Women who want a little more coverage on the beach often look to a “swim dress”-style bathing suit. While swim dress-style suits are known for being more modest around the stomach and buttocks, another, sometimes forgotten, benefit is that this style offers additional fabric to block out harmful UV rays and minimize your risk of skin damage from sun burns. But with so many swim dress designs available to choose from, which one is the best for you? Here is a rundown of some of the top styles that will best suit you.
Spanx is a brand name beloved by American women of all ages who are looking to mask, tighten, and smooth their bodies. The company has moved on from stockings and shapewear to enter the swimwear market. This balconette swim dress is inspired by 1940's swim fashion, making it perfect for any woman who wants a touch of pin-up glamour. The halter neck frames the chest elegantly, and the ruched bust line draws attention up and away from the tummy area. The A-line skirt gives moderate rear end and upper-thigh coverage, but flares away from the body.
With ruffles on the skirt and halter, this is a flirty swim dress that uses ruching on the stomach to minimize the attention drawn to the midsection using a tummy control panel. Available in hot pink, turquoise, red, or black, there’s a fun color that works well for any skin tone or personality type. The padded bust gives extra coverage, as well as extra lift.
One look that you rarely see on a beach is a denim swim dress, making this bathing suit the perfect choice for any woman who loves to stand out from the crowd. Because it features underwire support, it creates a stunning hourglass shape and gives better support than a traditional halter bathing suit. Created from Italian-crafted Lycra fabric to mimic denim, the design also includes jean-inspired top stitching to complete the illusion. An A-line skirt completes the look and masks the bottom of the wearer.
Featured in publications like USA Today, this swim dress from Land’s End differs from most others on the market, as the skirt bottom hugs the body, rather than flowing away from it, giving this swim ensemble the overall look of a chic sheath cocktail dress. Available in regular, petite, and plus cuts, the dress is more likely to fit you perfectly than swim dresses from once-size-fits-all manufacturers. Available in purple sunset, blackberry, black, deep mineral red, and deep tropical teal, all versions of this swim dress have saturated colors that are eye-catching and flattering at the same time. Soft cups support and cover the chest area while Land’s End’s own Slendertex fabric helps to make the wearer look slimmer overall.