When it comes to buying swimsuits, determining which is the best fit for your body can be difficult. Something might look great on the store model, but that doesn’t mean it will be perfect for you, even if you’re the same size. Every woman’s body is different, so it is important to remember that choosing a swimsuit isn’t necessarily about picking one that’s “right,” but instead one that makes you feel most comfortable. And of all swimsuit styles, none appeals to as many women as much as a tankini.
Tankinis offer the ability to mix and match tops and bottoms, making them look like a completely new swimsuit each wearing. These swimsuits also come in a wide variety of styles and coverage options. No matter what type of body you have, read on for reasons why a tankini can be a perfect fit.
While some tankinis offer less coverage than others, they still offer more than the average bikini or some typical one-piece suits. The swim bottoms can be in the style of swim shorts or a swim skirt of varying lengths for wearers preferring a more modest look. As for the tankini top, choose a style with a high neckline or even sleeves if you want more coverage or more protection from the sun.
Whether swimming laps, playing beach volleyball, riding a jet ski, or just playing Marco Polo in the pool with the kids, tankinis are great for active women who like to do more than just lounge poolside catching rays. With a supportive, sporty tankini top, you can jump around more and enjoy the water without worrying whether your suit will stay in place and without the need to constantly adjust your suit.
Just as not all tankinis are the same, not all tankini brands are either. Lands’ End designs mastectomy tankini tops in a variety of styles for women post-mastectomy. Some have features such as higher necklines and smaller arm openings to hide scars. And the extra fabric protects your skin, given that Lands’ End swimsuit fabric is also UPF 50. Additionally, women who use prosthetics can slip them into a tankini top that includes pockets for the insert, as opposed to having to alter the swim top themselves to make the prosthetics fit.
Whether you’re petite or on the tall side, it doesn’t matter—there is no fashion rule for how tall you should be to wear a tankini. In fact, tankinis are great if you want to emphasize one feature over another. Choose a tankini bottom that is high-cut in the legs to give the appearance of longer legs, if that’s your preference.
If you have a long torso, you don’t have to worry about trying to find a one-piece swimsuit to accommodate you—with a tankini, you can simply show a little extra skin in the belly area. Or, you can purchase a long torso swimsuit from Lands’ End, made specifically for women with longer torsos.
Tankinis are often more versatile for plus-size women than bikinis or one-piece suits. That’s because a plus-size tankini top is more likely to have ample support in the bust, while bottoms offer tummy control features that many women find to be an extra confidence booster. Tankinis are also less restricting because they don’t require women to fit into one size. For example, a woman can choose the top by bust size instead of an overall number size that may not be as accommodating for unique needs.
Getting into and out of a one-piece swimsuit is nowhere near as easy as putting on a tankini, especially if the swimsuit is wet. Plus, many tankini tops are loose-fitting in the torso area, so you can slide one over your head without feeling squeezed too tightly in all the wrong places. In addition, a tankini top can easily replace a regular tank top, making it the perfect double-duty option for beach vacations. You’ll have one less piece of clothing to pack!
No matter what kind of tankini you choose, remember to choose one that works for you instead of one that you think you have to wear based on your body type.