Swimsuits that Fit and Flatter

swimsuit confidence week

Do you have a swimsuit that flatters you? Now is the time to shop for a suit that makes you look and feel fabulous. Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I have taken the plunge. Yes, it’s a bit bold to post a swim picture, but it’s all a part of National Swimsuit Confidence Week.

For the past few years, Lands’ End has sent suits out to women and challenged them to slip on a suit, pose and feel great in just a few bits of fabric. Since I’m all about empowerment, I joined the fray. Don’t be the woman hiding out in the shade while everyone else is having fun in the water. Find a great suit and go for it.

I’m wearing the Shape & Enhance Dot Surplice Tankini Top ($99) in Black Shadow Dots.  Let me tell you, this top is a secret weapon. Thanks to the “exclusive technology” my boobs have been lifted back to where they were before kids and my waist has been nipped in. The suit is structured, but not stiff and constricting. The rouching (or all-over shirring) takes off inches.

lands' end swimwear

On the bottom I’ve got the Regular Shape & Enhance Bikini Bottom ($49). It’s a great basic bottom, that doesn’t ride up.

lands' end swimwear

I love tankini styling. When I want to get exposure on my tummy, I can. When I want to be more covered, I can do that too. They are sexy and also work for water sports. Just a versatile, flattering style. Yes, I still have some bikinis that get some pool time, but a sleek suit like this invariably is my go-to suit. How about you? What are you wearing to the beach this weekend?


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  • You Look Great a Big Fan of Lands End. I love the no riding up.

    • momtrends

      Here’s to walking the beach without a wedgie!

  • andy

    me like 🙂

  • Happinessatmidlife

    This suit looks great on you. I am just starting my hunt for a new suit and there’s a shop that does customized suits that I am planning to check out. Just curious does this tankini create a big bubble when you are in the water? I avoid tankinis for that reason, it drives me nuts.


  • theshoppingmama

    Great suit! I have no doubt you’d look amazing in anything, but this sounds like a winner for those of us with more to camouflage. I love my Lands’ End bathing suits – they are such great quality and cute to boot.

    • momtrends

      Thanks Kate. We all have our issues. Fortunately LE has a solution for most of them.

  • You look awesome in that suit. I’ve lost a bunch of weight since last summer so I need to get a new one myself. You’d think I’d be excited about this, but I’m so not.

    • momtrends

      Shop at home. I hate trying on swimsuits at stores. Ugh.

  • Cute bathing suit, Nicole! I need to get a new one piece this year!

    • momtrends

      They have good 1-pcs too, but I have a long torso and they tend to ride up on me, so I love a tankini.

  • Oh boy do I ever need a flattering swimsuit this year!! Love the dots 🙂

    • momtrends

      Sarah, you would love the suits in the “structure section”–that’s where I shopped. It’s all about getting the pieces back in the right spots after the baby shift.

  • Hey leggy beauty!!! Such a classy/cute bathing suit! You look gorgeous in it! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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    • momtrends

      Ha! i agree the suit is CLASSY!


    You look wonderful in swimming suit.
    Nice to join you today.

    • momtrends

      Thanks and welcome!

  • You look fantastic in that swim suit! It’s super cute and Mama approved! 🙂

    • momtrends

      Agree. Totally mom-friendly without being frumpy.

  • Baby Shopaholic

    You look great! You are so bold! Go girl!

    • momtrends

      Seriously. Sometimes I think I have lost my mind.

  • First off, you look awesome! My biggest problem is full coverage on the bottom, without it riding up. These bottoms look perfect.

    • momtrends

      The bottoms are great. That’s why I shared the back-view. I don’t like creepage one bit.

  • Sexy lady! Love it!

    • momtrends

      Definitely putting it all out there this week!

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious

    HOTTIE!!! You look amazing in that suit, as usual!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alicia, but I have to give A LOT of credit to a well-designed suit.

  • MIH Janise

    You look fantastic!

  • sandyalamode

    you look amazing!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • hot! you look so good in that suit, and way impressive to do a back view, too. haha, definitely looks like a quality suit (on a great looking mama!),



    • momtrends

      I have no pride. It’s all to save other women from bad suit decisions!

  • Loving the polka dots and you look incredible!

    • momtrends

      Thanks K!

  • Spashionista Alicia Searcy

    Wow! You look drop-dead gorgeous in that swimsuit! I salute you, because I could never pull that off LOL 😉

    Spashionista (Alicia)

    • momtrends

      Alicia, I do believe there is a great suit for almost everyone. It’s all about the hunt.

  • Love your swimsuit as much as your well-toned figure.

    • momtrends

      Pilates and a lot of rouching. Good combo.

  • You look super fit Nicole.

    • momtrends

      Thanks Tanvi, but a good suit helps.

  • susan

    Wow! You look amazing and your arms are so great. Jealous.
    I followed you via bloglovin’…I’m Ava Grace’s Closet!

    • momtrends

      Yay! And I owe the arms to pilates.

  • Oh to Be a Muse

    Kudos to you for posing in the swimsuit for all to see. I think you look beautiful! I would def. wear this suit.

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    • momtrends

      I think this one is very flattering to all.

  • Oksana

    Love your swimsuit! Polka dots are adorable!

  • Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy

    Seriously, you look AMAZING Nicole!! Great swimsuit!


    • momtrends

      Thanks Jenny. Notice it is not a string bikini. I will leave that the Real Housewives.

  • Finding swimwear you look and feel confident in is the best. showing it off on the blog? Go you!

    • momtrends

      I’m beyond modesty at this point. Too many photos out there to go back now!

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  • Wow Nicole the fact that you show us the bathing suit from behind..you should be so proud! I could never do that! You look awesome!! I’d love to read a post on your diet and food lifestyle!


    • momtrends

      That post would be long and boring. But maybe it will happen. Thanks for the support of my backside!

  • Carly

    You look AWESOME girl! Of course you have swimsuit confidence…I believe it or not, USUALLY do…but only 8 months post baby I am DREADING getting in a suit again…about to order my FIRST FULL PIECE EVER from Speigel..we shall see….

    • momtrends

      8 months–don’t be hard on yourself and also look for ruching. It’s a new mom’s best friend.

  • You look amazing!! I need a good suit. I have quite a few, but none of them are perfect…


    • momtrends

      Yeah, that was my problem too. I have to purge some of the old ones.

  • Carrie Teal

    You look great. I think if you feel good in a suit and have confidence that can help make a suit flattering.


    • momtrends

      You are so right!

  • I would KILL to look like you in a swimsuit! Lands’ End does a great job with their mix and match suits. Love the dots!

    • momtrends

      I think the separates idea is genius. We come in so many shapes and sizes.

  • Have to admit, I have never tried Lands’ End, though one woman I know swears by their suits. Will have to browse online!

    I love the vintage-style swimsuits that have been so popular over the past few years… especially because my tiny bikini days are behind me!

    • momtrends

      I agree the glam vintage suits deserve another day in the sun (ha!)

  • Love your swimsuit! I love swimwear shopping, too, and I think more women should be confident to strut your body. Haha!:) Joined the linkup, by the way!

    • momtrends

      Welcome. And I think swim shopping should be done at home!

  • Ann

    That is one great swimsuit! Perfect in all ways. You look great!

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  • You look awesome! Love that suit!

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  • Jo-Lynne Shane

    Wow you are brave! And you look amazing. I love Lands End suits. They just nail it every time.

    • momtrends

      I think they have the swim testing down to a science.

  • momtrends

    Thank you.

  • The suit looks beautiful on you! I bought a bandeau style one piece last year from them and love it!

    So excited for Summa’h! 😉 Xo

  • Swimming suits are tricky but as always you look amazing.