Living in Miami allows you to enjoy summer, practically year-round. The beaches are beautiful and who wouldn’t want to have some fun in the sun. Swimsuit shopping was always a task for me because of my shape and insecurities of my “love handles.” When ever I gain weight, it usually goes to my waist first. So I usually look for high waist bottoms or boy shorts, since those usually fit above the waist. I had surgery a few months back and the small incisions made on my abdomen has left scars. Because of this, I’ve had the daunting task of looking for one-piece swimsuits. I can’t wear monokini’s because those tend to be cut out on the sides and as I’ve mentioned, my love handles are not for show. Monokini’s is usually the sexier way to wear a one-piece swimsuit, so searching for the right one-piece wasn’t a piece-of-cake. A lot of the swimsuits I found at Macy’s Department Store were more for older women, which was very disappointing. I went to Victoria’s Secret but the store didn’t have as many of the one-pieces they had on their website and the few they did have, just wasn’t my style. Just as I was about to give up, I went into Bloomingdale’s and their whole swim section was on sale. Who doesn’t love and appreciate a sale?!?! Their store had a good mix of one-pieces for older women and younger women, like myself. I came across an all black one-piece that I immediately fell in love with. There were no cut outs that would make me self-conscious about my love handles and surgery scars. It just had a great fit all around. I simply paired the swimsuit with a neon orange cover-up and cat-eyed shades.
One-piece swimsuits have definitely made a comeback for all ages. I’ve located a few to jump-start anyone’s swim collection.
From left to right:
Box Pleat Swimsuit by Topshop (also comes in several colors: pale yellow, purple and mint), Black Foral by River Island & Black Halter by River Island.
And for the higher end pieces:
From left to right:
“The Mighty” by We Are Handsome, Mesh-paneled Print by Zimmerman & Black Panther by We Are Handsome.
Since most stores don’t carry all items that are available online, I would suggest ordering in advance, if you need it for a special event or occasion. So which is your favorite piece?