Archive for the ‘Swimwear’ Category

In-Store Event: Vitamin A Swimwear at Linda’s Murray Hill

By Linda the Bra Lady on April 16th, 2012 in Brand Profiles, Swimwear, Trend Watch

You’re Invited! Are you on the hunt for a bathing suit for your next vacation or stay-cation? Whether you’re just taking a dip in the pool, laying out in the park, or traveling the seas on your private yacht, Vitamin A swimwear has a swimsuit for you. And now you can get the inside scoop on some of the hottest new styles of the season! Make an appointment now or stop by my Murray Hill store on Thursday April 26th for your first opportunity to try on and take home brand new styles from their Gold (sophisticated, sultry, glamorous) and Silver (flirty, fun and super sassy) collections. The new styles will hit the store that morning – don’t miss out!

Beach Bottoms: Be a flirt. Wear a skirt!

By Linda The Bra Lady on March 7th, 2012 in Linda's Quick Tips, Swimwear, Trend Watch

Let’s be honest, we don’t all have the perfect body. So, unless you are a photoshopped supermodel, it’s nice to have a little extra coverage from your bathing suit. And no, I don’t mean 1920’s Grandma bathing suits. I mean classy AND sassy.  Ta-da! The modern day swim skirt!

Hips Don’t Lie:

We all know how to cover our middle with a one piece or tankini bathing suit, but what about hips? From stretch marks to veins, there are lots of reasons you may not want to showcase your hips.  Sometimes a boyshort bottom just doesn’t do it. And some traditional cover ups are just too much coverage or totally unattractive. So try a new skim skirt! There are so many cute swim skirts now that can cover up hips without sacrificing on style!


The Secrets to Swimwear Shopping Success

By Linda the Bra Lady on December 8th, 2011 in Ask Linda, Linda's Quick Tips, Swimwear

So I’ve helped you find the perfect bra. Hurray! That’s what I do. But did you know that I also carry a wide range of bathing suit styles? Even at the beach, you need to be supported. Just because you are taking a vacation doesn’t mean that your breasts can. Besides, wearing a bathing suit it the closest that many of us come to wearing lingerie in public. In such a fragile situation more important than ever to wear the right garment so you can truly feel your best.

You may be thinking “why in the world is Linda writing about swimsuits in the winter?” First of all, I’m worldwide! So some of my friends on the other side of the equator are actually in the middle of Summer! And second, it’s much easier to feel confident when you go to the beach during the summer: you’re tan, you’ve been slurping fruit and playing outdoors. But, for those that want to indulge in a winter vacation, they’re dealing with pastey skin and a season of wolfing down gravy, eggnog and pie. In your weakest hour, I’m here to help!

Cup Size: Luckily, many of my favorite bra brands also make some of my favorite swimwear! Imagine if you’re a 34F or a 40D and you were asked to buy your bras in small, medium or large. I don’t think so! I carry swimsuits from AA-K cup. You read that right. Get the same support and shape you get from your bras in your swimsuit top. Remember, just like bras, styles and fit vary by brand and style. And just like a petite bust who wants a push up or demi cup, or a fuller bust who needs more coverage, the cup style matters too. Remember, you’ll get the best fit from a cup sized swimsuit top if you get fit or refit by a professional bra fitter, like me! Can’t make it into the store? Pay attention to my suggestions on each item’s Fitting Support, or ask my Bra Divas for help.

Band Size: Again, just like bras, your back band gives the most of your support! So many women tell me “I don’t want the back to dig in – everyone on the beach will see my back fat”. I have the same answer for women who complain about this and their bras: Get over it! A lifted bust will always help you look and feel your best, so without clothes to cover you up, it’s even more obvious if your bust is sliding down your front. Believe me, a lot less people look at the back of you. Focus on the front first!

Underwire vs. Non-Underwire: If you have been blessed with a perfectly perky bust, you can wear a little triangle bikini top or other non-underwire style. But, if your breasts need a bit more lift, try an underwire bathing suit top! Many women don’t associate an underwire with lounging around on the beach, but in the right size, you’ll actually feel more comfortable. Not to mention how supported and secure you’ll feel if you decide to pick up a game of volleyball, dive into the pool or chase after the kids! Just like in your basic bras, an underwire can add more support for those with more to support.

Swimwear for your shape and lifestyle: Women come in all different shapes and sizes and knowing what styles best compliment your own shape will make shopping so much easier. Take a look at a few options below.

  • Women with petite breasts who enjoy a fabulous push up bra or want to create a little more curve on the beach will love the Panache Atlantis line. Their suits are super stylish, but also have built in push ups! Another line, Voda, has string bikini styles with that extra bump. No one will have to know! It’s our little secret. And, because the padding is built in, you won’t have to  run the risk of finding floating push up pads in the pool.


  • Women with a full figure do not need to fear the beach. Picking a suit that helps you feel comfortable will also help you feel confident. First rule: wear a supportive top! Lifted breasts will always help you look taller and thinner whether in clothing or swimwear. A Gorgeous one piece like the Fantasie suit below flatters with it’s basic black torso. Also, the subtle print and twisted material emphasizes your best (and now perky) asset!

  • For those that have serious curves but still want to show it off, I love underwire bikini sets like this one from Panache. The underwire is so supportive and fits so well, you will never have to worry about a swimsuit malfunction while out and about. And sets likes these allow you to mix and match or choose the bottom that best flatters your hips. This boyshort style is a great mixture of coverage and cute, but you could also choose the bikini style or go with a great solid bottom!

  • For those who are very active, even supportive basic styles may not work. Trying a style like this new one piece from Freya will keep all parts of the swimsuit (and of the body) where they should be. I especially love the criss-cross back which acts as extra support. Don’t ruin your swimming experience by wearing a sports bra under your suit (this actually happens!). Wear a supportive and attractive sporty suit instead!

  • Pregnant women are some of the most beautiful women in the world to me, but they don’t always feel like it. It can be stressful to debut your new body at the public beach. Finding a suit that is both comfortable and flattering is the best way to feel fabulous while you wait for Junior to arrive. Whether it’s a one piece, tankini or bikini, finding a suit like this one from Anita and wearing the correct (often upgraded!) cup size is key to feeling great.

  • I’m proud to offer so many amazing mastectomy products in my new Murray Hill store and online! I was trained to fit bras by the American Cancer Society ages ago, and still believe that women who have gone through a mastectomy, lumpectomy or even reconstruction deserve bras and bathing suits just like any other woman. One of my favorite mastectomy brands, Anita, makes great one pieces and this fab tankini! See? Your options don’t have to dwindle after surgery!

These are just a few of my top tips for finding the right bathing suit. Knowing what size or style to wear can really make a difference in how you look and feel. Don’t hide under a floppy hat – flaunt what you have and be proud of what you’ve got!

PS: A special thanks to our current BFF, Tina, who inspired this blog post!

Stay fab!



Think (and Wear) Pink!

By Linda the Bra Lady on October 20th, 2011 in Charity, Petite Fashion, Swimwear

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink is everywhere! And while most supporters may be sporting pink ribbons, hats, or tees, I say you can help the cause underneath it all! Why not support your breasts and a good cause? Dress up your breasts or show some secret support with a great bra or panty. There’s something for everyone!

Big style for petite breasts. This padded Mercedes bra from The Little Bra Company gives shape and support!

The Lunaire Versailles Bra boasts and great pattern, but smooth texture. Bonus: it’s only $32.oo!

How fabulous is this new Cosabella Never Say Never all lace bra? Stunning!

Teach young girls about breast cancer awareness, and the importance of wearing a well-fitting bra! This Royce Missy Sugar ‘N Spice bra is a perfect introduction to the world of bras and breasts.

Keep things simple with this neutral Alicia Underwire Bra from Anita. The touch of pink goes a long way. (Also, check out the mastectomy version!)

Spice things up with these ruffle Rumba Boyshorts from Honeydew! Sassy!

Even nursing moms can support the cause! This Cake Coconut Ice Balconette Nursing Bra is sweet and supportive.

Need a great sports bra for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer? Try the Enell High Impact Sports Bra in pink!

If you’re lucky enough to get away from the rain and cold this October, stash this Freya Pier Underwire Halter Bikini Top in your suitcase, and remember to spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness wherever you go!

Want to get involved? Need more information? Make a fitting appointment or stop by my Murray Hill store on October 27th from 1-9pm for my Care for the Cause Event. Free fittings, fun prizes and great information for all!

Think Pink!



The Best Swimwear for Your Summer Vacation

By Linda the Bra Lady on August 9th, 2011 in Linda's Quick Tips, Swimwear

Summer is in full swing and everyone is busy, busy, busy traveling across the country. Whether it’s a quick dip in the pool with the kids, or a romantic honeymoon getaway, be prepared with the right kind of swimwear from me, Linda the Bra Lady! Bonus: these styles are on sale until August 15th! (Pssst! Extended until Sunday August 21st.)

Trip: The Family Pool

Think about it:  it’s hard to be a mom. You have to look fabulous, but also feel comfortable enough to wrangle the kids, lay out a picnic and even (gasp!) go for a swim. One of my favorite styles for a Mom on-the-go is the Karla Colletto Ruffle Twist suit: easy to throw on, and fun to wear! It’s attractive enough to help you feel like the stylish woman that you are, but also flattering enough to give you great shape while you’re busy running around. Many of Karla Colletto’s suits are simple silhouettes with great details. They are perfect for the well-dressed woman who doesn’t want to have to bother following the latest trends- these suits will stay in style for many seasons! The ruffles on this suit are also very flirty, while the fuller coverage in the bust avoids any wardrobe malfunctions in front of the kids. Phew!


Trip: Honeymoon

Congrats- you’re a newlywed! Wedding plans and activities can be very stressful, so enjoy a much needed break from all of your hard work. Take advantage of this special time in your life and flaunt that permanent-state-of-bliss look with a sexy bikini.  Try a fun and flirty brand like Swim Systems to strut your stuff on the beach. This Phoenix Two-Tone Bikini top and matching bottom are easy to throw in a bag and look great on the beach, beside the pool, or at the margarita bar. This sassy two-piece has a bold, exciting and “we are so in love” attitude that is sure to spice up any honeymoon!


Trip: Sporty Getaway

Take advantage of Summer’s gorgeous weather and get toned while outdoors. If you’re the kind of girl that loves a good kayak, knows what spelunking is, and doesn’t shy away from a nice cliff jump, then the Anita Cherry Blossom One Piece is for you. Comfortable design, snug fit and sporty style, this suit won’t slip and slide while you are exploring the great outdoors. You can feel content knowing that Anita designed this little number with adjustable straps, full coverage and a hidden shelf bra. And yet, you can feel fabulous in a cool color combination and sleek outline. Go get ‘em, girls!


Trip: Vacation with the In-Laws

Oh boy! This one is tricky, ladies. Traveling with your significant other’s parents can have you navigating some pretty rough terrain.  How do you look cute and flirtatious, without showing too much? You still want to keep your honey’s interest, without turning off your Mother-in-Law. Try this trick! Wear a well-fitting tankini suit that has just enough coverage to support and keep things tucked away, but in a fun and sassy print. You can still show your adorable personality, without showing it all. One of my favorite suits like this is the Freya Pier collection (available in four delectable colors). Isn’t it fabulous?

There’s no reason to stress this Summer. Be prepared for any kind of trip or travel with a great suit that suits your style. Remember, feeling your best will help you look your best!

Stay fabulous!





Promotion Code for Karla Colletto Swimwear!

By Reedu on June 9th, 2011 in Contests & Promos, Swimwear

It’s summertime across the country and if you’re experiencing egg-frying, sidewalk temperatures like we are in New York  then you’ll appreciate the latest promotion at Linda The Bra Lady. Starting today until June 20, 2011 take $20 off ALL Karla Colletto Swimwear.

Yes ladies, I am giving you a great reason to invite Karla into your closet! Ok, so the suit shouldn’t  be in your closet, it should be on your body. And YOU should be at the beach! Happy shopping!

Karla Colletto Angles One Shoulder Bathing Suit

Stylish (and Great Fitting) Swimwear 2011

By Linda the Bra Lady on May 11th, 2011 in Swimwear

Swimwear season is here! Whether you’re tanning in your backyard or hitting the beach on the weekends, you’re going to need a bathing suit to strut in style. Because all women have different needs, I’ve written a guide to help you get started. Everyone deserves a fashionable, fabulous and great fitting swimsuit!

If You Have a Big Bust: Big busted women need support from their bras and that doesn’t change when it comes to swimwear. If you’re larger than a D cup, I recommend bra sized swimwear. This will provide optimal support for your bust and this will also help you look and feel more confident. There are many different styles of bra-sized swimwear so you’re sure to find something you love.

If You’re Plus Size: Every gal deserves to feel sexy in their suit and the full-figured gal is no different. Whether you’re into bikinis, tankinis or one-pieces, finding the perfect fit is the most important part. Brands like Sunsets design swimwear with these needs in mind so you’re sure to find a great swimsuit that hugs your curves perfectly.

If You Have a Small Bust: Small busted women want the same from their bathing suits as they do from their bras – support and often times, extra lift. There are many styles available for the petite bust, from bikinis to tankinis, but there is one suit that tops the cleavage mountain.

If you’ve had a Mastectomy: Having a mastectomy shouldn’t stop you from feeling beautiful at the beach. Anita Care designs are trendy yet fit comfortably. Because Anita Care products are created specifically with post-surgical needs in mind, the suits fit well and will give you the extra confidence boost you need.

If You’re Pregnant: Pregnant women need and want comfortable swimwear that flatters the body and the belly. While this may have been impossible years ago, luckily more and more brands are listening to the loud demands of this demographic. Brands like Anita design swimwear that is both comfy yet stylish and you’re sure to be happy when you give them a try!

Have questions? Shoot us an email at customerservice@lindasonline or call our customer service hotline at 1-888-262-4887. We’re here to help!


The Best Swimwear of 2011 – Part 2

By Linda The Bra Lady on February 3rd, 2011 in Swimwear

Earlier this week I told you about three great swimwear brands in the must-read article Best Swimwear of 2011: Part 1. Now I’m back with part 2, which has the 411 on three more fabulous swimwear brands. They’re so hot, you’ll think summer really did come early this year.

Fantasie Swimwear: Shaping and support is the main goal of the Fantasie Swimwear collection. With swimsuits starting in size DD, you’ll be sure to find your perfect fit and style. Whether you’re into solids or fun prints, you’ll find something special in the Fantasie swimwear collection.

Who it’s For: The sophisticated beach-goer who desires a touch of flair

Types of Pieces:Bikinis, Tankinis, One-Pieces, Plus Size, Cover Ups

Price Range: $9.99 – $105

Size Range: 30DD – 38G

Favorite Piece: Fantasie Zante Control Halter Swimsuit–This one piece underwire swimsuit has the best of both worlds – a fashionable empire waste halter in pretty geometric print on top and a classic black mesh control bottom portion that smoothes the stomach for a flawless fit. In addition, the v-neckline and adjustable halter will give you sexy yet moderate cleavage. You’re sure to be a hit with this swimsuit!

Swim Systems Swimwear: If you want a unique swimsuit that supports, Swim Systems is the brand for you. With mix-and-match bra sized pieces, the bright and eclectic collection will surely allow you to stand out like the individual that you are.

Who it’s For:The bold fashionista

Types of Pieces: Bikinis, Tankinis

Price Range: $40.99 – $76

Size Range:32D – 38E

Favorite Piece: Swim Systems Verano Halter Bikini with Banded Bikini Bottom – A cool rainbow print with crochet texture makes this suit one-of-a-kind. Underwire halter cups and side slings provide optimal bust support and funky gold clasps and logo adorn the band. If you want a fresh, new look, this is the swimsuit for you.

Voda Swim Swimwear: Petites rejoice! Voda Swim is here to save your day. The sexy tops, which have special water-resistant padding, will give you amazing cleavage you never knew you could have with swimwear.

Who it’s For:Petites who want oomph!

Types of Pieces: Push up Bikinis

Price Range: $44 – $79

Size Range: S – L

Favorite Piece: Voda Turquoise Stone Envy Push Up Bikini with Classic Bikini Bottom: This beautiful turquoise bikini has gold accents with rings on both the halter top and bottoms plated in 14 karat gold. Going along with Voda Swimwear theme, this bikini top has high-density foam push up pads that will add about two cupz sizes to your bust.

Stay tuned for part 3! And if you have any questions, feel free to call Linda’s Bra Fit hotline at 1-888-262-4887 or e-mail us. Happy swimwear shopping!

The Best Swimwear of 2011 – Part 1

By Linda The Bra Lady on February 1st, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Swimwear

It may be snowing in some parts of the country (ahem, New York) but swimwear season is just around the corner. From bikinis to tankinis, one piece to sexy cover-ups, the options are limitless. Read on to see the different features of swimwear brands and see which fits your body and personality best. Your decision making process just got that much easier. You’re welcome!

Freya Swimwear: Sexy, fun swimwear to fit your size 38GG bust? Who woulda thunk it? Answer: Freya Swimwear. Much like the lingerie collection, Freya swimwear is designed for women with D cups and up. The pieces are supportive, fashionable and affordable.

Who it’s For: The woman who loves to look youthful, playful and cute.

Types of Pieces: Bikinis, Tankinis and One-Pieces, Tunics, Dresses

Price Range:$27 – $96

Size Range: 30D – 38HH; 40E

My Favorite Piece:The Freya Pier Underwire Halter Bikini with Pier Rio Brief – Where will you wear your teeny, weeny polka dot bikini? This suit fits well and is super flattering on large busts. The halter top is supportive and stylish but it’s the underwires that keep those ladies in check. This style comes in two colors, apple sour and lollipop, and if you love the print but need a bit more coverage, check out the tankini version.

Karla Colletto Swimwear: Vacationing in the Hamptons? Cannes? Your best friends back yard on Staten Island? Regardless of where you are, your Karla Colletto swimsuit will leave you feeling like you deserve to be traveling on a private jet at all times. Made in the USA with the finest Italian materials, Karla Colletto will have you asking your husband if you could hire a pool boy when you return from your holiday. So what if you don’t have a pool? Yes, it really is that fabulous.

Who it’s For: Women with pool boys, women who desire pool boys, a lady of leisure, women who like classic, timeless designs.

Types of Pieces: One Pieces, Tankinis, Swim Skirts

Price Range: $168 – $288

Size Range: 6 – 16 (Designer sizing)

Favorite Piece:Karla Colletto Angles One Shoulder Bathing Suit – This sexy yet classy suit will make you look taller (and thinner!) thanks to the diagonal zip zaggy cut. Light boning helps keep the bust in place while the asymmetrical neckline is on trend this season. Karla Colletto runs small in designer sizing so be sure to check the sizing chart to make sure you get the best fit.

Panache Swimwear – Designed to fit D cups and up, Panache swimwear is the brand you’ve been waiting for. All Panache bathing suits use bra sizing for a guaranteed perfect fit. Flatter your figure, support your bust and look thinner instantly in a bra size bathing suit that fits like your favorite great fitting bra.

Who it’s For: Classic bikini design for the sophisticated woman.

Types of Pieces: Bikinis, Tankinis and One Pieces

Price Range:$22 – $92

Size Range: 30D – 38K

My Favorite Piece: Panache Ava Balconnet Bikini with Low Rise Pant in Black – Black will always be the new black and this swimsuit is an example of why. Crystal details add the perfect touch of glamour to the chic suit and lightly molded cups add lift and shape. Classic, flattering and slimming, the Panache Ava Balconnet Bikini is a testament to subtle sex appeal.

Now added: The Best Swimwear of 2011 – Part 2