Finally for this ex-swimmer, one-piece bathing suits are in style
I took a trip to my parents’ house in Jacksonville this weekend and, while digging through drawers of high school clothes to find a bathing suit, I stumbled on my extensive one-piece bathing suit collection.
After 10-plus years on competitive swim teams, I had 10-plus suits that left me with tan lines that still faintly show up on my body years after I quit the sport. I’ve accepted at this point that my stomach will be lighter than the rest of my body. Like, so-translucent-you-can-see-my-veins white.
The first time I wore a bikini at an eighth-grade beach day, I was so nervous that I spent most of the day with a towel around me. I’ve since gotten over that thanks to not being 13, but I’ve still gone most summers wishing that one-pieces were in style.
Well here I am, 10 years since my bikini debut, with my wish coming true — almost to a fault. There are so many styles and patterns now that I didn’t know where to begin.
At the suggestion of a style-savvy aunt, I started with everythingbutwater.com. I can afford exactly zero things on the website, but it had a massive selection that helped me narrow down some looks I liked.
I pretty much ruled out everything with cut-outs because the last thing I want is more abnormal tan (or, let's be real, sunburn) lines. I tended to gravitate toward plunging halters and bold, bright patterns. I was also into a few styles that could totally pass as swim team bathing suits except with more neutral colors that gave them more of a vintage feel.
Now on to the struggle of finding one in my price range. A few stores are having end-of-summer sales which make no sense in Florida, but I’m not complaining.
Urban Outfitters also has a decent selection on sale. But it’s going fast. Three suits I loved over the weekend were sold out by this morning. (Ugh, so Monday.)
The widest and best selection I found was on ASOS. A few suits were on sale, and a lot were less than $50 at full price. The selection is also edgier, with suits that will surely be eye-catching on the beach (or at pre-beach brunch).
I’m not sure which one I’ll order yet, but I will make sure whichever store I buy it from has a simple return policy. Bathing suits, as I’ve learned by now, don’t always look the way I think they will when I actually put them on. If all else fails, well, maybe I'll give competitive swimmer chic a try.