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does anyone know if those tankini bathing suits look good?

Fri. Jul 28, 12:37pm

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I think they look fine if there isn't a huge spare tire hanging in between the top and bottom part. I don't want to offend anyone, but you should always dress to flatter your body type. A think a one-piece is much more slimming if you have a thicker waist. The tankini does offer more coverage if you are a bit modest about wearing a bikini but still want too.

I think a thick-banded halter is a good option for a thicker waist, too.


Friday, July 28, 2006, 12:43 PM

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as a follow-up question: are there any web sites that actually show real women with large body-types in swim suits? most of the pix i find are just the suit with no one in it, or are caricatures. thanks!

Friday, July 28, 2006, 12:46 PM

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Malia Mills

Love love love Malia Mills. She's the original who showed real women in real bathing suits and DOVE ripped her off. I love her stuff.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 12:47 PM

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malia mills website link

forgot, here's the link and look at the home page pictures...


Friday, July 28, 2006, 12:51 PM

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I find that my tankini actually makes me look thinner. The one piece I have showes the belly more, but with the waste line in the tankini, it "hides" the belly more. I like the tankin a lot, it looks fashinable and yet makes me feel comfortable. If I feel really bloated I have a pair of hiking shorts that I got from Target that I wear over the top, I also wore these at a water park, and it looked totally normal and I was able to go with limited clothes because it looked fine outside of the water park too...

Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:02 PM

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In response to "are there any web sites that actually show real women with large body-types in swim suits?"
At, you can click on the "try it on" feature, enter your own measurements, and see how the bathing suit will look on you. I have done a "try it on", ordered the bathing suit, and discovered the feature to be surprisingly accurate... for better or worse.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:12 PM

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Lands end is poor quality. Try the malia mills.


a malia mills fan who has tried everything.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:14 PM

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Junonia! They have bathing suits for larger women and the quality is not to be beat. They make suits especially for women who actually swim and workout in the water - not just sit in a beachchair. The chlorine-resistant suits are practically indestructible!


Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:25 PM

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LOVE the land's end site!! and i think their clothes have done me well in the past! they also have a great return/customer satisfaction policy...

the malia mills site had more thin models than heavy set, and it was hard to tell what the suit might look like on me. the land's end site is so cool!! thanks so much for the link!!

Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:50 PM

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For a flattering look in a tankini OR a 1-piece, look for styles that either have color in the middle, and black down the sides, or vice versa. It'll create the illusion that you're only as wide as the middle section, and the sides aren't really a part of you. Sooo flattering!

And if you have a nice chest (whether it's large or small), showing a little bit of it will distract eyes from belly/thighs easily.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 2:23 PM

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speedo also has a "try it on" feature. i used it on some of their fashion suits (not the racing ones) and was surprised by what i thought would look good and what actually looked good.

the worst suits are the ones which don't even flatter the models. (jcrew is notorious for this). if it doesn't look good on an anorexic, there's no way it's gonna work on me!

Friday, July 28, 2006, 4:36 PM

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Cool! Thanks for the Speedo idea! I was happy to discover that the "try it on" feature at Speedo is the exact same as at Lands End, so that if you have already set up your measurements at one of the websites, you already have a "My Virtual Model" at the other site. Very cool.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 5:34 PM

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4:36 poster: I understand where you are coming from (most models are very thin), but I think you have thrown the word "anorexic" around a bit loosely. I wouldn't assume that all or even most models are anorexic, and if they are, that's a struggle not to be taken lightly.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 8:10 PM

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4:36 here - you're right. i did throw anorexic around lightly. i think most people here knew that.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 10:03 PM

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I love the idea of a tankini because I have a longer torso. One-piece suits end up looking horrible on me because they either ride up in the butt area and I have constantly tug it down, or it rides down in the bust area and I have to constantly pull it up. Neither of these movements is very attractive.

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 2:43 AM

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Oooo! Put your goal measurements into the Lands End "my virtual model" and see what you will look like at your goal weight! Now THAT is exciting.

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 11:22 AM

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to sat. 11:22 am

truly inspiring!! what a great use of that software!!

Sunday, July 30, 2006, 1:06 AM

Add comment has some swimsuits that are on curvier girls so that you might have a better idea what they could look like on you- though they're certainly trendier and kinda younger looking- not that matronly...

Monday, July 31, 2006, 1:45 AM

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