Beach Bum #FashionFriday
Greetings, and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the last of my photos from my Vero Beach trip.
Swimsuit season is fast approaching, and this year I added two new swimsuits to my summer wardrobe. I wore them both when I was in Florida, but my favorite by far is the one I’m wearing in this post.
My biggest struggle with swimsuits is finding one that can handle “the girls.” Most swimsuits made for those of us who are more well-endowed end up looking really frumpy.
I only wear swimsuits that have bra cup sizing and a complete built-in underwire bra — with a full detached back strap inside, not just a makeshift bra-like insert in the front. But even among those, most of the more youthful styles (like the ones from Athleta and Title Nine) don’t come large enough (for reference, I need a 32G), and the ones that do (I’ve tried Miraclesuit, Lands’ End, LaBlanca, Fantasie, Robin Piccone, and more) make me feel matronly.
I realize I’m probably super picky, and many of you have had good luck with some of those brands, but they just haven’t worked well for me.
I was absolutely dreading this summer season because my bathing suits were getting old, and I knew I needed to update them. I thought I had tried every option available, but then I discovered Rigby & Peller.
I stumbled upon this store when I was at the mall a few months back, and I went in to get fitted for new bras. While I was there, I noticed they also carried swimwear in larger cup sizes. I liked what I saw so when it came time to order some swimsuits for my Florida trip, I ordered a few to try.
Cue angels singing!
This tankini top is the Prima Donna brand, which was a new one to me. It comes in sooo many sizes, and I love how you can wear the straps two ways. The colors are pretty and youthful, and there is plenty of fabric to cover the tummy area too.
I felt confident and comfortable wearing this swimsuit around the resort and on the beach because it provides a flattering shape and adequate support for “the girls” without showing a ton of cleavage. It’s also a little longer and looser than the tankinis from Title Nine and Athleta, so it doesn’t ride up and show my tummy when I move around, and it also skims the midsection without clinging to the lumps and bumps.
Basically, this is the most perfect tankini I’ve ever tried. Yes, it’s pricey, but you can’t put a price on confidence in a swimsuit, if you ask me. I’ll definitely be ordering more from this brand in the future.
This post is not sponsored, and in fact, I can’t even use affiliate links for my swimsuit — Rigby & Peller doesn’t have an affiliate program — so I’m just passing this info along to anyone who is looking for a flattering, supportive, pretty, youthful looking swimsuit with bra cup sizing that goes beyond a 34DD.
By the way, you can also find Prima Donna swimwear at Bare Necessities and Her Room — and those are affiliate links. Those sites don’t have my exact tankini top, but I really like this and this, and I’m thinking of ordering one of those. Now that I’m moving into a house with a pool in the backyard, I’m going to want more swimsuit options!
Martina totally posed me for this next shot, and it makes me laugh, but I had to include one.
By the way, I’m wearing the matching bikini briefs in a size medium, but we didn’t take any pictures without a coverup on.
I also have these boyshorts from Title Nine that I like to wear with this tankini top sometimes. I definitely like the rear coverage they provide — they’re just long enough to cover my saddlebags (I do have them; trust me!) but they don’t add any extra bulk like board shorts tend to do.
I usually just throw on jean shorts and a tank top over my swimsuit and call it a day, but I decided my Florida vacation deserved a proper coverup so I ordered a few the week before I left.
They all arrived on Thursday, and I didn’t even take time to try them on — I just threw all 3 into my suitcase.
I got my coverup on Amazon for $54, but they only have an XS left now. It costs more at Zappo’s, but it’s a nice quality coverup that you can wear for years, so if you’re in the market for one, I definitely recommend it.
I usually prefer a beach bag that stands on its own, but having a packable style worked really well for this trip, and it’s usually so full of stuff it stands up anyway.
My sunnies are an older style, but you can still find them on SmartBuy Glasses. I just got a new shipment from Maui Jim so I’ll have some new styles to show you soon! I’m partnering with them again on a series of sponsored posts this summer.
And no, I don’t normally wear jewelry on the beach, but I had this necklace on from a previous photo shoot and I left it on. I kind of like how it glams up the look.
Looking at these pictures really makes me want to go back to Florida. It doesn’t help that it’s been raining here for three days straight with no end in sight. I’m so ready for summer.
At least when we get moved into my new house in a couple of months, I’ll be all set for swimwear. I plan to spend most of my afternoons by my backyard pool, and I cannot wait!
photo credit: Martina’s Photography
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