20 One Piece Swimsuits Under $100

I’m leaving tomorrow to go on vacation with my family.  We’re camping RV-style at a campground at Walt Disney World.  I’m excited for all sorts of reasons, but my main one is that I can’t wait to introduce Scarlett to camping.  I grew up going RVing with my grandparents and some of my best summertime memories include the fun my family and I had at various campgrounds around Florida.

The campground we’re staying at has a kiddie pool area.  Since I will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time there with my 1.5 year old and her cousins, I figured a one piece bathing suit would be my best option for this vacation.  I’ve wanted a one piece for years, but have held off on buying one.  They’ve gotten progressively better looking over the years, so I figured the time was now.  I tend to hang on to bathing suits until they fall apart, so I know I’ll be wearing this suit for quite some time.

I ended up purchasing #1 on the graphic below.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.  It’s a deep purplish maroon color and has a slight shimmer to it.  It’s also slightly ruched so it’s flattering on the tummy.  And it’s so comfy!  I went for it because I felt confident in it, and because it has a high neck.  The older I’m getting the more I want to protect my chest from sun exposure (I’ve burned it so many times over the years).  I’ve become a bit fanatical about sun protection now that I’m 30.  I prefer physical barriers to sunscreen/sunblock, so I figured a high neck style might be my best bet.  Plus, I wanted good coverage and no boobage.

Here are the suits that caught my eye.  They’re all under $100 and all different styles and designs!

One Piece Swimsuit Round-up » StyleEmulator.com

One  //  Two  //  Three  //  Four

Five  //  Six  //  Seven  //  Eight

Nine  //  Ten  //  Eleven  //  Twelve

Thirteen  //  Fourteen  //  Fifteen  //  Sixteen

Seventeen  //  Eighteen  //  Nineteen  //  Twenty

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Tony Awards Fashion and Inspired Looks

The 2017 Tony Awards took place Sunday night.  If I had the opportunity to pick any award show to attend, I would mostly likely choose the Tony Awards.  I have a deep love for musicals and shows that began when I saw Les Misérables on the West End of London (London’s Broadway or actually Broadway is the NYC’s West End) when I was 17.  My seat was very high and very near the back of the theater, but I was completely memorized.  Since then I’ve seen countless shows including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys, Mama Mia, South Pacific, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and countless others.  I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a bad show.  There’s just something about the live music and acting that takes me to another place for 3 hours.

Accordingly, I find it quite impressive when I read that an actor has a Tony.  The talent is takes to sing, dance, and act live night after night for sometimes months at a time is respectable.  To see all of these talented actors in one place live while catching snippets of the best of the best shows would be so entertaining.  I know I can watch it on television, but I mean, that defeats the point of musicals.  You’re supposed to view them in person.  Some (a lot) of the magic is lost when viewing them through a screen.

I like to think the red carpet at the Tony’s is a bit more sophisticated than other red carpets.  The Tony Awards are different from the Academy Awards which are different from the Grammy Awards and so on.  Looks at this year’s show had their hits and misses, but for the most part I thought it was a glamorous affair.  I’ve taken five looks below that I found particularly good and inspiring for everyday wear.  My favorite is actually Mary Beth Peil.  I hope I’m as stylish as her when I’m 76.

Get the Look: Denee Benton Tony Awards » StyleEmulator.comDenee Benton: 1. Shirt  //  2. Earrings  //  3. Cuff  //  4. Skirt  //  5. Shoes

Get the Look: Olivia Wilde Tony Awards » StyleEmulator.com

Olivia Wilde: 1. Dress  //  2. Earrings  //  3.  Necklace  //  4. Shoes  //  5. Clutch

Get the Look: Mary Beth Peil » StyleEmulator.com

Mary Beth Peil: 1. Top  //  2. Earrings  //  3. Pants  //  4. Clutch  //  5. Pumps

Get the Look: Sarah Paulson Tony Awards » StyleEmulator.com

Sarah Paulson: 1. Top  //  2. Earrings  //  3. Jeans  //  4. Purse  //  5. Shoes

Get the Look: Chrissy Teigen Tony Awards » StyleEmulator.com

Chrissy Teigen: 1. Dress  //  2. Earrings  //  3. Clutch  //  4. Heels

Which look is your favorite?  Or was it someone else on the red carpet?

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Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts

It’s always interesting to see how your fashion changes over time.  Throughout my life, I’ve gone through various skirt phases.  In college, I was all about mini skirts.  I wore them so often that a random guy in my humanities class asked if I even owned a pair of shorts.  Fresh out of college and starting my career, I moved to midi skirts.  I felt professional, yet still stylish.  Throughout pregnancy, I had several maxi skirts on rotation.  They were so dang comfortable and a way to avoid buying maternity clothes.  Nowadays, I flip-flop between midi and maxi skirts with the occasional mini making an appearance. 

I’ve seen a few designer striped skirts recently that are absolutely beautiful.  Stripes are my favorite pattern, and skirts are my favorite piece of clothing, so today I’ve rounded up a slew of designer and everyday wear striped skirts for comparison.  They range in price from $1,300+ (yes, really) to $16.  Sure, the quality will likely be lower with the less expensive options, but for $1,200 less, I’m willing to go with the more economical option.  That goes for pretty much every expenditure in my life, not just skirts.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do believe in paying for quality items that are staples.  However, I’m not sure how many times I would wear a striped skirt (probably not more than once or twice a month), so the price per wear of the skirts in the expensive column aren’t justifiable for me, personally.  But they sure are pretty!

Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.com

  1. Carolina Herrera  vs.  BooHoo
  2. Akris Punto  vs.  ModCloth
  3. Alice + Olivia  vs. Marks and Spencer
  4. Eliza J  vs.  TOV
  5. Valentino  vs.  LOFT
  6. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.comGül Hürgel  vs.  Joe Fresh
  7. Rossella Jardini  vs.  Unique Vintage
  8. Lela Rose  vs.  New York & Co.
  9. Gucci  vs.  Marc Jacobs
  10. Muveil  vs.  NINEMINUTES
  11. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.com Suno  vs.  Maison Jules
  12. Mira Mikati  vs.  LOFT
  13. Milly  vs.  BooHoo
  14. Kate Spade  vs.  Target
  15. Lisa Marie Fernandez  vs.  Unique Vintage

Which one is your favorite?

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Cannes Film Festival Fashion

The Cannes Film Festival has always seemed like one of the most glamorous Hollywood events to me.  I think that’s mainly due to its location in the French Riviera (I blame Samantha Brown for my obsession with the Côte d’Azur), but I’ll give some credit to the celebrities and their films.  Actually, scratch that.  I don’t know anything about the films shown at Cannes, so I guess it’s just the Mediterranean seaside location and the outfits.  The somewhat funny thing about celebrity fashion at the Cannes Film Festival is that I don’t actually know who any of the celebrities are.  This year’s festival marked the 70th anniversary and ran from May 17-28.  I’ve browsed various galleries on Elle, Vogue, etc., and I may recognize two or three actors, but for the most part I have no idea who these people are or what they’re known for.  No matter!  I can still admire their garb.  And that’s what I’ve done today!

Let me state for the record that I like to take *inspiration* from red carpet fashion.  I have no red carpet events on my calendar (though I am available should someone invite me) and thus have no need for a ballgown.  However, I do like to morph these outfits into real life.  These days real life for me means working an 8-5 office job, occasional date nights/dinner with friends, and cookouts.   With that in mind, I’ve put together the below looks inspired by Cannes Film Festival fashion.  I hope you enjoy!

Victoria Bonya (Russian model/TV host)

Get the Look Victoria Bonya Cannes Film Festival » StyleEmulator.com

 1.  Top  //  2.  Skirt  //  3.  Pumps  //  4.  Clutch  //  5.  Earrings

Priscilla Betti (French singer)

Get the Look Priscilla Betti Cannes Film Festival » StyleEmulator.com

 1.  Top  //  2.  Skirt  //  3.  Purse  //  4.  Cuff  //  5.  Sandal

Barbara Meier (German model)

Get the Look Barbara Meier Cannes Film Festival » StyleEmulator.com

 1.  Top  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Pants  //  4.  Heels

Naomie Harris (British actress)

Get the Look Naomie Harris Cannes » StyleEmulator.com1.  Top  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Skirt  //  4.  Pumps

Aymeline Valade (French actress)Get the Look Aymeline Valade Cannes » StyleEmulator.com

 1.  Blazer  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Clutch  //  4.  Pants  //  5.  Heels

Did you have a favorite look from Cannes?  I also liked Clotilde Clourau, Fan Bingbing, Lily-Rose Depp, and Irina Shayk.

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Swim Cover-Up Round-Up

In addition to white sneakers, the other item on my immediate to-buy list is a swim cover-up.  A few years ago I came across a blue and white tunic cover-up while shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding.  It was the end of summer, I was pregnant, and I was exhausted from shopping for hours with no luck on the dress front.  Due to those factors, I couldn’t justify the $60 price tag.  Fast forward to now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about that cover-up.  Naturally, when I wasn’t looking for a specific item of clothing I found the perfect one (and didn’t buy it).  I bet if I went shopping for a cover-up right now, I’d find the perfect dress to wear to a wedding!

I have a few cover-ups that I feel “meh” about.  I’ve just recently started buying clothes that actually fit my body type (long rectangular torso), and my current cover-ups do nothing for me.  The past couple of times I’ve needed a cover-up, I’ve grabbed shorts and a top instead.  I’ve always felt slightly self conscious in a bathing suit (who doesn’t?), so I’d like to find a cover-up that I feel confident in.  Or at least a little better than “meh”.

I rounded up all of the below as possible contenders.  My top 3 are on the top row, but I like them all.  I did have a few requirements that helped me weed through all of the various options available on the world wide web:

  • Sleeves – My current cover-ups are sleeveless and I’ve had several instances where I wish I had sleeves for a little sun protection, warmth if it’s windy, or because I forgot to shave my armpits (kidding, maybe).
  • No drop waist – Makes me look wide.

Not sheer – or at least, not extremely sheer.  I’m fine with some translucence.Swim Cover up Round up » StyleEmulator.comOne  (also love it in chambray)  //  Two  //  Three

Four  //  Five  //  Six

Seven  //  Eight  // Nine

Ten  //  Eleven  //  Twelve

Thirteen  //  Fourteen  //  Fifteen

Sixteen

Help me decide!  Which one do you like best?

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