Swimsuit try-ons used to require a lot of emotional lifting. It wasn’t just an article of clothing; it was a moral indictment. That was until I reached a point last year and had a lightbulb moment; “What if I’m the perfect size just the way I am? What could I be doing if I didn’t spend so much time thinking about my body, how it looks, what size it is, etc.,?”
It was kinda revolutionary.
Nordstrom Swim: 8 Bikinis & Bathing Suits From BLEU To Robin Piccone
With that said, I scoured Nordstrom to find a winning swimsuit (or two) that I can rock all summer long. From bright and colorful one-pieces and a sexy little black swimsuit by BLEU, to a sweet gingham number by Robin Piccone, and more — I was pleasantly surprised by Nordstrom’s selection of one-piece swimsuits and bikinis for 2022.
Nordstrom Swim Try-On: The One-Piece Bathing Suits
I tried to cover as many one-piece swimsuit styles as possible: halter, plunge, tank style, full-coverage, high-waisted and more. Now let’s dive into the good, the meh, and the extremely cheeky…
Listen, you’re going to see a lot of BLEU swimwear in this post and it’s for good reason. They know one-piece suits and this Belted One-Piece is no exception. It’s absolute PERFECTION. Super-colorful, which is on-trend for this summer. The belt gives me a waist (I’m short-waisted so anything that creates a waistline I love) and the neckline is gorgeous. I have permanent swimmer’s shoulders from spending my formative years in the pool, and this suit really shows them off. What’s fun is you can pick up any color in the suit through accessories. I decided to go with yellow and pair the swimsuit with these yellow slide sandals (under $40).
Fit Notes: The suit is TTS (I’m wearing a 10). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
Everyone needs a LBS (little black swimsuit) in their repertoire and this Ring Me Up Plunge One-Piece does NOT disappoint. I almost didn’t buy it because it’s so similar to the knotted one-piece from BLEU that I purchased last summer. I’m glad I ordered this one because it is plungier (did I just make up a word?) than the knotted one-piece and just so sexy (but not like “banned from the public pool with the kids” sexy). You could easily throw pants on and wear it as a bodysuit as well. It has removable cups, so it keeps everything in place (I’m a C cup). It’s a gorgeous piece. 10 out of 10.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit fits TTS (I’m wearing a 10). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
Here is our first swimsuit with underwire! Rejoice my bigger-busted beauties! I feel like this Beachy Keen One-Piece is a great option for postpartum mamas — like when you’re past the 4th-trimester, maternity-clothes phase. It has fantastic support, great bum coverage, and a vibrant pattern that just makes me happy. For a similar one-piece with supportive cups, check out this swimsuit.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit is TTS (I’m wearing a 10). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
This Robin Piccone Gingham One-Piece makes me feel like a gorgeous English picnic blanket (and I mean that in a good way). This suit could be great…the only downside is I ordered the wrong size! I went a size up to a 12 (mistake). The butt is too big and the top could be a little tighter. I think my normal size 10 would have been perfect because otherwise, it is a splendid suit.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit is TTS (I’m wearing a 12, but needed my normal size 10). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
I don’t know if I lost the ability to read when I ordered this Sea Level Tank Style Swimsuit in a size 8 but it does NOT fit. I’m talking barely got over my thighs, and my girls are like flapjacks in this straight-jacket-of-a-suit. I think a size 10 or 12 would have been better. On the plus, it is a cute suit, the espresso color is a nice departure from black, it has full bum coverage and it goes great with my Sam Edelman Sandals. Wrong size, lesson learned.
Fit Notes: Order your normal size or a size up (I ordered an 8 and that was a mistake). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
There’s no false advertising with this Good American Barely There Swimsuit. It is….barely…there. I am wildly uncomfortable and there is no way I wouldn’t lose a boob to one formidable wave in the ocean. If you’re looking for a bathing suit that’s under $100, between thong/cheeky bum coverage and no built-in support for your chest, this is the suit. If you are a mother of 3 who is running for President in 2036 on the Anti-Thong Platform…hard pass.
Fit Notes: The swimsuit runs TTS I guess? (I’m wearing a 3, which equals a large). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
Nordstrom Swim Try-On: The High-Waisted Bikinis
I also tried on a few two-piece bikinis for good measure, both from Sea Level. Let’s ‘dive in!’ (wink)
Although the one-piece Sea Level swimsuit didn’t fit in a size 8, the Sorrento Stripe High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms are a size 8 and fit perfectly. *shrug emoji* I love these bottoms in French Blue (wannabe Francophile over here). They are high-waisted but not diaper-esque. The Cross Front Underwire Bikini Top has a ton of support, but it feels too tight across the band. I am broad-shouldered, but only a C cup so sometimes bra-like bikini tops don’t work for me. If you’re looking for a two-piece with support, this is a fabulous option.
Fit Notes: The bottoms run big (I’m wearing an 8, usually a 10). The top runs more TTS (I’m wearing an 8, needed a 10 or a 12). The sandals are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
The high-waisted bottoms are the same Sorrento Stripe High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms as the previous two-piece, but the bikini top is different. While I prefer the cut and fit of this Stripe Bikini Top, I can’t get the lining to stay down. You can see the white peeking out of the V-neck. It’s just not working for me. Cute retro bottoms, pass on the top.
Fit Notes: The bottoms run big, size down (I’m wearing an 8). Go TTS or size up in the bikini top (I’m wearing an 8, needed a 10 or 12).
What’s interesting is the initial knee-jerk reaction to bemoan swimsuit try-ons has not left me. I caught myself starting to type “ugh, dreading swimsuits!” for this very intro, but truthfully? I don’t dread it. It’s a piece of fabric. It doesn’t define my worth. I deserve to find a swimsuit that feels good. And so do you.
Body acceptance takes time. Nothing has been more rewarding than cutting ties with the emotional baggage that clothing try-ons (specifically swimwear) used to carry. Now, I just have fun with it and it has allowed me to experiment and discover styles I never would have tried before. No matter what size I am, I will be bathing suit-ready this summer.