I am sooo looking forward to spring and summer, and possibly a beach vacation. What I am not looking forward to, is wearing one of my old bikinis. I don’t really know how to explain it, but I’m just over them. I’m tired of worrying about the strings coming untied, feeling like I have no support, and being self-conscious about this or that. So I made a decision.
This was the year that I would switch to high waisted bottoms or one piece suits. And because I’m me, they had to be affordable. So I took to Amazon and started searching, and seriously…the selection is amazing! I probably had somewhere around 8 on my Wish List before narrowing it down to the following 4 for this post. After weighing the pros and cons, I only kept one. Can you guess which one it was?
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You’ve probably seen this suit all over Pinterest and thought that it was super expensive. And if you buy the one from Anthropologie, it is over $100! Rest assured that you don’t have to spend that much to get this suit in a quality version; I paid less than a quarter of that for this one on Amazon.
This suit has light padding in the cups to provide a little shaping, and the halter tie lets you adjust the support to what you need. Obviously black is the most slimming color you can get, but the lace detail and lower neckline keep it from being too grandma.
The plunging neckline is meant to be a little racy. I’m just about 5’6′ and felt like if it went any lower I would have been too uncomfortable with it. If you have a really long torso, this might not work for you, as it will probably plunge too low.
I ordered this in a large based on the size chart and other reviews, but as you can see there was extra fabric in the front and back, which caused it to wrinkle and lay weird. I really like the design and I think a size down would have been a better fit for me. Also available in blue and floral.
This retro suit was the most expensive one I ordered, but it was still less than the price of a new suit at Target! I love that this style is coming back since it looks good on so many body types and has extra coverage while still being fun.
I’ve realized that the key to hiding lumps and bumps with swimsuits is ruching, and the bottoms of these have plenty to camoflauge anything you’re worried about. They also have a thick band at the top so that you don’t have a tiny elastic digging into your midsection (which would give you muffin top and defeat the purpose of a high waisted suit).
The top has a really firm shape in the cups (non removable), and both the neck and back ties are adjustable so you can really get it to fit your body. I ordered a medium in this suit and the bottoms fit just right, with the top being just a hair bigger than I would have liked. If you have a really large bottom and small top or vice versa, it might be difficult to get the right fit since you can’t mix and match sizes in the two pieces. Available in several prints.
Let’s go over the list of adorableness for this suit: ruching, mesh cutouts, one shoulder, and most importantly, full coverage while still being trendy! This isn’t your typical one piece, and I’m loving all the details on it.
This is definitely one of the most flattering suits I ordered, and it really held everything together. The ruching really helps disguise anything going on in your midsection, and it has fully padded cups for support.
I feel like this won’t work on girls with longer torsos. The padded cup area was positioned just slightly lower than where it should be on me (ordered a medium for reference), and there is no way to adjust it really. Sometimes the white of the padding would show through the top mesh panel, so this suit wasn’t as carefree as I would have liked. Also available in red and blue.
I just can’t get over the bold colors and cute print of this suit. I love the ruffle detailing on the top and the little trim at the leg openings, and it’s definitely a more youthful version of the high waisted trend.
The pads are pretty substantial in the top, and they are removable if you don’t like them. It’s important to get the size of the top right on this one because the back has a plastic closure rather than a tie like the halter portion does. I really like the bottoms, but the waist band is a thinner elastic so it can give a little bit of a roll where hits your midsection. Also, there is no ruching so it doesn’t hide any problem areas. Available in one other colorway.
So which one do you think I kept?
I chose #2, the retro high waisted suit! I think it’s the most flattering and comfortable for the pool or beach. I don’t have to worry about a wave knocking down my bottoms, or eating a little too much and having a food baby.
It comes in so many cute prints, and I have to use some extreme discipline not to order this pineapple version. It also comes in solid colors, which would be really cute to mix and match with some of the prints. And you could seriously order 4 of them for the price of one Anthropologie suit!
Now I just need to order this hat, grab a good book, and plan out my next beach vacay 🙂
Do you usually have good luck ordering swimsuits online?
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