Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where to Find Modest, Attractive Swimwear?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where to Find Modest, Attractive Swimwear?

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Post-Gazette style editor Sara Bauknecht occasionally devotes a column to answering a fashion or beauty-related question from a reader. Here's this month's installment of Stylebook Snapshot: Q & A edition.

DEAR STYLEBOOK: My husband and I are planning a trip to Florida to visit my brother and his wife, so I am in need of a swimsuit. Despite being in my mid-60s, when many women are thicker through the middle, I am thin. I wear size zero or double zero. Swimsuits designed for the (ahem) mature woman, such as one-pieces or skirted suits, don't seem to come in sizes that small. Bikinis are certainly not age appropriate, and neither are suits from the girls department, which I sometimes resort to for jeans if the style is plain enough and the inseam long enough. Can you help?

-- SWIMWEAR STRUGGLES

DEAR SWIMWEAR STRUGGLES: I love that warm weather is right around the corner, but the thought of shopping for a swimsuit is almost enough to make me want to stay snuggled up in sweats all year. Searching for the perfect swimsuit is hard, no matter your age, body shape or personal style. Thankfully, it's a bit better than it used to be with the resurgence in recent years of maillot and tankini-style swimwear in attractive styles. Plus, high-waisted and longline two-piece options are more modest alternatives to the itsy bitsy bikini. But you're right - finding these styles in extra- small sizes is no easy feat.

Rather than store hopping on the hunt for the perfect suit, home in on shops and brands that are more likely to cater to your needs. For instance, specialty lingerie and loungewear shops sometimes will carry a limited selection of swimwear by brands not typically seen in big-box stores. Starting in April, Calligramme at 5417 Butler St. in Lawrenceville will offer a few swim pieces among its usual inventory of vintage-inspired intimates. …

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