Swimwear, beach hair, and ice cream are some of my favorite things about summer. I’ve had the same suit for a while now, but feel like this year is time for a change. Usually, I’ve felt incredibly self-conscious at the beach – like everyone’s staring at me – but this year, I’m embracing the whole body positivity movement and going for it! I’ve chosen 8 different suits that are good for any body type. Come with me and choose your favorite one.
Swimwear has come a long way since the 18th century when the women wore “loose ankle-length full-sleeve chemise-type gown made of wool or flannel.” Thank goodness. I can’t imagine enjoying swimming wearing wool or flannel. Talk about being weighed down! In the 1930s, nylon started making its appearance in suits, which made it possible for them to be tighter and have the spaghetti straps we have now.
1. Amazon – Sunsets Women’s Twist Tankini Top & Septangle Women’s Vintage High Waisted Bikini Bottom Shirred Tankini Briefs | 2. Athleta – Twist Up Tankini & Scrunch Full Tide Bottom | 3. Albion – Hang Ten Game Changer Swim Crop & Bronte Ruched High-Waisted Bottoms | 4. Modcloth – The Cleo One-Piece Swimsuit | 5. Old Navy – Wrap-Front Halter Underwire Swim Top & Old Navy – Swim Bikini Bottoms | 6. Revolve – onia x WeWoreWhat Sorrento Top & Riviera Bottom | 7. Amazon – CUPSHE Women’s Smocked Green and Monstera Ruffled High Waisted Bikini |
8. Forever21 – Amour One-Piece Swimsuit
I used to be a one-piece gal but I’m about to dive into the world of tankini’s. You might be wondering why that is… Have you ever had to go to the bathroom in your wet one-piece swimsuit? You run to the bathroom and easily pull it down, it’s getting it back up that’s the problem. I always end up twisting oddly to try and wiggle it back up my body – and then the straps get all messed up – it’s quite the to-do to get it back on. That’s why I’m turning to a tankini this summer.
Number 1 (top, bottom) is a classy suit for those who want the ease of the tankini but the coverage of a one-piece. I like the knot that allows some hint of cleavage, but not in your face level. The high waisted bottoms are also a great new addition to the usual bottom line up. For those of us who don’t want to show off our entire stomach, these are a great option.
Number 2 (top, bottom) is another twist knot front option on the tankini. I like the straps on this one better because they’ll just give you great tan lines. I also love the bright colors of the top and bottom. I’m into combining the pink and red colors lately and these items show it off quite well.
Number 3 (top, bottom) might be a stretch in the tankini category since the top is technically crop, but I’m going with it. I love the stripes – everyone know what a huge fan I am of stripes – and pairing it with a different pattern on the bottoms is so fun. By wearing the top with the floral bottoms, it makes the swimwear quite feminine. Yet, it still has a bit of the tomboy sort of vibe due to the crop top. I really like this combo.
Can I tell you a secret? I’ve never worn a bikini. Not even when I was growing up. I guess I’ve always had body issues. That’s just one more reason I am all into this body positive movement. I totally agree with the line going around the internet – A ‘Bikini Body‘ Is Just A Body With A Bikini On It. So if it’s your jam, here some really cute bikini’s.
Number 5 (top, bottom) looks like it’s way higher end than it actually is. This is from Old Navy! I know, I can barely believe it either. I love the wrap part of the top. I’m pretty sure I saw a similar style for like over $100!
Number 6 (top, bottom) is on the pricey side, but it’s just so cute. I’ve been following Danielle Bernstein (@weworewhat) for a while now on Instagram. She has a line of swimwear with Onia that has cute swimwear. Of course, in my mind I have to be as thin as Danielle to wear this, but I don’t. Now the only thing holding me back is the price. She needs to do a deal with Target or a lower priced store.
Number 7 fits more into the bikini category since the top part is shorter than a crop. I like the smocking on the top as well as the ruffle. The green is an unexpected color for a swimsuit, but I love it. The bottoms are another high waist deal, but the pattern is adorable. This feels like it should be from a high end designer, not under $30! Quick note though – it doesn’t ship until July 5th, so if you want it for the 4th of July, sorry, that’s not gonna happen.
These are usually my go-to suit for the summer. They’re comfortable, they don’t show the tummy, and they can still be sexy or cute.
Number 4 reminds me of swimwear from the 1950s. I love the retro vibe it has going on. This is another outfit where patterns are being combined and this combo is another great one: polka dots and stripes, my two favorite patterns. The little touch of the red ‘belt’ is adorable and keeps the retro vibe going. I also like that it’s a halter top. Those show off your shoulders really well.
Number 8 is a cheeky, fun suit to wear when you’re on vacation in Miami or Ibiza. The silver metallic color is different from other suits I’ve seen so far this summer. The red writing really draws the attention to your chest, while the low scoop neck of the suit gives it a subtle sexy vibe.
What’s your pick? Are you a tankini, bikini or one-piece gal? Let me know which ones you like or don’t like. I want you all (and me!) to remember that every body is a summer body! Let’s go enjoy the beach or pool!