If the weather we’ve seen this weekend is any indication, this Summer is set to be a scorcher. We’ve got a holiday to the beach planned, and a few weeks ago I decided to start looking for new swimwear. My last pair of swimmers were bought out of necessity before a New Years Eve trip to the pool. I still had a mummy tummy to hide, and was also breastfeeding. The result was a pair of suck ’em in swimmers that are not very fashionable, and also a little bit uncomfortable to boot. This season, I am feeling more confident and wanted to find some affordable stylish swimwear. I had my eye on a tankini from Isola by Megan Gale, but wasn’t sure I could justify the cost. While shopping with my Mum we went into Best and Less and I stumbled across a tankini in a similar design and was only $30. Bargain!
It has adequate support in the top, and the bottoms are not teeny tiny which makes me very happy! I’m looking forward to breaking it in. I think next year I will treat myself to a more expensive pair, especially if I come through with the promise to myself to tone up more at the gym. Investing in a more expensive pair will hopefully mean no pilling, stretching or fading of fabric, which can often happen with cheaper versions.
While I no longer need to choose a pair of swimmers, I wanted to have a bit more of a window shop to see what else was on offer in the stores, and share them with you.
1. Seafolly Vintage Vaca Halter – $139.95/Tie Side Pant – $69.95 | 2. O’Neill Da Vinci Singlet Top (pants separate) – $59.99 | 3. Billabong Leilani Tankini Top – $59.99 | 4. Isola by Megan Gale Hamptons Stripe Tankini – $159.95
I have worn tankinis for a long time. They have the benefits of a bikini, but can cover your stomach. They come in so many gorgeous prints and colours now. There is also the advantage of buying tops and bottoms separately, so you can mix and match colours, patterns and styles, depending on your tastes. I loved the florals of the Seafolly and Billabong singlet tops. Another advantage of tankinis is that they can be extra supportive. There are many for women with larger busts, and often have underwire so you can have bra-like support in a swim suit.
1. Seafolly Costa Maya High Neck Tank and Block Party Bottoms – $169.90 | 2. Bras N Things Mackenzie Plunge Push Up Bikini Top – $49.99 | 3. Atmos & Here Plunge Bikini Top – $24.95 | 4. Freya Sweetheart Padded Bikini Top – $55.96 (on sale)
Like tankinis, bikinis vary in cup sizes, making them ideal for women with larger busts. You also have the advantage of being able to buy separate pants, which means you will be able to find a proper fit that you feel comfortable with. As many women are different sizes on top and bottom, this will work out well! Floral swimwear is everywhere is season, and geometric patterns are also appearing in a big way.
As I said before, one piece swim suits have great tummy control qualities. You can also find them in a variety of cuts, with strapless and halter neck options, and various cup sizes. One piece suits are often made especially for swimming for exercise, but there are plenty pretty pieces for lazing by the pool too. If you enjoy surfing or body boarding, a suit like Seafolly one featured above means that you won’t need to wear a separate rash shirt (though you may need something on your legs). It also has the advantage of being extra sun safe. I love the retro-inspired suits that are around now, and would wear one with oversized sunglasses and a floppy, broad brimmed hat.
A good cover up or kaftan has the ability to take you from beach or pool to bar (or at least the nearest fish and chip shop). Many kaftans that have hit the market are designed for dressing up, and not wearing to the beach if you intend to get wet. Finding one in a light cotton that is breathable and quick drying would be best. Accessorising with flat sandals (in tan or a metallic) and a straw fedora would make this look extra cute.
With so many Summer swim suit options, all that is left is to choose your favourite!
What do you wear to the beach? Are you on the look out for a new swim suit this year? Feel free to share your finds below!