Q. I've always worn bikinis to the beach, but now that I'm almost seven months pregnant I feel the need for a little more coverage. I've tried on a few swimsuits, but they all had these little skirts or apron-type flaps over the belly. Freaky!Doesn't anyone make something more modern-looking?
A. Sure they do, so keep on shopping. Most maternity lines offer swimsuits in a range of styles, from traditional, skirted, one-piece suits to briefer, two-piece designs.
Since you're looking for more coverage than a bikini offers, why not try one of the popular tankini styles? These feature a tank top over a brief bottom, both of which can be adjusted to show less or more belly.
XJean Patteson is the fashion writer for the Orlando Sentinel. Fashion questions of general interest should be sent to Patteson at the Orlando Sentinel, 633 North Orange Ave., Orlando, Fla. 32801. Or send e-mail to jpatteson(AT) Individual replies are not possible.
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