I feel comfortable in very few types of bathing suits. I don't do two-pieces, I certainly don't do monokinis or cut-outs of any kind and I tend to veer towards ruching that best -- ahem -- minimizes my midsection. Earlier this summer Summersalt, a fashion brand that specializes in colorblock bathing suits, was advertising on my Instagram feed. I didn't pay much attention until about three weeks ago when I saw a woman who looked about my size on the beach wearing one of the bathing suits I saw online. I approached her (wearing a mask and at a safe distance), asking if the bathing suit was from Summersalt. She confirmed that it was the "Sidestroke" ($95) and she couldn't say enough about how pretty she felt (she was wearing the lava, hibiscus and white sand combo).
The compression design pulls you in, but not so much that you feel uncomfortable or "other parts" are pushed out (if you know what I mean), especially on the back. When I tried it on for my sister, she confirmed that I had no back fat showing (I didn't ask, but I appreciated her honesty nonetheless).
Below are my thoughts on the Sidestroke bathing suit.