The bikini in the swim - still trendy after 50 years

March 13, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

Before we were married my husband loved me to wear sexy bathing suits. Now, five years later, he has become conservative and insists I dress like a "respectable businessman's wife."

This June we will celebrate our fifth anniversary with a vacation to St. Tropez. I want to surprise him by wearing a slinky swimsuit that will show I still have my great figure. What do you suggest?

Try a bikini. It will not only show off your figure, but look right in HTC trendy St. Tropez. The bikini had its 50th anniversary recently so you'll find lots of different styles in the stores.

Look for one in a solid color for a sexy look and don't forget the ultimate sophistication of black.

Todd Oldham was one of many New York designers who experimented with bikinis for spring. He used lightweight metal stays with a shiny fabric in a nylon and spandex blend to get the shape he wanted: "The metal stays act as the foundation of the swimsuit. They hold the design line and keep the cutout shape. And, yes, they do stay in place for swimming."

After reading in your column about the "Butt Booster" for men, I've decided that I must have one. I am a middle-aged woman with four kids and I could use the extra help. Is there one for women?

Yours is one of many letters I've received from readers about the Butt Booster. Yes, there is one for women and Nancy Gans of New York's Bodyslimmers Inc. says it will do just what you want.

It is made of nylon and spandex and has strategically placed bands to lift and contour the derriere.

"You won't look ridiculous or feel uncomfortable because you will have chosen the right foundation for today's fashions."

Similar shapers are available from other companies. They include Donna Karan Intimates' contour bike pant and Olga's "The Scoop" briefs.

Elsa Klensch welcomes questions from readers. While she cannot reply individually, she will answer those of general interest in her column. Send questions to ELSA KLENSCH, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012. Or she can be reached on the Internet at

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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