The Search For The Perfect Swimsuit

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I recently took a couple of days off of work. While I was going through my to-do list one of those days, “find a swimsuit” was listed. I’m pretty sure I sighed heavily at the thought of having to 1.) find a swimsuit, 2.) try it on … and then of course 3.) wear the darn thing in public! I took to Facebook with a status that read:

“Looking for a swimsuit is as painful now as it was when I was 16. Where do you moms find a swimsuit that is modest (read: NOT VS…), functional (read: athletic-ish) and CUTE. Cute. I need a cute one. I don’t want black, or solid or plain. I want cute. Has anyone found anything this season? Oh, and I can’t do a 1 piece. #notcute on me.”  

Y’all … the comments were fantastic! So many great websites and ideas from so many ladies, with varying body types, sizes, and personalities. I checked out all of the sites and wanted to pass them along, also noting some of the favorite styles and colors I found along the way.  

So here they are for you, in no particular order.

Everything But Water

I had to get over the shock of the initial price tags I saw. I’m sorry (not sorry?), but I cannot purchase a $300+ swimsuit. Yes, they do have “less expensive” options, but still…

Kohl’s

Kohl’s has the basics of what you might be looking for in a swimsuit. They are also reasonably priced. I just don’t feel like looking through so many options.

Belk

More basics, however, they did have a couple of super cute ones. 

Nike 

These bathing suits don’t have the “pretty” factor that I was going for, but they are very practical and certainly athletic!

Zulily

The day I looked on the Zulily website, there wasn’t much that appealed to me. However, a friend of mine posted something about a Miracle Suit. Wouldn’t you know it, the other day they showed up on Zulily! While the Miracle Suit was cute (and sounds amazing, right?!), I cannot do a one-piece. This particular suit also seems to be for the “bustier” woman, which I am not … sadly.

J.Crew

I adore everything J.Crew! Seriously. But their swimsuits tend to be for the teeniest of people, and while I may not be busty, I do have a booty.

Land’s End

Land’s End was mentioned a few times on my Facebook post and many said great things about their site. 

Athleta

Athleta is actually a store I’ve been interested in but I’ve never purchased anything from them so I have no idea about the quality, etc. BUT, being in the Gap/Banana Republic family, I feel like the quality is probably pretty good.

Calia

Who knew that Carrie Underwood had a line of athletic clothing? Not me. She’s got some cute stuff on her site, I only wish there were coordinating tops under the photo so you didn’t have to start over your search.

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This site makes me want to perfect my hair’s beach wave. And this site is definitely for a bustier lady, I didn’t see an “A” listed for cup size … womp-womp.

Kortni Jeane

Seriously, make the cuteness stop. High-waisted, ruffle bottoms and crop-top peplums…everything adorable that we want a swimsuit to be.

Academy Sports

I actually found a couple of tankinis here when I was doing Reynolds’ swimming lessons a couple of years ago. They have some nice options. 

Lime Ricki

Another completely adorable option. More peplums and ruffles. You can’t go wrong with these styles and fun colors!

Piper and Scoot

A little high-waisted and some super cute one-piece options that are sure to turn heads at the pool!

Trina Turk

Last but certainly not least – a beautiful mix of colors but a wee bit skimpier than what I was going for in my search.

So, where does this leave me you wonder? I’m still empty-handed, wondering around this world wide web trying to find the perfect swimsuit. Meanwhile, we just booked our beach week and I have exactly four weeks to find something!

Where is your favorite place to shop for bathing suits?

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Michelle is a Georgia girl – born and bred in Macon, and a graduate of UGA (no booing!). She moved to Columbia in 2003 and has loved it here ever since. As a full time working outside-the-home wife to Andrew (5+yrs) and mom to Reynolds (3) and Eliza Jane (18mos), she has her hands and life very full! Michelle started her blog, Camellias and Copper in the Spring of 2014 and it has been a wonderful journey so far. Michelle blogs about everything from her faith to getting hijacked by her kids and locked in the bathroom, vacations (and all the packing!), food and anything in between. A favorite weekend enjoyment is hosting Sunday Suppers for their neighbors and friends.

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