Hey shorties. Hey swimwear. It’s all good, mamas who also have to get out the step stool to put dishes away…I’m here for you. I’ve thought long and hard about a few swim options that trick the eyes into thinking we’re actually 5’10”. Ha. Well, OKAY not really, but we’re all about problem solving here at TME and today’s focus is on suits that flatter those of us with shorter legs and/or torsos. It’s not that you can’t rock whatever the hell you want to, but if you’re looking for some ideas that might look nice, look no further.
BTW, when you’re done here, be sure to check out all the new bathing suits in our annually updated Swim Shop!
The Suit With a High Neck Top
This style of top is amazing for two reasons. One, it draws the eye up making your torso look longer. Two, it keeps the girls nicely in place while you’re swimming with kiddos, playing games, etc. It’s one of my favorite style tops. Loving this one from Athleta I’m wearing above. (which turns out is a bra…ha, but the fabric could totally pass for swim – in my defense, it was on a table with swim bottoms! This one is really similar but with a different back.)
The Swimsuit With a Midi Top
The midi tank is great for shorter figures because even though it covers a bit more, it shows some skin at the waist breaking up your torso. The trick here, too, is to wear bottoms that are less contrasting with your skin tone to add length to your figure.
The Classic Bikini
The classic 2-piece bikini is another flattering option on shorter figures. This is the most torso-lengthening and again we’re using the bottoms that contrast less with my skintone to make legs look their longest. Stick to a bikini-style cut on bottom rather than one that comes farther down on the legs, like a boyshort, to again, give legs length. I love this top from J.Crew because it stays in place, is flattering and comfy. It’s one of Scotti’s favs, too!
The Cutout One-Piece
A one-piece with cutouts is one of the few one-piece styles that seems to be flattering for shorter statures. This gorgeousness in black and white is a little more covered, but still breaks up the torso and draws your eye up. Sadly, the one I tried on above is out of stock, but you can see how the style looks on someone 5’3″ at least! This one from Asos is super cute, too, but selling quickly.
Whew, you guys. The swim search is no joke for any of us, taller or shorter. I hope this helps with the hunt a bit for those of us who are slightly more vertically challenged. If you have any good recommendations that would fit these suggestions, please send them our way!
Happy Summer, friends!
I’d love for you to follow my summer over on Instagram @elletrain… we’re almost to warm temps here in Portland, Oregon. You’ll see lots of kitchen dance parties, recipe ideas, everyday outfits and general craziness. See ya over there!