February 5, 2013

Swim 2013 Favorites


The thing about a happy marriage is that you can get pretty comfortable. I know, this is a good thing. But after a few years and a couple of kids your once soft body has gotten even... softer.

Wait. Just me? In all honesty I'm happy with myself, for real. But I also know that I'd be way more pumped about hanging by the pool and going to the beach if I were a little more toned. I had a gentle reminder of this when trying on shorts (shorts!) a few days ago. Dang. So perhaps what I need is some shopping motivation. Nothing like a swimsuit to do that. Then maybe I'll feel motivated to try a little harder, yes? I mean, it's worth a shot ;)

So should I play it safe with another one piece?


Also really loving the simplicity (and color options) of this Tulle Bandeau Tank.
Or maybe I should dare for a new bikini. Please note how, different, the Victoria Secret image is from the others...


I must admit as much as I adore all of these I'm also especially drawn to this Mara Hoffman bikini.


And Zimmerman's entire swim collection, like these two.


Alright. So my mind is absolutely everywhere. I really thought I'd get more focused in on one or two suits by writing this post. Not the case.

Regardless, a good cover-up is a must since I may not take it off in the first place...


And I feel like this shirttail dress would be perfect for the beach, lunch, and all around summer living. Love love.

Y'all know I have a pool in my backyard, right? Pressure's on.

First and last images are from Urban Outfitter's spring swim collection. You might wanna check out the whole page of suits. While some are pretty sketchy, some are down right girly fabulous.

21 comments:

caycee said...

Girl rock a bikini this year, we are not getting any younger!!!Plus you will look more like the VS model because you have great "real" boobs ;)

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

I need those two first ones, love them so much! I've always worn bikinis but this time around I want to try a couple of one-pieces , love everything you have here!
ps: whatever you end up wearing I'm sure you're going to look as happy as that vs model ;)

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

Looks like we are both on the bathing suit train. You know I love a fabulous one piece I just feel more comfortable in it- but I think that Mara Hoffman two piece is so you!! Also love the shirttail dress, know I want it.

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

I was just oogling over those anthro one pieces yesterday! So lovely! I'm not afraid to rock a bikini and I did all last summer but I think practicality and a little too much comfort food this winter is going to send me back into a one piece. I don't want to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions while I'm chasing after two babes at the pool this year. And there are so many pretty and stylish one piece options I don't feel like I'm in a speedo or mompiece.

Jessie said...

The thought of bathing suit season makes me sad. I need to lay off the pizza. There are a ton of great one piece options, thank goodness.

Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

I just bought a fabulous Mara Hoffman one piece. Its my first one and I sort of feel like I'm giving in to chub, but I love it. I love so many of the things you posted here. Especially the bodies :)

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I love the maxi striped dress, I think it made me to my summer wish list, along many others from here, lovely selection! While I usually wear smaller bikinis I love the high waisted ones, so elegant!

Amanda said...

L*Space is the Jam and rock that bikini body

Becky {The Pumpkin Spot} said...

I love Mara Hoffman suites so much. Al your options are great esp that scalloped bikini. I say go for the one piece!
-Becky
The Pumpkin Spot

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

We just bought a house with a pool this past fall, so I'm looking forward to lounging by the pool this summer...but then again I don't think I'm ready to sport a bikini either! eeek!! Maybe I'll just wear that amazing shirttail dress the whole summer. ;)

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Girl you will rock any suit. LOVE the one pieces lately. Is it really time to start looking at suits. EEEK.

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

Ugh... my skinny fat self needs to start getting serious. I think your pool and a good bikini will be great motivation for you! I loved your comment about Urban Outfitter' suits - mix of sketch versus girly fabulous. Hahaha - that basically sums up that entire store.

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Oooh, love those jcrew stripes!

White Lacquer said...

Love all of them. It's always good to have options, a new one piece and two piece would be great for variety. And for multiple entertaining in your backyard.

xo. Patience

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Becky {The Pumpkin Spot} said...

Here is my much improved re-post without the spelling errors... grrrr mobile device.
My favorites are the Hilo Maillot one piece and the Zimmerman two piece. I wish I could wear a bandeau top, but they just don't fit me right. I am a huge fan of mix and match anything. I tend to get sick of individual pieces and then find something else I own and pair it together. The colors are perfect on both suits. You really cannot go wrong with any of your choices!
-Becky
The Pumpkin Spot

kelli {kelliflores.com} said...

This is a great collection! I love the VS maxi dress and the Mara Hoffman bikini! I picked up a new Zinke one piece this week and I'm dying for summer to get here!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Casting my vote for that darling Anthro pink belted number...so frickin' great...but not because I don't think you could totally rock a bikini, 'cause gurl, you could totes ROCK. IT. I'm already trying to loose the mommy love handles before swim suit season, UGH.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I'm in love with the striped one piece with the hot pink band. I must try it on and see how it looks. I've always been a one piece type of girl, because I'm a bit heavy on top and bikini's can't hold me in. Ah sigh.

Camila
http://blog.effortless-style.com

*Can't post with my new url so it still has me logged in to my old blogspot blog.

Megan said...

Such a great round-up! I need more than just the itty bitty.

Monika said...

This grey+stripes swimsuit is just amazing!!

Sue Erneta said...

I love love love that tulle bandeau one-piece from J Crew! I have it in navy and I just wore it a ton in Aruba. It's so flattering and beautifully made. Good pick! (Now I might need to pick it up in that turq color!