Greetings and welcome back to 25 Days of Summer Fashion! Today it’s all about swimwear, and more specifically, swimsuit cover-ups.
Last summer we moved into a new home with a backyard swimming pool, and I’ve been spending a lot of time in a swimsuit and cover-up lately.
When we belonged to a swim club, I usually just pulled a tank top and jean shorts on over my swimsuit to drive to and from, and called it a cover-up. That way I could stop into the store if I needed to, and I felt like I was wearing real clothes.
But now with a pool in our backyard, I’ve found it a lot easier to throw a cover-up on over my swimsuit when I want to run inside to grab something I forgot or refresh my mojito.
I don’t love the one I had, so when I was at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I stopped into their swim department to pick up a few options to try. I didn’t have a lot of time, so just grabbed four cover-ups that looked good to me, and decided I’d return what I don’t like.
I’m saving one for a future post, but I’m sharing the other three here.
My favorite is this Robin Piccone pareo for $38. This is definitely the one I’ve been wearing the most.
It’s one size fits all, and it’s so easy to grab it and tie it on when I want to run inside for something. It covers just enough to give me the level of modesty I’m comfortable with, and it’s feminine and pretty too.
It comes in the plain black that I’m wearing as well as white with black stripes.
I also picked up these Chelsea28 gauze cover-up pants. These are really fun, but I feel kind of silly in them. I think they’d be better suited to someone with more of a boho chic style aesthetic, and I also don’t care for where they sit on my hips, emphasizing my middle.
They would definitely look better with a bikini top, and ideally on someone with a flatter stomach, but I decided to go ahead and share a photo of them because some of you might like them.
They also come in coral, and for size reference, I’m wearing the small.
This hat sold out right after I bought it, unfortunately. I really like the shape and the black bow band.
I also really like this Billabong shift cover-up dress, but it’s a little fussier than the other two.
I feel like it’s better suited to a resort than my backyard, but it’s a good option to have, especially if I’m entertaining friends and want a little more coverage.
This cover-up is also super easy to throw on and tie. It has slits up the sides, and you can cinch the front all the way as I did here, or leave it open in the front and tie it that way.
Either way, It gives more coverage than the pareo and the pants, which is nice sometimes. It comes in two sizes, and I’m wearing the XS/S.
I’d feel comfortable wearing this to walk around at a resort or hotel, grab lunch in the cafe, or even grabbing a drink at the bar before heading up to change for dinner.
I’m also wearing my Maui Jim Mele polarized cat eye sunglasses. I love the oversized styling, both for the style factor as well as the extra sun protection, and I wear them all the time.
When I discovered Prima Donna swimsuits last summer, I swear I heard angels singing, ha! I’ve struggled with bathing suits my whole life, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s become harder and harder to find suits that flatter me and give me the support I need. I always buy bra-sized swimwear, but most don’t come large enough. (I wear a 32G.)
Not only does Prima Donna make swimsuits with a wider range of cup sizes than most brands, but their tankini tops are a little loose through the middle, so they don’t cling to the lumps and bumps that I prefer to camouflage. They also have swim bottoms with good coverage that stay put.
Basically, these are the most flattering and comfortable bathing suits I’ve ever owned, and I don’t think you can put a price on confidence in a swimsuit.
tankini top // high rise bikini bottoms // pareo // cover-up pants // cover-up dress // sandals // raffia tote // sunnies
If you want some other bathing suit options at lower price points, don’t miss my 2019 Swimsuit Guide. And for more swim cover-up options, I have a whole post of Swimsuit Cover-Ups Under $50 that was recently updated for 2019.
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer look she’s styling today!
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photos: Alison Cornell