7.03.2012

Beachy Keen!

"Women shop for a bikini with more care than they do a husband. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow."
Erma Bombeck


As any girl who has so much as contemplated a trip to the pool or beach can tell you, Swimwear is not merely a small sliver of wardrobe space visited between the months of May and August before being locked away until the next swim season; rather, it is an entire closet unto itself that is modified and updated throughout all twelve months of the year (including winter – hello hot tubs!), encompassing not just bikinis, but sundresses, cover-ups, sunglasses, bags, and sandals. How do I know this? I will confess; I am a swimwear-aholic.

Like many other beach babes, I am always on the hunt for a new bikini or sarong to add to my burgeoning collection. It makes no difference that I have countless pieces peering out of my bureau, tags intact; there is something liberating, inspiring, and thrilling about having a new piece of swimwear in one’s possession – especially when it is a piece that makes you look and feel fabulous. And what makes me look and feel fabulous? Bandeaus!

Currently, my swimwear essentials are bandeau bikini tops and low-rise hipkini bottoms in neon peach hues; skin-toned wedge sandals with barely-there ankle straps; sarongs in bright colors that make one feel like a belly-dancer; oversized sunglasses; and sand-skimming maxi dresses.

In light of tomorrow’s swim-centric holiday, tell me…what are your swim essentials?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Fashion Q&A for the picture.


FTC Disclosure: This is a post written in partnership with Debenhams; however, all opinions expressed therein are my own.
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30 comments

ellie said...

Such great summer items for the beach at their site. Always looking for a cool coverup.

ivy's closet said...

Always looking for some comfy bottoms.

Love the post! Have a great holiday!

lucy and sarah said...

Definitely, a great place to find some fun pieces to your summer wardrobe.

Sweet post!

thepinkmateproject said...

Oh my these are just gorgeous! makes me want to go back to the beach!

vanessa

http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

caitlin and megan said...

Awesome summer post. I love sarongs!

Hope you have a fun holiday.

mazzy may said...

Love this picture! Wow, great post for this week.

ellie's desk said...

Sweet. I need all the help I can get when it comes to swim essentials.

Georgina said...

Love the posted photo! Some of my essentials: gorgeous sheer coverup tunic in either a wild hue or print (or both), jeweled sandals, a large fashionably floppy hat and lots of sun protection!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

These are all so pretty! I agree I can use some help on choosing swim essentials.

janettaylor said...

Truly amazing caftans...YAY!

A Fine Balance said...

This year I am on the hunt for the perfect hat! but i love the one piece that you have showcased its gorgeous!

Couture Carrie said...

Love these cover ups!

xoxox,
CC

Dancing Branflake said...

Striped maxi dress, tote, halter one piece, and simple jewelry. Love that one piece up there and I always love a good coverup.

MOSAMUSE said...

love botht he blue dresses!!
xo
MOSAMUSE

www.MOSAMUSE.com

Imogen said...

Lovely collection of swimwear here. I am not a swimwear-aholic but one of my sisters certainly is. It always makes me realise how much there is to the whole concept of swimwear, like you say a whole closet.

Pop Champagne said...

these pictures are great and I love that ombre cover!!

Clare said...

Such gorgeous usmmer looks. I am partial to summer hats myself. They are so cute and also shield you fromt he sun. What I do need to invest more in is coverups. I don't think I have ANY!

p.s. thank you SO much for your kind words on the blog, Erika! You are amazing!

Samantha Elisabeth said...

My essentials (besides the suit) are a white T to wear for cover-up, sun screen, and a beach umbrella!

Fashion Tales said...

I am loving printed bold one piece styles and retro suits this season. Great post doll. xx

Bonnie said...

I own approximately 7 bikinis. I never go to the beach, sit around water, or tan. I just wear them around the house.

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Sherin said...

I love the blue one! A perfect beach cover up.

Amanda Chic said...

What an amazing post!! :)

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A chic kiss ;)

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oooh super cute!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Fantastic quote! I love retro style swimsuits and big sun hats.

Ms. Cathy said...

I'm in love with that quote! So true :)

Cathy Trails

Blond Duck said...

Ha! Love that quote!

alittlepetite said...

im a swimwear-holic as well! I love them. sequins. bright colors. patterns. solids. name them ive got it!

Pratishtha Durga said...

You know, swimwear used to have such limited options when I was growing up! In just a few years, there has been such a sea change... Love these designs... Just fabulous!

Natasha Hollerup said...

I don't have a swimsuit, which is shameful because I really should. I would like something classic, though, with a mesh cover-up. That would be perfect.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ain't that the truth! always trying to find the suit that makes you not awkward :) I love your essentials- sounds close to mine.

I have a couple really expensive bikinis and then I am sure to stock up on Target tops each summer bc they're just so cute and cheap!

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