Those of you that read my blogs know that once Christmas passes, my mind is directed towards one thing – SUMMER. I truly despise cold weather and wish the temperatures never dropped below 80 ish. We went to Turks and Caicos in November for vacation and got a winter break, however, I am ready for summer.
With summer comes swimsuits. I love swimsuit shopping – well minus the fact of it reminding me that I could be in better shape…but anyway. I have been fascia blasting so I hope it pays off by the time swimsuit season hits.
Anyway, now is the time when I start shopping for swimsuits. I always do a swimsuit post in the last winter/spring because that is when I start shopping. I actually bought my first swimsuit today. Last year, I searched and searched for a red one piece swimsuit but I never found one. Well…I did find some but none had padding and they were all pricey…like really price…in the $200s.
I find that the older I get the pickier I am about things. For my swimsuits I cannot stand one that ties behind my neck. It is uncomfortable to me and well…hurts my neck. I also like to have padding in my swimsuit tops. I just like the extra shape and support. Coloring is also a big thing for me. I love bright colors and all…but no matter how well they are lined you can see through light and bright colors when wet. Everyone seeing my lady parts is not what I want either.
Soo…the swimsuits that I include are all swimsuits that fit into my checklist of what swimsuits must offer before I will buy them.
I love a good bikini. However, I am no longer really into string bikinis. There is just something about a string bikini that screams “I’m 16.” I do not hate them, I just do not like most of them on me anymore.
Like I said above, I do not like anything that ties around my neck. As I was making this list, I realized that not only is my house full of neutral colors, but also my taste in Swimsuits. Red and Navy are as wild as I get apparently.
I love the clay color of the Billabong Sol Searcher Tank Bikini. Also, the back is super cute. This is the type of swimsuit I feel comfortable doing any type of beach activity in because I am not afraid anything is going to fall out.
Next, is the Billabong Tanlines Crop Tank Bikini. Again, this swimsuit has a really cute back and is somewhat sporty and is great for beach activities. When I am at the beach in Turks and Caicos, I am always in the water either snorkeling, paddle boarding, or just swimming. Being comfortable is a must.
Last year, I discovered a website called Tiffany’s Boutique. They pretty much only carry swimsuits. The swimsuits are sold as sets, so you cannot buy a top in one size and a bottom in another size. I bought two swimsuits from Tiff’s Boutique last year. I bought a green and white floral bikini and a reddish color bikini. The sizing says it is small and to order up. However, I ordered a small in both and they worked for me.
I will say that the fit is okay. It is not anything over the top…but fine…especially for the price point. The bikini sets are pretty much all under $50. The material seems a little cheap but the tops are padded and both of my swimsuits held up after one summer of wearing.
I will warn…my red swimsuit…apparently the dye is something intense because I laid the red swimsuit in my tub to dry after being washed and it stained my tub. It took me a solid weak of scrubbing daily to remove the red bikini imprint off of my new tub. Then, at the end of the summer, I laid it on top of my dryer to dry and guess what…stained that also. I figured since it had been washed multiple times that it would no longer stain. However, that was not the case. I still have an imprint of a red swimsuit on the top of my dryer.
Anyway, overall, I will say these swimsuits are worth the money. You always get what you pay for. They have stylish swimsuits at a fraction of the cost of most. The four below are some of my favorites from the site. I am loving the green and black high waist mesh swim suit. The pink I love also because it is so feminine and pretty.
The other two are like most and are neutral colors and super simple. For some reason I love the tan and black mixed.
Last year, I bought a one piece swim suit from American Eagle. I must say that American Eagle is not somewhere I really shop, but I randomly looked there for swimsuits. The black one piece ended up being one of my favorite swimsuits last year and I got lots of compliments on it. The fit was great. It has padding and a low back…it was great.
So, this year, during my search, I went back to American Eagle. I love navy blue and so this swimsuit caught my eye. I love the detail of the knots on the front and the thick straps on the back are great. It is another sporty type two piece that will not fall off with beach activities.
One Piece Swimsuits
Last year, I fell in love with one piece swimsuits and swimwear with high waists. There is just something classy and timeless about both. Maybe it is my age or maybe it is just the trend. Either way…I am obsessed. I actually just bought this red one piece from Express today. Express is another one of those stores I never really shop at. However, when I Googled red swimsuits, this one came up and I knew I wanted it.
I ordered an XS which is what I need according to the size chart. I am excited to know how/if it fits. Also, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a red swimsuit in this style that actually has some padding…let me tell you…hard!!
Swimsuit shopping and seeing the new swimwear 2018 styles is fun. It is funny because I never go into stores to shop…like rarely. I just love shopping online. Where I live, we have a mall and boutiques and that is it. If you want something different and not the same that every other person in town has, then you shop online. I hate not supporting local businesses, but shopping online for me is just better.
I would also like to think that I am pretty good out judging how things are going to fit that I order. Knowing your body and paying attention to how things fit on the models is super important. It is also important to read reviews prior to ordering and pay attention to materials. If I am ever unsure I always turn to reviews because they are real people ordering and giving their opinion on material/fit.
I am still on the lookout for more one piece choices. I’ve found plenty that are $150 plus but I cannot justify spending that much on a swimsuit. I would have to LOOVVVEEE it to do that. Also, there are plenty of affordable options if you just take the time to look and read. Hopefully, my list today will help you with your swimsuit shopping this year.