We’re going to something a little different today and dive into the incredibly uncomfortable world of swimsuit shopping! I promise, though, I have found the absolute best swimsuits and, if you’ve never tried on a Land’s End swimsuit, you’re going to thank me for this post. I also want to say up front that this post is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form. It was prompted by my own need to do some swimsuit shopping for an upcoming early-summer trip to the beach with my family and Land’s End has the best selection of cute swimsuits for all shapes and, more importantly, all preferences for how much skin you want to show!
(This was taken in February 2020, the last time I went to the beach for a creative retreat with Shaunna.)
Swimsuit shopping has always been an anxiety-filled experience for me. Even when I was at my smallest and fittest, I had such a tough time finding suits that I truly felt comfortable in. I know everyone has different things they feel self-conscious about and trouble areas, but here are mine…
- Modesty – Aside from a few times as a teenager when I was trying to test some boundaries, I’ve always been a modest dresser. Not conservative or boring, but modest! I realized when I was pretty young that I’m just not comfortable showing a lot of skin. Some people can rock a bikini at any age and size and they are super comfortable and I tip my hat to them. That’s just not me. So, that’s a challenge right away with swimsuits.
- Separates – I’ve also always worn different sizes on the top and bottom and it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that swimsuits started to be sold in separate pieces instead of a set. That’s pretty common for swimsuits now, which is a good thing for people like me!
- Support – This is probably more about my own comfort level, but I have to have to wear a bra-like top, even in a swimsuit. That means I either need to buy a suit with underwire and support or wear a supportive bikini top under my suit.
- Sun protection – In the past few years, I have developed an allergy to the sun. This makes me feel like a total nerd, but it’s something that’s out of my control. I don’t get a golden, sunkissed tan when I’m at the beach. Instead, I break out in hives when I get too much sun. I turn pink and blotchy and my skin burns. This means I need to wear rash guards and lots of sunblock.
I am really looking forward to this trip (and I love going to the beach in general), so I decided I was going to find cute swimsuit pieces that I loved, that addressed my concerns, and made me feel comfortable, so I can sit in the surf and swim and walk along the beach and enjoy my time without feeling self-conscious. And, I was successful! I found several very cute swimsuit pieces that address all of my concerns and are flattering. I’ve never purchased so many swimsuit pieces in my life, but we’ll be at the beach for over a week and we’re hoping to go to the pool a lot this summer. I also picked classic pieces that can be worn for many years.
Here are some of the pieces I purchased…
cute swimsuits for all shapes | swim bottoms
This is the most brilliant swimsuit bottom ever and it looks super cute on. I’ve had a couple of workout leggings that have a little skirt like this over the years and I’ve always felt very comfortable in them. This non-traditional, but very modest swim leggings/skirt combo provides protection from the sun and feels much more comfortable to me for walking or sitting in the surf. My mom bought a pair, too, so it can cover her scar that is still healing from knee surgery.
This swim skirt has a super-high waist, which is nice for me because I have a longer torso. It’s also nice to create a smooth line around your waist. It provides some support without being too tight and uncomfortable.
And I like this swim skirt because it’s a little longer and hits at a nice place on my legs. It also has little shorts underneath instead of a bikini bottom.
cute swimsuits for all shapes | swim tops
This swimsuit top was a bit of a different shape for me, but I ended up loving how it looked on. It is so cute and flattering.
This is more of a traditional swimsuit style and it looks cute and also flattering. It is a little tighter across the stomach, but it has some gathering that provides a little forgiveness! This one has great support built-in, though, so I wouldn’t need to wear a bikini top underneath.
This swim top was another one I tested out and it also looks very flattering. This is a great top if you don’t want a suit that’s fitted around your middle. The draping is just enough to make me comfortable while still having a nice shape.
And I ordered THIS bikini top to wear under any of the tops that don’t have an underwire bra built-in or to wear under a rash guard. This is a super cute bikini top all on its own, too, if you’re so inclined to wear it that way. I love how the polka dots give it a classic 1950s-60s look.
cute swimsuits for all shapes | rash guards
Because of my allergy to the sun, I bought a few rash guards to wear on walks and when sitting out on the beach. They are all so cute and will provide the protection needed…
I stuck with a palette of blue and white and bought solids, stripes, and polka dots, so that everything can be mixed and matched and the pieces will be timeless, so I can wear them for many years.
In addition to the pieces I shared, they have very cute swim dresses, shorts, and more. They also have all of these styles and more in plus-size options. I hope sharing these will help you find a suit that you feel good wearing this summer at the beach, lake, or pool! I absolutely cannot wait to have my feet in the sand in a few weeks…
Are there any swimsuit brands you love? Any other fans of Land’s End swimsuits out there?