Rated 1 out of 5 by JTarcy Serius swimmers only
This suit is so tight, to give you a sleekness, that it is not really suitable for what I wanted it for--beach and pool wear. Even though I bought a size up, the chest was so binding that I was nearly getting cleavage on my back. Had to return it.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WinnipegMom Perfect fit AND pretty!
I love how this suit fits me. I am so pleased I want to buy all the colors, and I wish LL Bean would make this suit in some additional prints! I am 5'10'', have a bit of a longer torso, a 42" bust, a bit of a belly #which the suit nicely hides#, and almost no hips, and this suit fits me perfectly! #size 14#. I don't know how it would fit someone with a very different shape.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Xenon Magic Suit
I ordered one size up. It was very tight and hard to put on the first time, but after three swims it's much easier and fits perfectly. Since I'm getting older (a lot older), I really appreciate the dense fabric, "modesty pads" in the bra, slight compression in the stomach, and print that camouflages many figure flaws..
July 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sunshineone holds up well
I have been wearing this suit (print lap suit) for 7 months, 3X/ week, and the material has held up better than other suits I've had. I agree with the other reviewers that the bottom fits a bit loosely, and the midriff is snug. I am 5'1'', 132 #, and a 38C and took a size 14. The straps can be tight to get on, but once on they do not slip off and provide freedom of movement for the serious swimmer! The geometric print hides figure flaws well. I have enjoyed this suit. I rinse my suits in cold water after a swim and in Woolite when I get home. I hate to spend money on a suit that deteriorates #even on sale# , but even so this suit is well worth it , as it will last.
July 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Twiggs Great suit!
I spend 7 hrs a week in a YMCA pool teaching aerobics. I usually go through a suit in 4 to 6 weeks. I tried another polyester suit and it lasted 2 1/2 months before falling apart. I bought my first LL Bean suit in January. It's a snug fit, tight getting on and off, but moves well when exercising no slipping or riding up. My suit lasted till early May when the bra cup lining disintergrated. The suit showed no stretch or wear at all. I was so excited about the suit I went to the store and bought two more. I'm getting ready to order the last color that I don't own before they sell out. The patterned suit is very flattering, my favorite. I get complements no matter which I wear. People keep asking if I've lost weight.
July 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Heucherella Fits like a glove
I bought the black suit on sale a few weeks ago and recently wore it for the first time in aqua therapy class. Having read the reviews that commented on difficulty pulling it on and off, I was forewarned and so put it on quite carefully the first time. I am 5"11" plus and 145 pounds and I ordered my usual size, 12L. It's quite snug but a larger size would probably be too big on top. It was very comfortable in the pool and earned me compliments on my figure. :) The fabric seems quite tough and I'll be interested to see how well it holds up to chlorine.
The reason for 4 rather than 5 stars is that I wish LL Bean offered a plain shelf bra in a long-torso suit, rather than the soft cup bra. The shelf bra is getting harder and harder to find.
June 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kris59 Great Suit!
I was looking for a suit that would fit and look flattering and found it with this suit. I read the other reviews and realized that the size 8 suit would probably fit even though I normally wear a smaller size. I'm 59 yrs. old, 5' 1", 110 lbs. This suit fit well, the bra padding is not in the way, although I don't really need any help there! It does not stretch when dry, but it was still easy to get on. The leg opening is a tad too big, but not enough to cause me any problems. Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase.
April 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elicia Good fit
This suit fits a large-busted woman with excellent coverage and support. I normally wear a size 6 suit but the 8 was the ideal size for me. I am going to be comfortable in this suit swimming, snorkeling and windsurfing. I just ordered my second one in a diferent color. Thanks LLBean!
April 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simpleelegance Sturdy and attractive, no compromises
This suit is the one I have sought. Attractive, great fit and durable for my daily water treading and aerobics. This suit does it all, looks great and lasts in chlorine and long sessions in the water. Perfect for snorkeling too, no danger of slipping off when you remove your wetsuit. 5'6" 124 took size 10 in this, fits snug, no sagging.
February 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Antsy Great, dual-purpose suit for me, but....
This is an odd suit, perfect for me, but not for everyone. First, after reading the reviews, I ordered up a bit (I'm a 10/12); the 12 was fine. The front lining is almost like a shaper - very firm, holding in the tummy. Also, a bit tight across the bust, with soft cups (fine for my small chest). It's somewhat hard to squeeze into (especially the 1st time), but once on, it's fine. Plus, it loosens up in the water, and over time. (However, it is almost impossible to pull it on if it's wet.) I took it on a snorkeling vacation and found it both flattering and functional. I liked not having to pack both a boring lap suit and a "nicer" suit for my vacation. I love the color and design. So, if you're looking to improve your shape a bit, and flatten your tummy, and you don't have large chest or hips, it might be the dream suit for you, too. I haven't worn it more than 5-6 times in chlorinated water, but so far, so good (at home, I always rinse my lap swimming suits in fresh water with an aquarium chlorine-removal product added).
February 26, 2013