Beaches

Bathing Suit of the Year

Even though I tell myself that I’m not going to buy another bathing suit, I end up breaking and doing it year after year. I’m picky about bathing suits. I don’t why exactly, but I get a little bit of panic every time I put on a bathing suit. It has nothing to do with how I feel about my body; even when I’m feeling as confident as ever it still happens. I think a huge part of it is that it feels a little revealing, like having a dream where you go to school and realize you forgot to put on pants. (Okay, only me?!?! HAHA) Now that I’m older, I am much less prudish about being naked, but I used to be the girl who changed in the bathroom stall during PE instead of the locker room. I think the tiny pang of panic when I put on a bathing suit stems from that.

Bottom line? I like to feel pretty covered, at least where I don’t feel like a suit is particularly cheeky or that I’m one ever-so-slight move away from a “wardrobe malfunction.”

Last year I bought this v-neck plunge bathing suit and it quickly became my “bathing suit of the year.” It’s such a great suit and, most importantly, I feel amazing wearing it.

I made another purchase a month or so ago and it’s definitely my bathing suit of 2018. I was initially on the fence about it and just decided to give it a try anyway. It’s a little bit sexy (for me at least 😂) with a higher cut on the leg and feels very timeless. I know that this (along with last year’s suit) will be favorites for years to come.

It’s a thick bathing suit so I feel like it does a good job at slightly sucking you in and smoothing you out. It has a shelf bra and pads if you need/want it. Normally one pieces kind of flatten me out, but this one still has a great shape in the chest. And obviously, the bows down the back were a huge (okay main) selling point for me. I thought they’d bother me (like when I lean back on a chair), but they’re totally comfortable and I don’t even notice that they’re there; they also lay flat and don’t stick out when you slip on a coverup.

J. Crew Bow Back Bathing Suit

J. Crew Bathing Suits Carly the Prepster

Gotta love a beach club that has yellow and white striped towels!

Carly Heitlinger Gasparilla Beach Club Bow Back Bathing Suit

Gasparilla Inn

Beach Accessories

Bathing Suit // Crossbody // Sandals // Sunglasses

 

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9 Comments

Lilly

You look absolutely amazing in that swimsuit, Carly! The bows are too cute, and I also love your sandals- the cutouts are so fun and chic. These photos are so pretty and summery 🙂
Xx Lilly
The Dapper Lilly | thedapperlilly@wordpress.com

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Beth

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Ellen

Do you have any tips on how to pose in bikinis or in outfits in general? I tend to feel like I’m too staged or in a pose that isn’t super flattering!

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Shae-Lynn Perreault

This is so cute! What size are you wearing, and did you find it ran small, large or true to size?

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Anais

Yes! you look so incredibly great in this bathing suit and was inspired to purchase a black one for me too!

P.S. To piggyback off Ellen…tips on how to pose in a bathing suit/bikini would be greatly appreciated.

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