With that said, there was something about looking forward to our seven-day vacation to Costa Rica that motivated us a just a litttttle bit more than usual. We knew we’d be spending our days relaxing, swimming, and beach hopping, so we tried to collect several swimsuits for the trip. And, I’m not going to lie, we had fun doing it. For the past few months we were always texting each other photos and links to cute suits that we thought would be cuter on another gal. I can’t believe I just said it was fun. But yeah, it was kinda fun. #victory
Tip 1: Get over yourself
Before you start swimsuit shopping, you might as well accept the fact that 100% of women (and humans for that matter) have insecurities. We’re not perfect. Swimsuits can be freaky territory, but realizing that we’re all in the same boat makes it feel a little safer. So much of how we see ourselves is a mind game anyway. Instead of focusing on what you don’t love about your body, give yourself a compliment and a high five. You deserve it!
From the top left: ASOS Top (old), Victoria’s Secret Bottom, Victoria’s Secret Top, Rashguard. From the bottom (left to right): ModCloth, ASOS (Katie and I accidentally bought opposite pieces of the same suit!), Urban Outfitters.
Tip 2: Dress for your body type
I know this one should be super obvious, but it’s tough—especially when you’re shopping online. When you’ve been scrolling through pages and pages of models wearing swimsuits, it’s easy to forget what you’re even looking for. I start noticing colors and cute styles, and then I’m like, “Waiiit a minute—I can’t wear that!” Ha! It doesn’t matter how cute it is if it’s not a style you’ll feel awesome in. Gotta stay focused! 🙂
Everyone’s body-type solutions will be different. I’ve sworn off both one pieces and two pieces that are sold as pairs because I need different sizes on the top and bottom. Whatever works, right?!
Katie: One piece/Anthropologie (Similar).
Laura: ASOS bikini (Out of stock—aw, man!).
Emma: One piece/Urban Outfitters.
Tip 3: Mix + Match
Emma and I have adopted the habit of collecting black pieces, and pieces that match with black. It’s super convenient to be able to mix and match pieces depending on your mood and the activities of the day. I highly recommend finding neutral pieces that you can mix with patterned and colored pieces.
Also several of you asked questions about our swim caps. I found one of these at a vintage shop on our honeymoon and the other from eBay (I think!). They are super easy to find on Amazon, too, for cheap!
Our favorite places to shop? ASOS, Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, ModCloth, and Dillards.
I hope this has been helpful. Happy swimsuit shopping! xx. Elsie
Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson, Katie Shelton, and Laura Gummerman.