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The Great Swimsuit Hunt

Casual Clothes · Shopping

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

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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.