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.
YSL Red Nautical via net-a-porter $525 for the full suit
Bug Print Ted Baker via ASOS $80.57 for the bottom
Red Norma Kamali via net-a-porter $175 for the bottom
Leopardskin Cavali via Neiman Marcus $440 for the full suit
Mara Hoffman Bondage brief via ASOS $385 for the full suit
Mara Hoffman “Tut” via Madewell