Thursday, June 21, 2012

Suit Up for Summer

This post is underwritten by Old Navy. Whether you're looking for a tankini, bikini, or a one piece, Old Navy has you confidently covered at a great price.

The last time I went to the beach was when I was 16 (I'm now 24), and that's how long it's been since I've gotten a new suit. It seems as if there are hundreds of new styles out there now and it's a pain to find one that suits your body type. I also have trouble knowing where to shop. Not all stores carry a decent selection, and if you don't start shopping in February their already tiny offerings will be picked over.

Cue Old Navy. Three of their suits stood out to me and I'm going to explain why.

Top: U-ring bandeau top & bottom. Bottom: Ruffled string top & bottom

For a fun beach or pool outing where I won't be swimming or taking part in any type of athletic activity, these two suits would be a cute look. Although I'm not necessarily a fan of bandeau tops for smaller women, what I like about this particular suit is that it has a strap to provide a little extra lift and shape. The bottoms are flattering and isn't cut too high on the thigh, which I don't find flattering. Although it has a little bling, it's not too pronounced.

The ruffled top and bottom are just plain cute and a nice jewel-tone green that would work with my pale skin. Triangle tops are some of the most flattering and it's what I choose to wear often. Because of the ruffles, though, I feel like you can't really get down and dirty in this suit.

Striped bikini top & boy short bottom

If we're being honest here, I'm always afraid of having a swimsuit malfunction, so if I'm active on the beach I look for a hipster/wide bikini/boyshort bottom, like this style. The color is summery and reminds me of a sunset. While the top is a little too close to a bandeau style, it's scooped on top and has a strap to provide shape and lift.

What I also like about these three suits is that they're more colorful than I typically wear. I stick to black because it looks good, is harder to see through, and doesn't stain as easily. It's nice to own a really fun suit, though, so hopefully I will be able to find one of these three in the store.

Thank you again to Old Navy for sponsoring my post. I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.

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