Rated 5 out of 5 by Glissando Wonderful Design
This bathing suit has so much going for it! The design is a classic but updated with the empire lines. It fits beautifully and whats more, it is comfortable. I know I will not be self-conscious in this bathing suit. In addition to great style, it is made so well and will hold up to an active day by the pool or on the beach. You thought of everything with this suit.
February 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greatbathingsuit self conscious in swimsuit LOVES this suit
I usually have a terrible time finding a swimsuit, but I LOVE this suit! It fits well, and it looks good! For once, I won't be self conscious when I go swimming. I tend to fluctuate in weight a little, and I'm tempted to buy one in several sizes, just in case! Don't discontinue this one!!
March 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lifeisgoodnow Great choice for a 18W size body
I had put on a lot of weight in the last year (it was a rough year) and was determined to get back to a healthy weight. I love water sports as a fun way to exercise, but loath shopping for bathing suits even when my body was in size 6 shape.
So what to do...wait until I drop weight to buy a swim suit, or buy a swim suit now to allow me to start exercising now?
LL Bean is the answer! My thighs being the most out of shape, I couldn't imagine feeling comfortable in public with them exposed, so I chose this swimsuit, using the LL Bean sizing guide to pick the size that closest matched my current measurements.
This is about as good a suit as I could imagine for my situation. I am amazed how good I look in it. I am very comfortable to wear it in public. And now I am in the pool and Jacuzzi on a weekly basis.
Oh, and the suit is very comfortable to wear. Sure, the skirt rides up a little bit in the hot tub but very tolerable considering that I feel comfortable in it the way I am now.
(I'm down 20 lbs so far, so may be needing another suit soon.)
I know this review has been more about me than the suit, but for many of us, how we feel about ourselves when wearing a bathing suit is pretty important. No, it won't make you look like a 19 year old hottie in a bikini, but no suit is going to do that. If you want to feel comfortable and confident in public in a bathing suit though, this is a good choice.
Suggestion: when ordering, forget whatever size you usually use to buy clothing. Pay attention to the LL Bean sizing guide, take your measurements, and pick the size that comes closest to your measurements.
March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheBeanFromCA Empire Swimwear - WOW even in Tropical Blue!
This is my first LLBean purchase in over 10 years since I moved. I hate purchasing swimwear but needed something for my upcoming cruise and I wanted to try it out now before being "stuck" with it on a cruise. I thought the Empire Swimwear, Swim Dress Print was cute online so I'd give it a try. I'm usually very picky about color - loving dark colors - but the Tropical Blue/White was on sale and I only wanted to try this out - I was already expecting to return it. But I got the Tropical Blue/White in the mail and it looks even better in person! It's not as "bright" as I thought it would be but it's a very lovely blue and has small white polka dots.
So the color was great - I decided to test it out - It was FANTASTIC. I felt confident "hanging" around the pool and swimming. It has great coverage. I've worn it a few times just casually swimming and the color has not faded. It takes about 2 days to "hang" dry completely so if you might need a 2nd swimsuit if you're swimming two days in a row. I bought the size that I would normally wear in a dress and it fit perfectly. I would recommend this to anyone. It's cute and hides many of the problem areas. I just purchased another type of swimsuit from LLbean hoping it'll be as nice as this one.
February 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Phancy My favorite swimsuit
This suit is so comfortable, easy on, easy off. My first one lasted 6 months of being worn twice a week for water aerobics. The only reason I retired it was because of the fading from the saltwater pool water.
The skirt doesn't bother me in the water and it is great for the style. Sizing is right on.
So glad this style is still available. Don't retire it! I should order my 3rd now while its available!
January 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Katie55 All time favorite
I bought the black print in 2012 and liked it so well I ordered the same suit in blue in 2013. Adjustable straps allow for a perfect fit. The shorter skirt length is just right for me, and the styling camouflages my tummy without looking frumpy.
I give this one 5 stars-cute, comfortable, and a great fit.
January 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by libbiesmom Missing a size
I bought this suit at the store in Maine in June, I returned it for fit. . I wish it came in 16W or in 18 reg. (It does not) the regular 16 was too tight across the back, the next size was 18W - too big! It didn't come in a size in between! Too bad because this is really the suit I wanted, the style was perfect, the straps were adjustable, the length was good, etc Add a size 16W or reg 18 LL Bean, please?
September 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BabsinA2 Great fit, not for fittness swimming
Love the fit of the suit. Perfect coverage of tummy, thighs. Straps have adjustment so they don't fall down. I bought this suit in 2012, used it 4-5 times a week in community pool for lap swimming. It lasted 4 months before losing color, elasticity. To the point of it drooping below my knees. Since I paid $94 for it, I contacted LLBEAN. The company replaced it graciously. I tried other suits, not happy with fit or quality. Went back to this one in Feb 2013. Same thing happened to it by June. I just re-bought it in July, this time in a different color, So, I conclude that it is great over-all, just expect to replace it more frequently if used heavily.
July 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by airbornemom Very flattering!
This is the most flattering suit I have ever owned. I am 5' 1", short waisted, and heavier than I should be. I rarely feel comfortable in a swimsuit, so I usually wear shorts over my suit. The skirt on this suit is loose, and long enough to hide my upper thighs. I was pleasantly surprised at the fit.. Thanks, LLBean, for making a suit that looks good on those of us who don't look as good as we once did!
July 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by gingo comfortable, great fit
This is the first time I ever bought a swimsuit on line but I had spent hours trying on suits in stores. I was apprehensive but I couldn't be happier. I love the way it looks on and the fit is perfect.
July 25, 2013