I’ve been playing around with the idea of wearing a one-piece swimsuit as a top for a while now, simply because I love a bodysuit. They’re on-trend, which is cool, but of more importance to me…they’re functional. The very fact that I don’t have to worry about tucking in my top every 10 seconds has been enough of a reason for me to wear and appreciate the heck out of them.
A swimsuit seems pretty darn similar, yeh? I mean, it basically is one to a certain degree. So finding a suit that could potentially work wasn’t difficult. I found this adorable gingham suit and I immediately envisioned it being the one-piece I’ll be pulling on all Summer long. Also, brownie points if it could also stand-in as a bodysuit. I mean, HELLO. I am easily won over by a versatile piece…whatever it may be.
I decided to take it for a test drive of sorts, by YEP…wearing it to the pool (well technically, outside of the pool. It’s not open yet, but I did what I could. lol.). I think it was about oooh 58 degrees or so, hence the jacket. Not exactly Summer. I had wanted to only wear the one-piece on top, in an attempt to prove its worthiness as a bodysuit to you, but YA KNOW. I’m weak.
I threw on a lightweight camo jacket and well, all right then! I really like it with the whole shebang. The print mix and additional layer made the outfit way more interesting. Not to mention, the suit legitimately looks like a top and can be realistically worn right now, through the Spring, styled this way…so let’s call that a win.
That Back, Though…
While I think its way more obvious I am wearing an actual swimsuit without the jacket, simply paired with the denim skirt and sandals this gingham one-piece has the ability to show off it’s lace-up back, which gosh….is so good. I am all about a dramatic back and this one gives me that.
swimsuit: J.Crew Lace-up Back One Piece (TTS, fit in my normal 4) – really love this one. It fits well, even on my long body. Granted, I don’t have a super long torso (all in my legs), but still. I tend to get the wedgie effect with most one-pieces, so this was a nice surprise. FYI: it has a BUILT IN BRA. Note: this one is slightly cheeky.
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jacket: Levi’s Camo Jacket (old) –their Oversize Camo Shirt Jacket looks really good. It does look lighter than my own, though. Not a bad thing, but just an FYI. MANGO also has a Camo-print Jacket and it looks pretty similar to me own, aside from being slightly more oversized. I actually think I like it more than my own, with its cool embellishment above the pocket.
skirt: Madewell Denim Frisco Miniskirt (TTS, wearing size 4) – comfortable, casual…and it didn’t feel too too short. You know what I mean? I am not a skirt person, really, but I like wearing this one.
shoes: Birkenstock Mayari Sandal (Pull Up Stone, wearing 9-9.5 and I am a true size 9.5 foot) – yeh. goodness, I love these sandals. I was a professed Birks Hater, but darn. not any more. So comfortable and instantly make me feel better when I slip them on. I know that I will be wearing them all Summer long. Amazon has them, too, if you can find your size there (Prime shipping, woo!).
bag: French Baskets Straw Backpack – this is one of my new favorite Spring/Summer bags…the other two I have are also from French Baskets. haha. This backpack can hold two beach towels, diaper, wipes, goggles, snack and a water bottle or two. These are great bags. I am obsessed. Also, I have exchanged messages with the owner and she is such a genuinely delightful person. I like that I am able to promote a small business, that just so happens to produce awesome bags!
shades: Polarized Aviator Sunglasses from Amazon – as some of you may have heard, I am all about cheap shades. They do the job and I don’t have to worry about losing or breaking them. Sweet. Also, these are a great classic pair of aviators.
earrings: J.Crew (old) – one of my favorite Etsy shops, Machete, has some fantastic tortoise earrings.
lip color: Revlon Balm Stain (Sweetheart) – have been wearing these lip colors for years now.
Would you wear a one-piece as a bodysuit? Would you even wear a body suit? I guess that’s the first question I should be asking. 😉
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Photos by Christina Hussey Photography.