As most of you know, I’ve had a long-term partnership with Macy’s this year & I’ve really enjoyed highlighting my favorite styles from their site each month for you! So, when they asked me to focus on swimwear for June, I’ll admit that I panicked a little. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I needed to get over my own personal insecurities because this type of post could be very beneficial for those looking to buy a new suit this season. I know we all have areas of our bodies that we nitpick and think could be firmer, smoother or smaller, but I want to encourage you to focus on the positive instead! So today I’m sharing some of my tips for ways that you can confidently embrace your body & have a successful swimsuit shopping experience. Plus, now through June 30th, you can save 25% off select styles during Macy’s Summer Sale with code STYLE!
TIP #1: Wear what you feel best in
I’m never going to have six-pack abs (which I’m totally fine with), but I’m not going to let that keep me from wearing a bikini if I want to…and you shouldn’t either! I know a lot of women feel better in two-piece suits because you can buy the pieces separately (a major bonus if you’re like me and need a different size top & bottom). Quite often, bikini tops also have better built-in support for keeping your chest lifted & secure than many one-pieces do. Regardless of your particular size, shape or age, I think you should choose a style that makes you feel fabulous & not worry about what other people think. Over 60? Just gave birth? Have a large scar from abdominal surgery? Don’t let anything stop you – if it’s your preferred style, then go for it!
I fell in love with the print of this bikini & the tie details on the sides – there’s also a tankini version here, which looks so flattering! I’m fairly small chested, so I went with my usual size here. These bottoms had the most coverage of all the suits I tried and the material feels buttery soft against your skin (I went up a size). I layered this gauzy white tunic on top (recommend sizing up; also comes in black) & paired it with these chic woven slides (they go with everything!). Macy’s has so many fun cover-ups for the beach & beyond like this tasseled tunic, this printed dress, this long kimono & this striped maxi.
TIP #2: Shop according to your lifestyle
Sometimes I prefer to be a little more covered up – especially if I’m going to be swimming, playing frisbee on the beach or building sand castles with my kids. If you’re in that phase of life (or just joined a beach volleyball club), a one-piece is going to be your most practical choice. But, it can be hard to find a one-piece that fits well through the torso, isn’t cut too high on the leg & has a good amount of coverage. This is where I try to pay close attention to the product details – this should tell you if it’s lined, if there’s removable cups or underwire & what level of coverage the bottom has. I also recommend thoroughly reading all the reviews – this has saved me many times!
This lace-up suit is technically from the junior’s department, but I was so impressed with the fit & quality. It also comes in black, periwinkle & a yellow/white stripe. I love the way it looks worn with cut-off shorts & slide sandals (you could throw this airy blouse over the top). It would also be cute tucked into a white denim skirt like this one. This does have pretty thin removable cups, so you can add something more substantial if you need it too. Side note: if you buy a one piece that is lined, but doesn’t have cups, you can cut a tiny opening on each side of the bust lining & place your own inserts inside. Other one-pieces that are cute for summer: this crochet detail suit, this color-blocked suit, this printed suit or this tie-shoulder maillot.
What I’m wearing:
c/o Calvin Klein Straw Visor, c/o California Waves Lace-Up Swimsuit,
c/o Kut From The Kloth Denim Shorts, c/o Linum Home Round Beach Towel
c/o Circus by Sam Edelman Sandals, c/o I.N.C. Straw Tote
TIP #3: Order multiple sizes
When it comes to having the best swimwear shopping experience, I have found that I prefer to buy online & try everything on at home, rather than going into the store. Most retailers have a broader product/sizing selection on their site and, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than that awful fluorescent lighting! In my experience, most brands run small, so I always size up (at least one, but sometimes two sizes). What I love about shopping at Macy’s is that I can order multiple sizes and return what doesn’t fit to my local store for free.
This was definitely my favorite ensemble of all three looks – you can never go wrong with a classic black & white pairing. The embroidery on this cover-up is so gorgeous + I love the way the scalloped detail of the bikini top peeks out at the neckline – so pretty! You could also wear shorts underneath this and do a front-tuck with the tunic to take you from the beach into town. I love tops like this that tie both at the neck & in the back because you can adjust it to fit you perfectly – I’m a 34B & wearing a small in the top, and I sized up to a medium in the bottoms (which are full coverage). More of my bikini picks: this scalloped set, this floral print top & bottoms and this striped top & bottoms.