How about a post in which I do something other than
bitch whine complain bemoan being too busy to post? I wasn't sure I could get a post out this week, but a little successful swimsuit shopping experience inspired a post.
Successful swimsuit shopping? A bit of an oxymoron, isn't it?
|Target dressing room pic of the top. Workout pants and shoes are not part of the swimsuit.|
Who here loves swimsuit shopping? Me? No. There was one summer, a long long time ago, when I honestly enjoyed it and I bought something like seven suits in one season. Those years are gone and I've sported the same ruched-sided red Miracle Suit for the past two years only after I reluctantly threw out the very worn ruched-sided black Miracle Suit.
With my kids getting a little bit older and thinking we may start spending more time at the pool, I wanted to try to get something new. I've been working out a bit and wanted to try something outside of the slimming ruched sided one piece. It's still kind of scary going into the dressing room because I'm not quite there. I'm feeling pretty good, but those dressing room lights and three way mirrors can be unforgiving.
But let's start with the bottoms. I hate shopping for swim suit bottoms. They always cut in just the wrong spot and make a particular area poof out. If that problem sounds familiar to you, I have to suggest getting on board with the scallop trend that's going around. They don't pinch and cut in, but seem to lay against the body in a more flattering way. Although there are various versions around, this bargain pair from Old Navy look just as good. They're made of a nice thick textured material and seem to cover everything that they should be covering.
The matching top, on the other hand, was a different story (at least for me). It looked cute on in the dressing room, so long as I stood still and didn't try to move my arms. Being that I knew that the chances of me picking up a squirming preschooler are high, I knew that wasn't going to work. Mind you, I'm not that endowed, but I was too big for this top and revealing things that shouldn't be revealed.
So, I left the store with bottoms only, certain that I could find a more suitable top.
At first, I picked up this floral scalloped top from Nordstrom because....scallops.
|You're going to have to deal with the flat lay. I'm just not ready for modeling two piece swim suits yet.|
Okay, so I like it. The Nordstorm top definitely has more support and coverage than the Old Navy top and I like the floral print. I ordered it online and haven't returned it ...... yet. I'm just.....I don't know if I can actually wear this. It just reveals so much. I'm just showing so much skin. Can I really wear this to a public pool or....even scarier....a pool party with friends and acquaintances? That's hard. I mean, posting pictures of myself in a cheap target bikini on a public blog and then posting a link to that blog post on my Facebook page is one thing. (I still can't believe I did that). Actually wearing it to the pool is another.
Without returning it, I kept looking. Although I was trying to avoid the tankini (because, like most bottoms, they always just seem to cut off and in at the most unflattering parts on me), I spotted this "flyaway" tankini at Target.
This is the mother of all swim suit tops.
The bottom half of the top is sheer and flowy and has a big slit in the front that stays closed.
I felt good in this. Not good in the sense that I was trying to cover and hide and squeeze something in, but that I'm just giving a little hint of what's underneath which....might still be a little fleshy (especially after last week's vacation) but getting there....getting there.
I seriously love this top. I think it is so flattering and pretty and flowy. I'm actually now on the hunt for a black maxi skirt--something fitted with a high slit on the side. I think it would make a great pool party cover up.
If you're like me and you're wanting to break a bit into the land of the two piece but just not quite ready to go full on bare bellied, go to Target and try these on. They come in so many prints and solids too. There's some more expensive versions and Miracle Suit has a version as well. But, honestly, I love the Target version. It does come with a detachable strap.
So there I have it. I have my new flattering two piece for the summer. It's all about compromise.
Have you found your swimsuit this season yet?