Rated 5 out of 5 by MSAWN I'm impresssed!
Buying a swimsuit online is obviously risky. I fully expected to have to return this as soon as it arrived. But with all the excellent reviews this suit has, I thought I would give it a try -- and I'm so glad I did. I am 5' 8" and usually wear LLBean size 10-12 (medium). Based on reviewed, I ordered size 14 (Long) - and it fit! Not only is it comfortable but looks great too! I don't like to wear revealing swim suits but I also don't want to look like I raided granny's closet. This suit is perfect in that respect -- I feel covered up but it doesn't look frumpy and actually looks quite cute on me! I like it very much. Unlike previous "slimming" suits that I have had -- this one isn't super tight and you don't need to perform any wriggling gymnastics to get into it. This makes it very comfortable to wear but I find it doesn't have as much "tummy taming" as I would have liked (my problem area). If I lived closer, I may have tried a size 12 (my true size) instead of ordering up as I think that might be the issue. However, it is comfortable and certainly not overly restrictive like many slimming suits can be. The material is surprisingly substantial but wears wonderfully when you put it on and flatters my body shape nicely. I would order a second one in a heart beat if they had more colour/pattern choices. Quality and fit of this suit is outstanding.
September 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mar2u One little flaw...
It's a great fitting suit, as well as slimming. No problems with fading. Classic looking from the front, but the back straps have cheap looking silver metal on them, while they are very strong..they just take away from the classic look.
July 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JosieLu Feeling Sassy
I was a bit apprehensive about a swim dress, but knew that this year with a 3 year old and a 1 year old by my side at the pool and the beach, I needed all the help I could get when lifting, bending, and sitting. This suit arrived, and I love it! It is just enough coverage on the bottom and just the right amount of sassy throughout the rest of the suit to make it work. The adjustable straps allow you to "lift and hoist" while feeling sexy, and the slimming material helps keep the belly a bit firmer. I am 5'6" and wear a size 10. I ordered a 12, and it is perfect. Kudos!
July 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomOfAllyandAvery Great fit and Super Comfy!
Great swim suit! I'm 28 and just had baby (#2) 7 weeks ago and it definitely helps smooth out my belly and holds everything in on top! It's very comfortable and is true to size!
June 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by June234 Very flattering suit
I ordered this suit in navy and am also going to order one in black. I am approaching 50 and I know I can't wear a string bikini any longer (and shouldn't be!) but I don't want to wear a boring suit either. This suit helps with the fact that no matter how much core work I do, my stomach will not be what it was when I was 25. It cinches in my waist, slims my hips and the top is really comfortable too all while being really flattering and classy while still having some style. Love it!
June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mommyofmultiples Instant Unsolicited Compliments!
I'm 5'8" and 160 pounds, with a C-section "pooch." I got the 14Long in this suit, and as soon as I put it on my friend said, "Hey--you lost weight!" Well, sisters, it doesn't get any better than that.
June 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by janan Beautiful Suit
This suit is so much prettier and more attractive in person than shown in the photo. A beautiful rich print with vibrant colors, and a becoming style.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CincinnatiLisa Love, Love, LOVE this swimsuit!!
This is a great swimsuit! I have purchased a similar style from LL Bean for years but this has been updated with straps instead of a halter, which is much more comfortable.
This suit is colorful, flirty and fun and provides good coverage. It definitely is slimming and pulls you in to give a tiny waist (I am 5'7', size 12, but I wear a size 14 in this suit). The skirt is cute but not matronly. It's an expensive suit, but well worth every penny in my opinion and I will keep buying this style for years to come. Thank you LL Bean!!
April 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by onlineshopper2013 Lovely material but NOT Slimming in the least
I am 5'8, heavy in the stomach, but average otherwise, usually a size 16. Bought an 18 just to be cautious and got the world's worst fit. The bust was too large, the suit is very long in the body, but most disappointing is that it has little to no slimming capability at all through the mid-section. The skirt begins *below* the abdomen and sticks out around the top of the legs, making me look like a walrus in a kiddie skirt! Too bad because the color and material are lovely. I was tempted to try an exchange for a different style, but this "slimming" suit is so NOT slimming that I am afraid to waste more time with styling and sizing that is this different from what was described. LLBean: Please care more about accurate sizing.
March 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Renee21 Very Flattering!!
I haven't purchased a new swimsuit in years, as I couldn't find the right style, fit, and color to replace the few I have. Took a chance with this new L.L. Bean Swimdress, and I couldn't be happier!! It certainly lives up to its' claim for being slimming. The quality of the fabric is impressive, and I love the pattern, as well. Purchased the Zip Front Cover-Up in Tropical Blue, and it matches the swimsuit perfectly. Can't wait to wear it at the beach or pool!! By the way, I purchased the same dress size that I wear, and it fit perfectly...
February 13, 2013