I’m tired of one piece bathing suits. Anyone else? This is not a fashion whim. It’s sensory. I like the way water feels on my skin, I like sun, and if I choose to cover up I prefer light silk to heavy, wet, bunchy, swim fabric.
Tankinis are, if anything, worse than maillots. Bathing suits stretched tight are tolerable, once gathering and flapping commences all hope is lost.
I confess that did I wear a bikini in Hawaii. But I’d be hard-pressed to do so anywhere except the tropics, and very hard-pressed to do so except in the presence of Significant Other and my children. I bear no ill will towards the belly that bore my babies, but like birth photos, it’s not something I need to share with the world.
So when I saw this nautical high-waisted two-piece number on net-a-porter, I stopped and looked. Surely this s less brazen than a bikini, possibly it avoids the full matron of many skirted, or shorts-bottomed suits.
Quite a nice variant of the species, I think. But $575? Yikes.
The red Norma Kamali below was apparently one of her best-selling items, ever. That’s ruching I could embrace, alternatively, allow to embrace me. Still pricey at $350, but a classic. Luckily, the style is currently benefiting from other retro revisits. The Rose Bug print by Ted Baker can be had for $150. i imagine that Target racks would yield a few that looked great on.
Which is not to say, of course, that the high-waited two-piece bathing suit can’t be done very, very badly.
We do not want to look as though:
- We’re wearing leopardskin granny panties
- One quick tug and we’ll be pantsless
- Our middle requires full opera curtains, no matter how lovely the colors.
What say you, oh Privilege[d]? I sense I may be on my own here.
Net-a-porter 2014 swimwear (Norma Kamali’s classic ruching lives on)
ASOS 2014 swimwear (high-waisted gingham for a full bust)
Neiman Marcus 2014 swimwear (a glorious floral rashguard and matching bottom)