Ready for Swimsuit Season? A Couple of May Magazines Are

o_the_oprah_magazine_subscription_may2011.jpgAre you ready for swimsuit season? Fit MagaScene blogger Summer Huggins noticed a story about getting into bikini shape in one of her February magazines. Well, sure, swimwear begins appearing on retail racks in January for the winter cruise season. They generally show up in magazines a few months later–two magazines in May offer some of the first previews of swimsuit season.

First up is Real Simple magazine with 19 suits spread over 10 pages. There are bikinis, tankinis and one-pieces; patterns and solids; ruching, ruffles, strings and brooches–all chosen to complement grown-up bodies with grown-up issues. The models for the section have noticeably different body shapes, though they are a far cry from the “average” women featured in some of last year’s swimsuit stories.

Two pages of the Real Simple story show suits–six per page, sans model–grouped by body type. Full bust? Underwire tops and large cups. Bit of a tummy? Go pattern mad or choose a bikini with a fold-over waistband. Lots of options here and some very nice suits: reversible bottoms; that’s like two suits in one.

O, the Oprah Magazine also covers swimsuits in May, with a one-page collection of eight suits costing less than $100. In addition to price, the suits were chosen for their solutions to common body concerns: a high-contrast design slims downs figures, while a collage of stripes (inspired by Barbie’s 1959 suit perhaps?) calls attention to the waistline on trim bodies. The mix of styles includes a few very glamorous designs, among them a striking red retro cut with white polka dots.