Women's Beach Living Swimdress
just one more review
I'm 73 years old and though I'm not fat I feel ridiculous with less coverage,with this swimsuit I'm confidente,the aqua color is flattering it's everything I wanted.
May 12, 2013
feels great looks cute!
I'm 5'8 and curvy so I was looking for a flattering suit that I could play in the waves with and look good lounging by the pool, this is it! Fit according to fit chart (this is my first LE bathing suit buy). It covers the stomach and flatters the bust and neckline. I don't find it to be heavy as some have said, but haven't gotten it wet yet.
May 6, 2013
Very flattering to curves
I was nervous to order a "swim dress" at age 33 for fear I wouldn't look young and fun, but really wanted something that covered up the recent weight I've put on. This just came in and it looks fantastic!
I am 5'5", 38DD, and am recently wearing size 16 jeans/dresses, sometimes 18 depending on the cut. (I used to be a 12...sigh, hopefully one day again!). The straps are just thick enough so they don't cut into my shoulders but are still thin looking. The v-cut neckline shows my cleavage (c'mon, I'm a DD so everything shows cleavage!) but I don't feel like the "cup runneth over" too much in this bathing suit.
The waist section skims down my rib cage through my hips without being too big or too snug and the hemline falls about mid-thigh.
the fabric is thicker but I don't find it "heavy" as some reviews have stated. I have not tried it in the water/pool yet but I'm sure it won't weigh me down. My only wish for this bathing suit is that I hope Lands' End makes it in Navy soon - that would be perfect!!!
April 5, 2013
Flattering and a keeper but still some frustrating imperfections!
I think basically Land's End's Swimdresses are very flattering. I ordered this one and the versions for the last two years. I returned last year's version; the one with the sweetheart neckline from two years ago is my favorite. This one I did keep, mainly as a back up suit as I am an avid swimmer and the LE swimdresses are not quick to dry.
I think the skirt on this model is slightly shorter than in years past, which I consider a great improvement. I think the length is pretty close to perfect, although I expect some might think it is still a bit too long (I think modesty and flattering coverage are both desirable attributes and I would prefer possibly a bit too long over a bit too short, again I think the length is spot on). I think structurally the torso might still be a bit too short.
Another thing that is better is that the fitted under layer (a bit like a conventional one piece bathing suit under the skirt) was not lined as it had been in years past. It feels strange to complain about the high quality material that Land's End uses for it's women's swimwear but the fact is the swimdresses tends to be a bit weighty and slow to dry, so omitting what was basically a lining to a lining and going from essentially 3 layers to 2 is a very nice change.
The bust is still the biggest problem with this version of the swimdress although it has improved since lasts year's verson, which I thought was a bit of a "downer" visually, although I think the underwire should have been retained and just improved upon for this years attempt. The sweetheart version from year before last was by far the most flattering overall; I think Land's End should consider bringing back the sweetheart style but with a different under support concept. The softcup design in the sweetheart dress was not fantastic; this years softcup bra/lining is ever worse. The softcups are so BIG and bulky (much bigger than the softcups from the sweetheart swimdress in the same size) but they not especially supportive. The other main problem is how high the coverage (and actually the top part of the softcups) come up and how thick the straps are. Please really look at the photograph and notice how high those triangles come up on her body, well above where here breast are and then figure that there is a certain likelihood that they will come up even higher on you than they do on the model in the photograph. Not very flattering or youthful and not likely to make the smaller busted women completely happy. I think the biggest problem with these swimdresses seems to always be the bust area, perhaps because there is not a way to order a specific a cup size. Different bust sizes call for different sizes cups (and perhaps also cup styles).
I really like a crisscross back on a swimsuit and I really like straps with an adjustable length but I am not sure that I think those are two things that I like that go well together, I think having both is busy. The adjustable feature has to be the keeper. As much as I like a crisscross back, I think the back on the previous years? versions were more simple and elegant sans the crisscross.
Even though I am a bit frustrated that the swimdress is not perfect, it is still very flattering, especially if your problem areas are your hips/rear/upper thighs. I think you would very likely be hard pressed to find a more flattering swimsuit!
March 17, 2013
This was just what I needed. The straps are adjustable, and the petite fit me great. It is lined, so it looks smooth over the body. The skirt provides good coverage, and still looks stylish. I will feel comfortable going to the pool in this suit.
December 19, 2012
This bathing suit meets all my expectations....beautiful fabric and color and fits true to size.
I'm going on a cruise soon and wanted a suit that I would not feel self conscious in. This swim dress is very comfortable and I can move around and still feel totally covered. I would definitely recommend this suit.
December 8, 2012