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!
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.One (also love it in chambray) // Two // Three