Bikini Shopping

This week while I was in Target browsing I noticed their bathing suits were out- yes in January.  I saw two cute ones and figured why not?  I should try these on.  Bad idea.  Why is bathing suit shopping so horrible.  The lighting, the gigantic mirrors.  It was a nightmare.   I wanted to cry when I put on the bikinis.  I was pale and flabby.  Now don’t get me wrong I don’t think I am fat by any means, my body was just loose and gross.   My stomach area really needs some work.  And the sad thing is I have been eating pretty healthy and working out.  UHHH I obviously need to be doing more before I get a bikini.  But it got me thinking I would love a kick ass bikini for this summer. 

I don’t think I bought a single bathing suit last year, its time for a new two piece for mama.  I own quite a few one pieces I love but no bikinis that I love. I figure I am not getting any younger so I might as well rock one while I can.
This is my inspiration for the summer.  I want to look as good as Gwyneth in her bikini.  I mean she is 40 and looks freaking amazing.

Who makes the most flattering bikinis?  I may order online and try on in my house because I am traumatized by my Target experience.   I am not afraid to spend a little dough on a bikini I feel comfortable in because I don’t buy them often.  I want a classic one to last me a awhile.

Here are a few I have narrowed it down to:

{Marysia Scallop Bikini}

This one is a fore runner I have wanted it forever.  It is not cheap but looks amazing and might just be worth the money.

{Eberjey Tutu Bikini}
Classic black and love the cute ruffle.  I am partial to strapless bathing suits too because of tan lines.  Although Matt claims one with straps are more flattering….

{Splendid One Piece}

I already own a few one pieces but this one is so classic and flattering, I would love to have it!

 {Missoni Bikini}
Remember this beauty from my obsessions post?    I really want her, like bad.  Even though it is skimpy,  some people swear string bikinis are the way to go.  That they are more flattering than regular bikinis because they don’t cut in at your hips.  This is the priciest option though.  Anyone own a Missoni bikini?  How do they fit/hold up?

 I really want a long cover up this year too.  I have lots and lots of short ones but want a really fabulous long one.  My top picks:

{Indah Strapless Maxi| Indah Empire Cover-up | LemLem Patio Dress | Bop Basics Maxi}

 Ok so take a vote and tell me which of the top 3 bikinis I should buy??  or where else I should be shopping for a fabulous bikini- one that will make me look like Gwyneth:)


  1. January 31, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    I think Lilly Pulitzer has the best coverups they are always really cute.

  2. January 31, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    I think Lilly Pulitzer has the best coverups they are always really cute.

  3. January 31, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    I adore the tutu and scallop options! They totally look like you. You know my feeling on the Missoni. Obviously fabulous, just is pretty much like being covered by a paper napkin. And because of the price point, I am always concerned about getting it wet. Lame I know.

  4. January 31, 2013 / 12:44 pm

    I adore that scallop bikini. I need a new one as well. Last year was all leftovers. I'm a big nervous about a two-piece but you're right, we're not getting any younger so might as well rock it while we can!

  5. January 31, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    believe it or not I really like the Gap bikinis….they are perfect for moms because they are not too skimpy. I had 2 c-sections so I don't want a suit that is so low in the front that you can see my scar.

  6. January 31, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    I love the ones you picked out, but I really swear by J Crew bikinis…they are flattering and, for those like me that like a bit more coverage after baby, they have fuller bottoms and even some high waisted bottoms. Sounds weird but they are cute. I just hate that you can't try them on in stores (none carry them, at least around me).

  7. January 31, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    Girl get the string, I promise it's the most flattering! And Matt is right a top with straps looks best, especially for us with "real boobs" much better!

  8. January 31, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    Cute stuff! Have you been to Everything But Water? They have a great selection and you can get different sizes for the top and bottom, which is sometimes all it takes to find the perfect suit! Target suits are cute but never work for me! Their cut is really strange (aka cheap) and the lights in there are horrific!

  9. January 31, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    I think you should totally go with the string. If you've got it flaunt it…and why not do it while you can?! I second the bikini's from Gap. They aren't that pricey and they do give good coverage. I bought two last year and I still love them.

  10. January 31, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    I'm going to get the Missoni bikini, I think I'm just going to go a size up in it. And I own that blue and white cover up and am totally obsessed with it!

  11. January 31, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    I looove marysia's pieces an that black one is probably my favorite. Have you ever tried Vix Swimwear? They fit amazing, seriously 😉

  12. January 31, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    The bathing suits already being out in January motivate me to get on it! I'm a one piece girl and I LOVE the one you featured – totally love a halter style.

  13. January 31, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Already wishing for summer by the pool with this post. The tutu bikini you posted is darling! The selection is obviously more limited, but I've had good luck with suits from Nordstrom. Like you, I'm feeling a little adventurous this year and looking to buy something fresh. It's been a few years since I bought a suit.

  14. January 31, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    I've been looking around at swimwear and coverups too. I recommend popping into Everything But Water before you order anything just to see. But you know I'm a Marysia fan, so that's my fav.

  15. January 31, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    I'm thinking Marysia or Missoni…or Eres. Those are definitely a splurge but last FOREVER and the color never fades. I vote for the LemLem dress as it's light in the summer heat and so different. Love the one you chose! Check out the LemLem site too bvc a lot of her pieces are half off 🙂

  16. January 31, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    I LOVE the italan jersey lomellina line from jcrew. The fabric sort of conforms to your body and the colors and sheen are amazing. My favorite part is that they are lined with the same fabric, so they are as comfortable as your birthday suit :). Good luck!

  17. January 31, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    First of all, I saw that Gweneth pic in my blog reader and I swear I thought it was you! Second, LOVE those first two bikinis. I am all about strapless, too, but like Matt, Cameron is not a fan.

  18. January 31, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Def order online and try on in the comfort of your home. I always do this! I vote for the 2nd bikini! Love it and it will never go out of style. For me the Missoni isa little too skimpy, but you could pull it off. And I am dying over the black/white cover up, I think it was the 2nd one too. Perfect with a big hat and big sunnies! I say go for it!!!
    Also, there is a store called Everything But Water (I think thats the name) they have amazing bathing suit and cover-ups. I have bought several from there.

  19. January 31, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    i totally agree…why they put those things out so early is beyond me–it's just to make us feel bad about ourselves i guess!!

    i LOVE the scalloped bikini…i think that would be oh so flattering, especially with a cute beach hat, too!!

    other top places i buy from are VS and JCrew

  20. January 31, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    Oh yes—bikini shopping–hahaha–not fun! I love the scallop bikini though. Adorable. Also, some other readers have noted JCrew–but I love their bathing suits. Got my last two from there–and I spend a lot of time in them in the summer. They hold up well and are super comfortable!

  21. January 31, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    I love that scalloped one! Oh and btw, when I saw the preview picture for this post in my google reader (it was gwynnie) I thought it was you!!

  22. January 31, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    Really love the bathing suit with the ruffle–so cute! I think that ViX swimwear is also really cute (sold at Nordstroms) and flattering!

  23. January 31, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    I like the tutu bikini the best 🙂 I feel like that style top does a good job giving the boobs more perk than the other options 🙂 Also, coming from someone who has 50+ bikinis because my mother in law works in Dillards swim, I swear by the Trina Turk bathing suits ( I also really like the Bleu by Rod Beattie for a really great quality suit that flatters even if you are having a fat day.(–Rod-Beattie-Swimwear-Midas-UW-D-Cup-Bandeau-TOP/PAFCADHPMPABAILD/Product)

  24. January 31, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Love the scallop bikini! It's adorable. Unforch, my girls would be falling out of it — gotta stick with the halters!

  25. January 31, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    I have one of those scalloped bikinis and I adore it. Although 7 months after delivering.. I'm not there yet. Planning on kicking some butt in the gym though.. I love my bikinis. I used to think of myself as a bikini queen.
    Guh.. the pre baby body!
    Favorite brands:

    L Space
    Vitamin A

    3 best brands I swear

  26. January 31, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    J Crew! Especially their Lomelina (sp?) suits, and I think they have free shipping on swimwear so you can try it on at home and return to the store. Last year I bought a bunch and just returned what I didn't like. Good luck! P.S. Target's lighting is some of the worst ever, even Gisele would look bad. Plus there's just something about trying on swimwear out of season that sucks, peeling off coat, boots, socks, jeans, long sleeve t, sweater to stand there in a bikini just feels all kinds of wrong!

  27. January 31, 2013 / 6:21 pm

    DAMN YOU GWYNETH!!!! I didn't look like that at 18 and I'm pretty sure after I have a baby, I will never ever look like that. I am obsessed….like OBSESSED with Marysia swimsuits. The scallop ones are my absolute favorite.

  28. January 31, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    J.Crew has a really pretty scallop bikini right now and it comes in every color under the sun!!! But I do love that scallop one you posted about, I just cant bring myself to spend that much on a bathing suit!

  29. January 31, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Ugh target lighting is the worst! THE WORST! I try to never try things on there. I try to avoid strapless bc it's not that flattering on me (being smaller chested). So I really loved the missoni bikini!

  30. January 31, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Oh, please don't compare yourself to someone without a realistic life. GP has tons of $, a on-staff personal trainer & chef to make sure she eats well and exercises. She also has someone taking care of her kids, does that sound like your life?

  31. January 31, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    I'm a So Cal girl, so have lots of experience with bikinis!

    I have a Missoni that I love, but it does not provide much in the way of support and actually came with an enclosure that said not to wear it in the pool. More for lounging by the pool days, which are few and far between with 2 year old twins now!

    Gwynnie's bikini is Vix, which is on of my favorites.

    Good luck!

  32. January 31, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    Everything but Water is a great place to shop for one and my jcrew black two piece is going on its 7th year! Yes, 7th year and looks good at new and yes, its born worn a lot in pool and ocean water.

  33. January 31, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    I loathe bikini shopping! Nothing looks good when you are pasty white and packing winter weight! I like Target bikinis because they are inexpensive enough that I can pick up a few new ones each year. I like that first black strapless suit you showed. I started only buying strapless a couple of years ago so I never have to worry about weird tan lines. Good luck!

  34. January 31, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    Stop playing player… I saw you the other day in your undies and you looked amazing! GP aint got nothing on my Nat!

  35. January 31, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    I am a complete swimsuit snob and I love having fewer nicer suits than lots of cheap ones. VIX is my go to swim brand and if you sign up on their website you can catch some decent sales. GL!

  36. January 31, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    I am a complete swimsuit snob and I love having fewer nicer suits than lots of cheap ones. VIX is my go to swim brand and if you sign up on their website you can catch some decent sales. GL!

  37. January 31, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    WHo wouldn't want to look like that at any age!! I am a few years off from 40 and she is my inspiration. Although you do realize that KILLS herself to look like that:) I have started the Tracey Anderson videos and I really like them. They are all about toning up and losing flabby skin. I have only been doing them for a week but I totally feel it once I'm done so something must be happening. I have bought bikinis from Victoria's Secret and like them. I actually just ordered a white bikini on line last week, I'm hoping it works!

  38. January 31, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    Vix and Mara Hoffman are two of my go-to bikini favorites! Checkout Joie and Annie Griffin's new beach coverups too.

  39. February 1, 2013 / 2:27 am

    i love both of the black bikinis at the top – i love strapless too because of the tan lines, and i think it looks good on teeny chests (aka flat) like mine, but kip things they are ugly too. i dont know why boys hate them? and i vote order online for sure!! that awful lighting is not at all what you look like in real life!

  40. February 1, 2013 / 3:10 am

    I'd go scalloped or Missoni. I'm not a fan of the ruffles. I'm sure you will look amazing regardless! {FYI – I have had similarly bad experiences with Target bikinis…it's not just you}.

  41. February 1, 2013 / 9:11 am

    You've got to try La Biquini! Check them out online. Australian designer. I have 4 pairs – 2 bikinis, 2 one-pieces and I have never felt better in a swimsuit! Superior quality!

  42. February 1, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    I have always sworn Target dressing rooms are the worst! I love La Blanca bathingsuits and normally Nordstrom has a good selection of them!

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