Well….it’s March so that means swimsuits, right? RIGHT?
I know, you guys. I know. But some of us are Spring Break prepping, some of us are just the Prepared Sort (knowing that summer is a-comin’), and some of us are masochists. Nothing better than swimsuits in March!
For the record, I am everything listed above save the Prepared Sort.
Now, onto the #DressingRoomSelfies SWIM EDITION, you perverts.
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My Favorite One-Piece Bathing Suits
The Happiest-Ever Swimsuit
Obsessed with this Mara Hoffman rainbow suit. It’s a bit cheeky in back, but fits great, sucks me in, and just….makes me happy. Wearing an xs for reference.
suit: Mara Hoffman Adeline Rainbow Knot-Front Suit (size xs)
The Other Mara Hoffman Suit
This Mara Hoffman suit also comes in a seersucker stripe. Loved this one also, but it’s hard to compete with rainbow. (This black and white suit looks MUCH better in person, fyi. The stripes almost disappear in the photos.)
suit: Mara Hoffman Adaline Bridgette Stripe Knot Swimsuit (size xs)
The Suit That Makes ‘the Girls’ Look Amazing
I’m wearing an XS in this suit, and it does fit pretty tight. Going up a size may have been smart. But I LOVED how secure it was in the chest, and the romantic, pretty print. Picture with denim cut-offs and metallic flat sandals.
suit: Plunging One-Piece Suit, Anthro (size xs)
Lace? Crochet? Whatevs – Me Likey
I like the idea of army green swimwear. A little unexpected, maybe? And this BECCA suit, with its slight mermaid vibe totally nails it. This suit won’t suck you in (and with all of the holes, that’s a good thing), rather, it just skims over. Surprisingly sexy, even with the high neck. Would be cute with high-rise cutoffs, too.
That’s a Wrap
How fun is this Vince Camuto wrap suit? The stripe is so very girl-next-door, but the wrap style (and belt) take it a totally different direction. Loved this one. (And, thanks to the overlay, it felt secure….or as secure as any wrap-style top can be.)
suit: Vince Camuto Sailor Stripe Wrap Suit (size 4 for reference) – also comes in blue!
The Suits That Almost Worked….
The One For Mamas With Much Smaller….Girls
This suit is stunning and gorgeous and the fabric is TO DIE FOR and I was excitedly pulling it on But THEN. The cup size situation was….not…ideal. There’s, um, a reason my hair is strategically placed over my nips. Let’s call this A Very Careful Selfie.
suit: Onia Isabella One-Piece Swimsuit (size small)
The Billabong Teenager-y Suit I Loved
I’ve had my eye on this Billabong suit for years. It’s kiiiiind of amazing — the crochet is just right, and the crossback straps keeps everything in place. My only issue? It’s pretty darn cheeky. Cheeky is amazing when it’s the middle of summer and I have a tan….less so in March. #MyEYES #MyEYES Also, the cheekiness migrates when you walk. So…there’s that.
suit: Billabong (wearing a small)
And Then….Even More Cheekiness
I ADORE Tavik’s super-sophisticated color palette (nude straps, black top, rust red bottom)….but man. Too much cheek too soon. (ps. I also tried this Tavik suit and the top part was laughable. No amount of strategic hair placement could make that photo decent.)
In hindsight, I probably should’ve tried one size bigger.
suit: Tavik Lela One-Piece Suit (xs for reference)
More Color-Blocking (But RUNS SMALL)
Gosh, I am just bursting out of this suit. You should’ve seen me trying to squeeze myself in — it took a good 10 minutes and muscles I didn’t know I had. I’ll admit I considered — just for a hot sec — cutting it off my body, but then was like, S, GET A GRIP.
All of that aside….I think this suit could be amazing. It’s from Amazon’s new Coastal Blue swim line, comes in regular and plus sizes, is under $100 and has some glowing reviews. Which, now that I read them, says that the suit runs small. YES. YES IT DOES.
What I love about this suit is twofold: First, the black bottom/lighter top combo automatically camouflages any sort of soft stomach situation (the SSS if you will), and second, the black bottoms err on the side of high-waisted….which makes your legs look miles long.
Somebody needs to try this suit in the right size.
suit: Coastal Blue Color-Block Suit (wearing and regretting the XS)
The Sexy Boho Suit
This one was just too big. But the mesh panels, cool back, and pretty colors would be seriously cute on someone.
suit: BECCA In The Mix One-Piece Swimsuit (size small)
The Dotted One With The Really Low Back
I was surprised by how cute this one was, even in white, even in March. My only issue? The back dips low which is super sexy…but I was worried about the straps falling down.
suit: Morgan Lane Polka-dot swimsuit (xs for reference)
The Mara Hoffman That Just Wasn’t As Good
I have three issues with this Mara Hoffman suit, especially compared to my favorite (the rainbow, first suit featured): One, the back is soooo much lower, so the straps don’t stay put nearly as well. Two, I had to mess around with the top bow to hide the nip situation, and it never looked as good. And three….this suit just ran big in general.
That said, the fabric is AMAZING. Hmm.
suit: Mara Hoffman Maven One-Piece (xs for reference)
The One That My 20-Year-Old Self Would’ve Loved
I love the sporty vibe, the color, and….if I were still in my 20’s, I would’ve totally loved how this suit is probs a tad sheer up top (especially when wet). A little nip here and there was a solid strategy for a 20-something with an AAA size chest. Now? Not so much. #snort
Also, this suit runs realllllly small (even compared to other styles by this brand). I’m wearing an XS and had to wrestle myself into it. Also, there was no breathing once on.
suit: solid and striped (xs, but should’ve been a medium or something)
I mean….I don’t even know what is happening here
I think this was another one that I was imaging on my 20-something body. Once upon a time, it may have looked cute, in a hipster sort of way. It was really well-made? There’s that, I suppose.
suit: Made by Dawn Ruffled One-Piece Swimsuit (wearing a medium, which is prob part of the problem)
Good luck swim shopping. May the dressing room mirrors be ever in your favor.