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The Great Swimsuit Hunt

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On my second to last day of vacation the clasp on the top of my brown and pink bikini broke.


RIP bikini that I’ve had since at least 2008

This was actually the second time the clasp had broken. The first time I had my mom replace the clasp with a new one. I didn’t pay that much for this swimsuit but it was worth it to me to repair it. Why? Because finding a swimsuit that has all the criteria I need is like my own personal white whale.

My criteria?

1. No tie in the back. It can tie at the neck but I don’t want one that ties at the back.

2. Not too much padding. Even if I don’t plan to swim in it there’s always a chance I’ll get wet and having sopping wet sponges attached to my chest is not a look I covet.

3. Some kind of tie or embellishment on the hips. I need something that distracts from the fact that I carry most of my weight around my hip bones and almost every bikini bottom gives me a little bit of muffin top (notice how I am cleverly hiding it behind my arm in the above photo).

4. A halter top. I think this shows off my shoulders the best and I happen to think my shoulders look goooood.

The hardest thing to find? A halter top with light padding that doesn’t tie in the back! They are super rare. And I look in every store I go into that has bikinis just in case. So when my mom and I wandered into a Glik’s in downtown Grand Haven, MI and I saw TWO halter bikinis that didn’t tie at the back I was ecstatic! The first one didn’t have my size in the top (sad) so I tried on this one called Beneath the Rainbow from Hobie.

FYI – the bottoms run super small. They didn’t have a medium so I tried on the small. Uh, that was a tad bit scandalous. But, the bottoms are adjustable so I tried on the large and voila! They worked. I could probably get away with a medium as well but the large was what they had so that’s what I bought.

Of course, it was the LAST day of vacation and the weather was cruddy so I haven’t actually gotten to wear the swimsuit out anywhere yet. I guess this means I need to take another vacation!

P.S. I couldn’t find my camera this AM and I was running late for work. Hopefully regular outfit posts will return tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for last week’s “You Pick” series.

P.P.S. I have a bracelet giveaway that starts tomorrow over at Coming Unstitched. If you aren’t reading her yet, now would be a good time to start.