFShoshanna would be easy to hate - gorgeous, richer than god - and then there was that I'm 17 and dating Jerry Seinfeld episode. Which - oddly enough she managed to carry off with style, emerging as Shoshanna the fashion designer. And I'll be diggity dog-darned, if she doesn't do that well too! Her stuff is girly-feminine without getting silly, gives a wide berth to sleazy, but is still on the skimpy side of the cloth-o-meter. ViX Swimwear 'Kate Long' Triangle BikiniSo if you are the fabric-allergic type, go with a Shoshanna creation. Trina Turk 'banana Leaf' Bikini Items Priced $93.00 - $103.00

Other quasi-designer brands that have cute suits: Tommy Bahama, ViX Swimwear (nice mod patterns, a la early '60s), Trina Turk, Radio Fiji, Gottex, La Blanca by Rod Beattie, Ralph Lauren

 

 

 

Train Wrecks

Betsey Johnson 'Jailhouse Rock' Tankini TopBetsey Johnson 'Jailhouse Rock' Tankini Top: You will have everybody wondering why you showed up on the beach in your nightie. Would be cute nightie.BCBGMAXAZRIA Stripe Bikini Bottoms

BCBGMAXAZRIA Stripe Bikini Bottoms The "Slutkini" or did she just forget to pull up her pants all the way after using the potty?

Moo

Juicy Couture Beach 'Classic' Polka Dot Bikini Bottoms - MOO!

 

 

 

Black and White Retro Swimsuits from Lands' End

2009 Plus Size Swimwear - Goddess In Chocolate As Seen In O The Oprah Magazine.
As we all know, anything that Oprah picks is an instant hit - so I imagine this Swimsuit "Goddess in Chocolate" is selling like, well chocolate?!!!

Introducing Swim '09: Glam, Bra-Sized Styles from C to GG Cup

2009 Avenue Banner Ad Featuring Retro Plus Size Swimwear On Sale Plus Size Swimwear for Real Women - 2009Plus Size Swimwear 2009 at Avenue.comSummer Daisy

Cute & Nutritious Swimsuits!

Vitamin A Swimsuits Summer 2009
Vitamin A Swim
Since Vitamin A's debut in 2000 with four perfectly cut black bikinis, the label has expanded to define West Coast chic. Vitamin A's bikinis and resortwear serve up a sexy, fresh, and modern style...all with a healthy dose of fun!

Cute Suits On The Cheap!

Women's Retro Halter Swimsuits Brown Dots $20 at Old Navy!
Women's Halter Swimsuit Brown Dots $20 at Old Navy!

Women's Retro Multi-Stripe Bikini $19.50 Each
Women's Multi-Stripe Bikini $19.50 Each

(I'm not so thrilled with the mix and match thing - you end up looking like you lost half and borrowed a friends - not to mention that you end up paying much more for a suit...)

It's All Retro Glamour, Baby!

"Retro-inspired suits with the look of one sleek piece. Nothing says sophisticated glamour more than a Hollywood-inspired style.

In sharp black, the latest swim styles are only more chic, not to mention body-perfecting.

Tipped Skirtini
"Tipped Skirtini" $59.99 at Chadwick's $60 - not cheap, but not bad either - I am especially digging that floppy hat - and the shades look just like a pair by Marc Jacobs that I have - given to me by my sister, who reminds me of that every time she sees me wearing them...

Try a slimming suit with two pieces, like a tankini top and skirted bottom, this look still manages to be utterly flawless (not to mention hot) while providing comfortable coverage!

It's a style that will last all season, and one that will be back next year. Find one at a great price is easy and this new swim style is a steal for it's wow beach-body abilities alone!" Somebody Hip and With-It at Chadwick's

Gap Essential Padded Halter Tankini Purple Candy
Gap Essential Padded Halter Tankini Purple Candy

Lilly Pulitzer Rita Printed One-Piece Swimsuit @ Saks $138
Lilly Pulitzer Rita Printed One-Piece Swimsuit @ Saks $138 - A pretty bandeau with all-over fish print accented at the sides with bow detail.

Michael Kors Harborside Retro Sheath Swimsuit $265.00
Michael Kors Harborside Sheath Swimsuit $265.00 - Chic one-piece with allover polka dots, cinched at the waist with a removable belt.

Michael Kors Shore Leave Skirted Halter Swimsuit $248.00
Michael Kors Shore Leave Skirted Halter Swimsuit $248.00 - Gorgeous one-piece crosses in the back and dips very low.  

 Gottex Abstract Floral Swimsuit $172.00 - Sale $129.00
Gottex Abstract Floral Swimsuit $172.00 - Sale $129.00

SWIM 2009 Find the perfect style for your body type swim fit solutions at Macys.
 


Maidenform Shapewear inspired Swimwear
"Our Shapewear inspired Swimwear firms and controls with twice the hold-in power of a regular swimsuit. It’s Swimwear that’s Slim Wear!™"

Bethany Double Strap 1 PC Swim Suit
Bethany Double Strap 1 PC Swim Suit

"One Piece Swimwear that shapes and firms with elegant styling."

 Wrap Floral Print 1 Piece Swim Suit
Wrap Floral Print 1 PC Swim Suit

Maidenform introduced Control It Swimwear in the fall of 2008.

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