With record high temps, extreme heat advisories, and wildfires burning, it seems like everyone is trying to keep cool. We’ve done picks for bikinis and one pieces, so now it’s time to tackle reader Nancy’s suggestion of tankinis. If you’re new to the tankini, it’s like a middle ground between the bikini and one piece. It’s two separate pieces, but the top is in a tank top style, so it covers most if not all of your mid-section. Let’s dive in! (Pun definitely intended.)
Boden is known for its fun patterns and great colors. This tankini has two floral patterns and two polka dot patterns, with a good selection of sizes left. Fun and sassy for summer.
I was hesitant to include this one but I was swayed by the cute pattern and great price. If you have a wide mid-section in relation to your hips and bust, you want to avoid this suit–the horizontalish stripes will exaggerate the width. Even on this thin model, her lower abdomen appears to be wider than it actually is. But, I love the bandeau across the bust, and the darling matching bottoms.
Target is proof that you don’t have to spend a ton of dough to look cute. These easy, casual tankinis are all under $30, and you can mix and match with different bottoms. Also included is the plus size top at far right which provides extra support in the bust.
I’ve always thought of Speedo as a brand for athletes, but the great silhouette and clean lines of this piped suit prove me wrong. Double straps for support and flattering ribbons at the side to cinch to your preferred fit. Probably not a suit for big busted ladies who prefer a lot of support.
For gals who love color and patterns, these suits by Ocean Avenue are crazy! I love the floral print at left–definitely a suit I would wear–it looks like a painting. At right, a tribal pattern with great straps; it almost looks like a statement necklace on top of the suit. Because both of these suits have lots of colors, you can wear them with any number of solid colored bottoms.
The Miraclesuit–its claim to fame is that you’ll look 10 pounds lighter in it. The fabric compresses and shapes without being uncomfortable. Never tried one myself but I know they’re doing bang-up business while charging upwards of $100 for their suits, so they must be on to something. These tankinis are elegant and pretty.
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