If you had asked me five years ago if I would do a try-on haul with swimsuits, I would have told you that you were nuts! I’ve done collage posts or linked to swimsuits that I liked, but putting one on and going online in one is a whole different kettle of fish. However, with age comes confidence and knowledge. Plus, a deep appreciation of what our bodies have gone through and survived. I have dimples, scars, marks, lumps, and bumps that have taken me a lifetime to acquire, and I am not ashamed of them. So, cover your eyes if looking at an over 50 woman in a bathing suit is not your cup of tea.
Okay, I didn’t start with a swimsuit. This is a Shimmer Stripe Caftan Dress, but I wanted to use it as a swimsuit cover-up. I thought the shimmer and cold shoulder cut-outs looked a little much for a dress. So, I removed the snap-in short dress and pulled the caftan on over a swimsuit instead. This cover-up is a statement piece and is great for a full-body cover-up. I’m wearing a medium that fits fine, but I think it runs a little small.
For my accessories, and yes, I always accessorize even at the beach, I am carrying a straw clutch wrist purse that is large enough to hold my phone, keys, and a small wallet. I love this straw clutch, and it will be great to carry with any outfit this spring and summer.
The Raffia Block Heel Sandal is perfect for summer. I love the material and color, and the block heel is sturdy to walk in. I felt like the strap around the upper part of the foot was a little large. My foot felt like it was sliding through, but they don’t look too big in the photos.
The first swimsuit that I am showing is a pink One-Piece Twist-Top. I love swimsuits in bright colors, so I thought this swimsuit would be my favorite. Plus, the side ruching is great for hiding the bulges in the tummy area, so I was shocked that this one will probably be going back.
The suit had ample coverage, molded cups, and I loved the sweetheart neckline, but I didn’t love the suit on me. Depending on the brand and style, I usually wear a size 10-12 in swimsuits. I’m wearing a size 10 in this one, but I don’t think the size is my issue.
I bought this Modern Straw Tote when I went on my Biltmore trip. We didn’t even have a beach trip planned at that time, but I must have subconsciously been wanting to go. I love the modern style of this tote, and it is plenty big enough to carry everything I need to the pool or beach. Plus, it will look great with all my summer outfits since it is a neutral color. The tote also comes in black and a lighter color.
Bathingsuit number two is also a one-piece. I love the color combination of the La Blanca Tropics of Tropez Keyhole One-Piece swimsuit. This swimsuit is cute and surprisingly comfortable, even though the straps in the back were hard to navigate the first time. I’m wearing a size 12, and I like the fit. I also ordered this same print in a different style in size 10, but I liked this style the best, so the other one will go back.
Even my blue aviator sunglasses match my swimsuit. Lol!!! Since they aren’t expensive, I won’t worry about getting them scratched.
I love the size of this wide brim straw hat, and it is $20 cheaper than when I purchased it. When I went to the Biltmore, I wore another wide brim hat that was even larger than this one, but I think I like the size of this one better for everyday use. The oversized one is a DIVA hat, and it is great for photos but not as practical as this one.
I didn’t get a good photo of the leopard print cover-up, but you can check it out on my YouTube video on my Latest Amazon Finds. The video has a different raffia tote and two swimsuits that I don’t have included here.
Cut-outs are very popular at the moment, so I decided to give this La Blanca One-Shoulder Keyhole Tankini a try. I wasn’t that found of it when I was trying it on, but it doesn’t look bad in the photos.
The One-Shoulder Keyhole Tankini top is long and has plenty of stretch. I actually like the cut-out, and I think it is a cute detail. The Mid-Waist Swim Bottoms have great coverage, and the crisscross design helps to camouflage tummy issues. I’m wearing a size 12 in the top and bottom, and they both fit great.
The white Button-Up Cover-Up looks great with all of the swimsuits. This cover-up is so versatile that I’ll probably be reaching for it the most often. It won’t matter what color swimsuit I wear; this cover-up will look great. I love the 100% cotton lightweight fabric, especially since it won’t be hot this summer. I’m wearing a size large, and this is very generously sized.
My daughter loved this swimsuit, and it is was one size larger I might have had a hard time keeping her out of it. Lol! Miraclesuit sent me a couple of swimsuits, and I loved all of them. The Miraclesuit Network Jena is sophisticated and chic looking! The draping is beautiful, and the mesh cut-outs are tastefully done. I’m wearing a 12 in this suit, but it is still a tad tight, but that is how Miraclesuits fit.
The coverage from the back view is modest, and you don’t have to worry about your “cheeks” showing. Lol!
I bet you noticed this bright and colorful Kurt Geiger Raffia Tote. The colors are gorgeous, but it has already sold out. I’ll tell you the price, and then you might not feel so bad that you missed out on it. It was $145.00, and that’s a lot for a raffia tote to take to the beach. Here are a couple of others, but the inventory is limited on them too.
Now, for a two-piece swimsuit. I feel like Ray Stevens, and I should yell, “Don’t look, Ethel!” Truthfully, I’m shocked that I like this Blue Gingham Bikini Top. The top has removable cups, and the straps are adjustable so you can get the correct fit. I’m wearing a large in the top and the bottoms, and the fit is perfect.
The matching Blue Gingham High Waist Bottoms have good coverage also. They don’t fit as tight as some of the other bottoms, but they don’t dig into my waist either.
I hope all of the swimsuits won’t cause you to have nightmares. Lol! Do you know what the worst part is??? This is only Part ONE; I still have another post to finish with the rest of the swimsuits. I bet you can hardly wait. Lol!!!
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