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ZAKNEE SparkPoints: (14,351)
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2/25/14 4:28 P

Thank you so much. I think I will stick with a one piece because I want to do water aerobics and I think maybe the skirt would get in the way. I hadn't really thought of that so thank you for pointing it out. Maybe I'll get a second suit for during summer for just hanging out in the sun.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/23/14 4:17 P

I do LIKE tankinis--they are great for the beach, for hiking and then jumping in a river, for canyoneering. They just aren't ideal for swimming laps.

Land's End has great suits with good coverage. I always buy my suits there because they have a long-torso option. Their swimwear is a bit pricey, but they are of extremely good quality.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
2/23/14 1:40 P

One piece is the way to go if you're swimming for exercise. try for some nice one pieces with modest cuts.

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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2/23/14 8:56 A

racerback one-piece is my go-to swimsuit for that kind of stuff.
As someone mentioned before, the skirts drag, and tankinis are more trouble than they're worth... the shirt part rises up sometimes too, not just the skirt, which to me is the more annoying part (since at least you have a reg swimsuit bottom under the skirt...
I would suggest finding a one-piece with a racerback and sits lower on the hips; my fav tend to be speedo brand.

FITMOMMY1836 SparkPoints: (17,684)
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2/22/14 11:47 P

I like one piece suits that go high enough on the back that my back fat doesn't fall out. If I were to swim for serious exercise, I'd probaby get one that has good coverage and maybe a racer back so I don't have to worry about 'falling out' in the front or anything shifting. As for the bottom part, I always thought the skirt thing made women look 1. self conscious and 2. larger then they are. i think finding a leg opening that fits you properly is most important, not too tight. For larger women a medium, cut is most flattering. Too closed and you look too old lady and too high and it's not appropriate.

ZAKNEE SparkPoints: (14,351)
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2/22/14 7:10 P

Thank you for the advice, it gives me something to think about.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (261,065)
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2/22/14 2:00 P

Skirt suits actually make women look bigger.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/22/14 12:21 P

You don't want to try to do laps in a skirt--bad idea. I can't even swim in a tankini though, so take that with a grain of salt.

I swim fast and the drag can be horrible in a tankini, especially if it is too loose

NEPTUNE032701 SparkPoints: (5,257)
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2/22/14 8:45 A

My favorite swimsuit is a tankini with a short skirt bottom (like a miniskirt). It does float up a little, but I appreciate a little extra coverage in the rear.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,201
2/22/14 8:26 A

I own a couple tankini's with the skirt bottoms instead of "regular" bottoms. The skirts are not *that* long or voluminous. While they float up a little bit in the water-- really, only noticeable if you're standing still -- it doesn't in any way hinder my movement. I hardly notice it. What I like is having the little bit of extra coverage, when I get out of the water. So (for me) the plus of a skirt, outweighs any little bit of minus for the floating up part.

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,153)
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2/21/14 10:31 P

My experience has been that a skirt floats up.

ZAKNEE SparkPoints: (14,351)
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2/21/14 5:38 P

I am thinking of joining the Y because I love to swim. Problem is I don't fit in my swimsuit anymore (it's to big). I have been looking at swimdresses (I think they would be more flattering), but I wonder if the dress part would float up when I am in the water. I thought about the skirt ones as well. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks for your help.

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