I have finally come to the conclusion that, when it comes to swimsuits, I can’t wear the cheapies anymore. I used to be able to get by with a Target Juniors’ special where it’s basically a bit of fabric; since kids, I need all the accoutrement to hold me in (and up) if I want to smooth out the bumps and not be constantly pulling my suit back into place.
One of the best purchases I have EVER made (and that is saying something because I am, ahem, a fairly amazing shopper) was this swimsuit by ModCloth. I’m trying to figure out exactly what is so great about it and what keeps coming to mind is I don’t mind wearing it, which is saying something when discussing swimsuits. It gives me an hourglass figure without being obvious about it, it looks stylish but not trendy, and it has plenty of coverage (I like that it hits my thighs a bit lower) without covering me up.
It’s such a great swimsuit that at Bennett’s birthday party one of my friends showed up in the exact same one and all we could do was squeal and keep repeating, “It’s the best suit ever, right?” (You know you wish you were there).
In fact, THAT is it’s biggest selling point. I wore it in public in front of people I know, which is all I need to say. It’s one thing to parade around in togs in front of strangers, but a whole different beast to do it in front of people you have to look in the eye at the next birthday party. (I didn’t have a photo of us in our suits, but here we are in our hats and cover-ups, essentially dressed as twins, so you get the idea).
I know I mentioned Kingdom and State in my peplum post, but will you look at this rockstar gold suit?!?! I’m DYING over here. I originally ordered one of this style of bikini and it was very well-made and supportive; I decided I was not yet ready to share my stomach with the world, but now that gold metallic is on the table? World, you best get ready.I have to admit I’ve never been that enthused about rash guards – I don’t surf and, more importantly, they’re almost always boring. But this floral version from has me thinking twice. Would it be weird to also wear it as a shirt? Haha! Kidding! Sort of.
When I was buying my suit all of Anthropologie’s were back-ordered so I couldn’t try any on, but it looks like they have absolutely nailed it this season. The fabric choices are delightful, the cuts are generous but cool, and I have faith (an entire wardrobe’s worth of faith, thank you very much) that they know how to dress a woman’s body.
I haven’t hopped on board the whole one-shoulder trend, but I think this suit could get me going. Isn’t it adorable? It actually has full coverage too, which is usually my beef with one shoulder. (Just a note: Albion Fit, where this is from, has a ton of cute suits).One of the things I kept running into when I was looking for a suit was that I’d find cute tops, but the bottoms were always really skimpy. What I actually ended up doing was buying these bottoms from Unique Vintage, which I LOVE, and then pairing them with one of the longer bikini tops so it’s like I get to wear a bikini without showing my stomach (the top I bought is not the bikini top I linked to because I accidentally bought an actual shirt that I thought was a bikini top and it wasn’t until my sister pointed out it was obviously designed for clubbing, not pools, that I realized my mistake, which was, of course, too late, but it didn’t matter because nobody noticed or if they did they couldn’t figure out a polite way of saying, “Is that a Forever 21 crop top you’re wearing or an actual swimsuit?” so I think we’re all good. Sidenote: Chlorine is not good for going out clothes).
I’ve been going back and forth on whether to throw this one in because I can’t quite decide about the skirt. I love the color, and I love the cut of the top, but I can’t decide if the skirt is too much? It might be easy to wear on a beach holiday because then you could also wear it walking around (and not have to worry about the calorie count of 47 piña coladas?) What do you think? Either way, Shabby Apple has a bunch of cute suits.
Okay, so basically I think these are the places that have cool suits that also sport a bit of structure: Modcloth, Kingdom and State, Anthropologie, Shabby Apple, Albion Fit, Unique Vintage.
What did I miss? Please let me know in the comments or over on Instagram!