Slimming Bathing Suits

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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.

Jody Rohlena with Consumer Reports ShopSmart explains, "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."

For Karen, ShopSmart found this $132 Victoria's Secret Firm Control Crisscross Shaping
One-piece did trim all over.

But even better - this $142 Tommy Bahama one-piece that promises a "flattering fit for any figure."

Karen Cerno, a swimsuit panelist had this reaction. "It does slim you. It does do what it says it's gonna do."

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

Cherie says, "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."

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

Cherie Heinz, a swimsuit panelist says, "I like that the skirt hides a lot of evils."

Jody says, "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."

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

ShopSmart says it's worth noting there's one type of slimming suit that didn't work for anyone on the swimsuit panel. It's the tankini, and well, it tanked for all three women - creating unflattering lines and bulges.

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