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Expert Help With Swimwear Selection

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Q. I’m chasing my young kids around at the pool all summer. What type of suit would you recommend for the neighborhood pool and water parks?

A: Sporty styles are in, and racer-back bikinis and tankinis are a great option. In addition to the racer-back style, suits that feature over-the-shoulder straps stay in place better, allowing for ease of movement. It’s best to avoid tops that have a lot of ties or straps since they are more likely to have a wardrobe malfunction if tiny hands that are clinging to you give your ties a tug. Skirted and shorts-style swim bottoms have always been popular; these styles alleviate the need to toss a cover-up on, and you’re ready if your kids sneak up on you with a big splash!

Q. I wear a 34DD bra, but when I try-on a Large or XL swimsuit top, it does not give me the support or coverage that I need. I spill out underneath. Help!!!

A: When you see a swimsuit sized as S-M-L, it typically accommodates and supports up to a C cup. Specialty swimwear lines such as Coco Reef, Fantasie, Freya and Seafolly offer true bra-sized bikinis and tankinis to give the coverage and support you need, whether you’re a 32D or a 36F. These styles feature a deeper cup, an underwire or supportive seams, adjustable straps and clasps to give you lift and support. Staff members at specialty stores can consult with you on the best styles that suit you. Plus, they can help adjust straps and ensure the proper fit.

Written by: Kelly Bietka-Ediger

Kelly Bietka-Ediger has been in the swimwear industry for more than 15 years. At Swim Quik, she is responsible for merchandise buying, the day-to-day operations and working with its swim teams. Swim Quik offers a unique selection of fashion swimwear and cover-ups as well as competition swimwear, equipment and accessories for the entire family year-round. Its knowledgeable staff takes pride in offering personalized customer service. 2016 marked Swim Quik’s 40th year serving beach bums, lake-goers, pool loungers, swim team families, triathletes and recreational swimmers in the Kansas City metro area.