Saturday, May 1, 2010

The dreaded swim suit

I love summer. The lake, pool, ocean, beach, waterskiing.....ahhhh I can't wait. But there is one thing I hate about summer....buying a bathing suit. YUCK. Swim suits, jeans and bras are my three least favorite things to shop for. Why can't swim suits be like shoes. I love shoe shopping. Shoes always look good, they don't make you stress over the size of your thighs or the fact that I no longer pass the Pencil Test.

So the other night when my husband kicked me out of the house, insisting that I needed some time away from my children (apparently I had run out of patience after listening to a whining 4 year old all day. But that's another story for another time). Anyway, I happily accepted his offer to send me off shopping, kid free. So after picking up my dear friend Kelly, we headed out to shop for the dreaded swim suit. Just the idea of having to do this venture alone, was more than I could handle. Plus I needed an honest opinion of what looked good, and what did not.

Wandering the swimsuit section of the department store is more complicated than one might think. Once there, it's a tricky matter trying to decide on what is age appropriate without feeling frumpy. I want to be young, but don't want to end up at the lake in the same suit as my friend's 16 year old daughter. I am not in a frame of mind (or body) to be wearing anything to revealing. I don't do bikinis. And I hate one pieces does one use the restroom without sitting in the bathroom stall stark naked, just so you can pee? So.....that doesn't leave much to choose from.

But, I did finally purchase one. I am not in LOVE with it, but I think it will do the job.

KOHLS $34 (original price)
Croft & Barrow® Fit for You Paisley Swim Separates

I bought this Croft & Barrow paisley top, but I am didn't care for the swim skirt, so I opted for these Candies bottoms. And of course I almost never pay full price for anything so, they were 50% off the original price.

Candie's® Plaid Swim Separates

Good luck with your bathing suit shopping adventures. If I can find something in my small town, there is hope for you too! And if you are like Kelly, and prefer to buy online so you can try it on in the privacy of your own home, here are a few sites to try: Shade, Newport News, LimeRicki, Hapari, DivineModestTee, Lands End


Bren said...

Cute! Those swim shorts look horrible on me, LOL. I have to go shopping soon, too, I discovered my new suit from last year is already worn out. :(

The Fowers' Family said...

I'm with Kelly this year! I found 2 online that I ordered and actually kept. I couldn't bring myself to go into a store and look.

whit said...

Bren, the boy shorts are tricky. Some work and some don't. Usually a higher cut is more flattering on most body types.
Betsy, I'm glad you found one. Where did you get it from? And two! That's my dream, to have two suits.

The Fowers' Family said...

I spent a few hours searching Amazon....I have one that is more youthful and another one that is just a plain solid color. I'm not sure what both companies are but the plain solid one was Chadwicks (I know old lady blah huh?) But it had the tummy control and wrap like front I was looking for.

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