I have a special affinity for dark browns, so I selected this Tummy Control Tankini Top and the coordinating Tummy Control SwimMini. I figured that a swim skirt was the best way to go. Did I mention the stretch marks on my hips?
When I first handled the swim skirt in person, it was very apparent that it was going to offer quite a bit of control. It did not have a separate panel in the front, but rather the entire built-in panty beneath the skirt had a control lining. When I felt the tankini, however, I was worried because I expected to feel the same lining around the torso. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the tankini on for myself. I could feel the control of the fabric and it was definitely slenderizing. I still think for my body issues, I could have used a lining in the top similar to what is in the bottom.
Some of the details I really liked about the top was the metallic accents on the straps, which are meant to draw the eye up away from the mid-section. I only wish there was a second choice of a top with silvertone hardware instead of the gold. I wear all silver, white gold, and platinum jewelry, so a second choice would have been ideal for me.
The other thing I really liked was the seamed bust area which included sewn-in soft cups. The seams slightly resembled boning, but without the discomfort. I thought that the shirred detailing was very flattering, especially for small busted women like me.
Other than the color of the hardware, the only other improvement I would like to suggest is that the top might benefit from a little shirring on the sides. The reason I suggest this is because you can see the waistband of the skirt through the top, so there is an awkward line showing. I think shirred sides may help to camouflage this line. You would unlikely walk around town with obvious pantylines showing, so you would probably not want a line showing across your mid-section while at the beach or poolside.
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Thank you to Lands' End for sending us a sample swimsuit free of charge to base this review upon.