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Finding swimsuits that make you look slimmer

June 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Buying a swimsuit can be a painful process - unforgiving lights, bad mirrors. It's not something many look forward to. But we teamed up with Consumer Reports to find swimsuits that show a thinner you.

Beach days are here - the sun, the sand and waves. But finding a perfect bathing suit is enough to keep you indoors.

Maybe a swimsuit that promises to make you look slimmer is the answer. This Miraclesuit claims you can "look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds."

In its quest to find the perfect swimsuit, Consumer Reports ShopSmart recruited a few brave women to try out more than a dozen slimming suits.

"We got a fit professional to come in with her tape measure and her experienced eye to check out the women in the suits to see if they met their claims," said Jody Rohlena of Consumer Reports ShopSmart.

For Karen Cerno, ShopSmart found that the $132 Victoria's Secret Firm Control Crisscross Shaping one-piece did trim all over. But what fit even better, was the $142 Tommy Bahama one-piece that promises a "flattering fit for any figure."

"It does slim you. It does do what it says it's going to do," said Cerno.

For Cherie Heinz, ShopSmart liked the Spanx Woven Halter one-piece for $198. The waist detail instantly slims.

"With this suit, when I was sitting down, I didn't feel as though I had to suck in my stomach, so that was a very huge selling point for me," said Heinz.

Even better was a less-expensive suit that took one and half inches off Heinz's waist. It was the Lands' End All-Over Control Slender Grecian Swimdress for $109.

"I like that the skirt hides a lot of evils," said Heinz.

Rohlena said it's important to try on a swimsuit.

"The suits that claim to slim you, I mean they really did slim, and that's impressive, but not every suit looks good on every person. So depending on what your problem area is or how the suit happens to fit, it's really important to try on the suit before you buy it," said Rohlena.

So, hopefully, the next time you have to buy a bathing suit it's going to be a little less painful.

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