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  1. If I could just get up the courage to join a gym. I need to be more fit but it wont happen by summer. Just not enough time left. I know they sell some type of slimmer swimsuit at JC pennys and run about 60 bucks. I need something that helps my mid section until I can work it off by eating better and exercising.

  2. Isabel don’t swelter just do the best you can with what you’ve got. I try to wrap a really lightweight almost sheer sari around my waist over my swimsuit & pitch it off as I get closer to the water. Don’t be too paranoid most people are too busy worrying about their own figure flaws to worry about yours. I also like the sound of high-cut bikini bottoms that come up to the waist & might be just about able to get away with wearing a bikini with a bottom half like this. Enjoy your summer, ours in Australia was fairly pitiful with terrible floods & not many hot days. :)

  3. Hi Deborah,
    I always enjoy your words and stories.
    The problem that I have found with the tips and tricks to hide the belly is that they only seem to work when you are facing front. Even in the makeover programs you see that when the lady with the hidden belly turns, the buldge is still noticeable from the sides.
    I have tried diagonal stripes, rouching and eventhough you see an optical illusion when you see in the mirror, everything fades when you see your profile.
    Is there any other idea besides wearing shapewear undergarments? Because with a very humid tropical weather is almost unbearable.
    Thank you and keep up with your excellent work.

    • Hi Isabel, Yes, you are right, if you have some extra tummy to hide it can be tricky. There are ways to dress your self so you can look 10 pounds thinner. I think that is the point. We have to accept the way we are and just try to work with what we have the best we can! SO, even if you still see some curves just embrace them and dress them, don’t hide them under a big baggy top. A site that is great is , Black Cat Plus . They have clothes that flatter those fuller figures with sass and style!

  4. Hi Deb, Loving the swimsuit conversations. Here in Australia, the Swimdress was our most popular style last year. I think it was the retro revival and also they are very figure flattering when you don’t love your belly and want to cover that behind a little more…super cute. They essentially have 2 layers – a full piece under (with ‘power netting’…fabulous stuff!) and a ‘skirt’ over, falling from the bust. Higher cut bikini bottoms will be out in full force this coming summer.

    For those longer torsos, consider a longer line tankini…a two piece that looks like a one piece. It will give you the freedom you need and the coverage too.

    So jealous it coming into summer there. Enjoy every moment!

    • Hi Anita,
      Great hearing from you gals over at Sequins and Sand. Can never keep up who’s summer comes first, yours or ours!! Ha!! Life is a circle!
      I was just at Norstroms last night and saw some of the new retro revival suits! LOVED them…also excited to see more styles this season with the skirts.

      Love your site!

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