In the Swim…Suits

With pretty, tone-on-tone textured design, the Crete Pushup Molded Triangle Bikini's halter neck and center tie make this bikini top super-adjustable. It comes in several colors. boohoo.com.
With pretty, tone-on-tone textured design, the Crete Pushup Molded Triangle Bikini’s halter neck and center tie make this bikini top super-adjustable. It comes in several colors. boohoo.com.

 

Land's End offerings are always highly rated and incredibly popular. They are a reliable company that has been around for a long time because they pay attention to the realistic needs of Shoppinggirls of all sizes. This all-in-one suit with a zipped rashguard top in a pretty but still sporty design features Sun protective fabric with a UPF rating of 50+. landsend.com.
Land’s End offerings are always highly rated and incredibly popular. They are a reliable company that has been around for a long time because they pay attention to the realistic needs of Shoppinggirls of all sizes. This all-in-one suit with a zipped rashguard top in a pretty but still sporty design features Sun protective fabric with a UPF rating of 50+. landsend.com.

Summer is a great time of year for Shoppinggirls to enjoy wearing swimsuits for leisure, exercise, or just playing around in the surf.

 

The figure-flattering drape of this flared tankini gains control for practical use from the torso band and racerback. UPF50+ for awesome Sun protection. landsend.com.
The figure-flattering drape of this flared tankini gains control for practical use from the torso band and racerback. UPF50+ for awesome Sun protection. landsend.com.

As most Shoppinggirls have discovered, one swimsuit won’t be sufficient to meet all of your swimwear needs.

 

Take it from coastal Shoppinggirls who know: Even if you are just spending a day at the beach, you will likely want to be able to change your swimsuit during the day.

Tall Shoppinggirls will appreciate this classic Active Swimsuit with racerback, tummy control and built-in shelf bra. longtallsally.com.
Tall Shoppinggirls will appreciate this classic Active Swimsuit with racerback, tummy control and built-in shelf bra. longtallsally.com.

 

Channel your inner Mermaid in a holographic Venice Micro Suit. It also comes in Pink, for more seashelly mermaids. chynnadolls.com.
Channel your inner Mermaid in a holographic Venice Micro Suit. It also comes in Pink, for more seashelly mermaids. chynnadolls.com.
The bottom of the Mermaid Venice Micro Suit features a scrunch center seam in the back, for a very shapely fit. chynnadolls.com.
The bottom of the Mermaid Venice Micro Suit features a scrunch center seam in the back, for a very shapely fit. chynnadolls.com.

Bikinis, while adorable and practical for sunbathing, are notorious for coming untied in the surf, no matter how tightly you secure the knots! You’ll probably want to change into a one-piece before hitting the water for some body surfing.

 

 

A bikini you can swim in, thanks to the racerback styling. The cute tie front works with pants, shorts and skirts as a crop top, too. Tara Ribbed at nordstrom.com.

A bikini you can swim in, thanks to the racerback styling. The cute tie front works with pants, shorts and skirts as a crop top, too. Tara Ribbed at nordstrom.com.

The BFF Crop Bikini is an adorable, and adaptable, Plus-size option, great for multi-purpose use on vacation. The flattering, feminine color will go with just about anything. nordstrom.com.
The BFF Crop Bikini is an adorable, and adaptable, Plus-size option, great for multi-purpose use on vacation. The flattering, feminine color will go with just about anything. nordstrom.com.
Double-duty as swimwear and undergarments. Keep vacation luggage space under control. Haley Reversible Bikini features a sophisticated pattern on one side, and a solid nude tone on the other. (We realize that "nude" isn't the same color for every Shoppinggirl, but this shade does generally work pretty well for discrete wear under Summer whites and sheers.) The back has a special corset-like design, enabling great adjustability of the top. nordstrom.com.
Double-duty as swimwear and undergarments. Keep vacation luggage space under control. Haley Reversible Bikini features a sophisticated pattern on one side, and a solid nude tone on the other. (We realize that “nude” isn’t the same color for every Shoppinggirl, but this shade does generally work pretty well for discrete wear under Summer whites and sheers.) The back has a special corset-like design, enabling great adjustability of the top. nordstrom.com.

Perhaps your Summer is blessed with some weekend vacations, or a cruise. You’ll want several adaptable bathing suits. Shoppinggirls who pack light will benefit from choosing swimsuit separates that do double-duty as casual tops or undergarmen

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Coordinating pieces for an easy, do-it-all vacation or weekend wardrobe. Here, the relaxed fit raglan works as a rashguard swim shirt or for casual wear and sightseeing. Featuring UPF 50+, like all of the matching apparel, it comes in different colors. uvskins.com.

Coordinating pieces for an easy, do-it-all vacation or weekend wardrobe. Here, the relaxed fit raglan works as a rashguard swim shirt or for casual wear and sightseeing. Featuring UPF 50+, like all of the matching apparel, it comes in different colors. uvskins.com.

Matching Board Shorts are cute, girly, and smart. Velcro fly combines with elastic waist and front tie for great fit. Keep your stuff safe in the Velco flap back pockets. Dual side pockets, too. Pockets have grommets for draining. UPF 50+ fabric in a variety of colors and prints. uvskinz.com.
Matching Board Shorts are cute, girly, and smart. Velcro fly combines with elastic waist and front tie for great fit. Keep your stuff safe in the Velco flap back pockets. Dual side pockets, too. Pockets have grommets for draining. UPF 50+ fabric in a variety of colors and prints. uvskinz.com.
Coordinating Criss-Cross Swim Bra offers the benefits of a bikini top and a sports bra for support and practicality. Wear alone or under a shirt. UPF 50+ and colors like the others, at uvskinz.com.
Coordinating Criss-Cross Swim Bra offers the benefits of a bikini top and a sports bra for support and practicality. Wear alone or under a shirt. UPF 50+ and colors like the others, at uvskinz.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top it off with a matching hat that is even reversible. UPF 50+ at uvskinz.com.
Top it off with a matching hat that is even reversible. UPF 50+ at uvskinz.com.

 

 

 

Hat, reversed. Wear it one way Saturday, the other way Sunday. uvskinz.com.
Hat, reversed. Wear it one way Saturday, the other way Sunday. uvskinz.com.

 

"Miraclesuits" earned the name by making a Shoppinggirl look like she lost 10 lbs. the instant she puts one on. This popular brand puts a lot of thought and clever design into their swimwear. Great for a business event, this Classics Regatta suit has subtle features to flatter your figure, including an underwire bra, torso ruching, and white banding at the neckline to draw attention to your face. It functions like a real swimsuit, but will also look smashing with a cover-up skirt, pants, and even a blazer. miraclesuit.com.
“Miraclesuits” earned the name by making a Shoppinggirl look like she lost 10 lbs. the instant she puts one on. This popular brand puts a lot of thought and clever design into their swimwear. Great for a business event, this
Classics Regatta suit has subtle features to flatter your figure, including an underwire bra, torso ruching, and white banding at the neckline to draw attention to your face. It functions like a real swimsuit, but will also look smashing with a cover-up skirt, pants, and even a blazer. miraclesuit.com.

 

Another nice option for office picnics and pool parties where you want a professional vibe. High neck tankini with UPF 50+ at landsend.com. This item also comes in a long-sleeve rashguard, a strappy tank, and a flirty wrap-front tankini.
Another nice option for office picnics and pool parties where you want a professional vibe. High neck tankini with UPF 50+ at landsend.com. This item also comes in a long-sleeve rashguard, a strappy tank, and a flirty wrap-front tankini.
With adjustable straps, an underwire bra, and UPF 50+ fabric, this cute and practical Square Neck Tankini works for swimming and pretty much everything else. Comes in Deep Sea, Black, and Sierra Bisque (otherwise known as a pink coral). landsend.com.
With adjustable straps, an underwire bra, and UPF 50+ fabric, this cute and practical Square Neck Tankini works for swimming and pretty much everything else. Comes in Deep Sea, Black, and Sierra Bisque (otherwise known as a pink coral). landsend.com.

A swimsuit issue often facing a Shoppinggirl is that of the professional event, such as an office picnic, or pool party at the CEO’s house with clients. You definitely need to give some thought to your choice of a suitable outfit for such occasions. It is important that you embrace the relaxed, casual vibe. But this isn’t the scene for rocking your Mermaid bikini, no matter how cute it is.

 

 

Land's End has a variety of high-waisted bottom styles that feature tummy control, like this Swim Skirt. It's another great travel item that can do triple-duty for swimming, sightseeing, and as a supportive undergarment for your formal-night gown. landsend.com.
Land’s End has a variety of high-waisted bottom styles that feature tummy control, like this Swim Skirt. It’s another great travel item that can do triple-duty for swimming, sightseeing, and as a supportive undergarment for your formal-night gown. landsend.com.

 

 

Skort sensibly includes a mesh pocket and, like all of coolibar's awesome swimwear, features fabric that is saltwater and chlorine resistant and offers UPF 50+ Sun protection. The skort comes in several cute colors. coolibar.com.
Skort sensibly includes a mesh pocket and, like all of coolibar’s awesome swimwear, features fabric that is saltwater and chlorine resistant and offers UPF 50+ Sun protection. The skort comes in several cute colors. coolibar.com.
Flouncy mini swimskirt has attached panties and is available with, or without, tummy control. The fabric offers UPF 50+ Sun protection. Available in several colors, and sizes for just about everyone, at landsend.com.
Flouncy mini swimskirt has attached panties and is available with, or without, tummy control. The fabric offers UPF 50+ Sun protection. Available in several colors, and sizes for just about everyone, at landsend.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Straightforward and popular multi-use swimsuit with UPF 50+ provides incredible protection from the Sun (and stinging sea critters). coolibar.com.
Straightforward and popular multi-use swimsuit with UPF 50+ provides incredible protection from the Sun (and stinging sea critters). coolibar.com.
UPF 50+ capris for swimming, paddle boarding, boating, or what have you. These are available in ankle and short length, in several colors, from coolibar.com.
UPF 50+ capris for swimming, paddle boarding, boating, or what have you. These are available in ankle and short length, in several colors, from coolibar.com.

Modest Shoppinggirls may feel inhibited about enjoying watery fun because of a misconception that all swimsuits are overly revealing. Never fear: Wonderful alternatives are available that will keep this from being a problem. It’s easy to find swim gear that offers complete body coverage online. Select items made from Sun protective fabric, and you’ll be ahead of the curve in keeping your skin beautiful and healthy. Not only that, but you’ll also avoid those pesky stings from our ocean friends, the jellyfish!

ShoppingGirls will love the zippered bicep pocket with an eyelet drain hole on the left arm of this rashguard. They'll also love the relaxed fit, dual-zip raglan design, UPF 50+ Sun protection, easy care, and hip colors. coolibar.com.

Got a boat? Surf much?Hunt for shells in the early morning fog? Dodge hovering seagulls at the food court? Shoppinggirls who live along the coast will definitely want a Rashguard hoodie with a full zip front, a hood, pockets, and UPF 50+ fabric...lots of other Shoppinggirls will see the benefits of this, too! landsend.com.
Got a boat? Surf much?Hunt for shells in the early morning fog? Dodge hovering seagulls at the food court? Shoppinggirls who live along the coast will definitely want a Rashguard hoodie with a full zip front, a hood, pockets, and UPF 50+ fabric…lots of other Shoppinggirls will see the benefits of this, too! landsend.com.

 

ShoppingGirls will love the zippered bicep pocket with an eyelet drain hole on the left arm of this rashguard. They’ll also love the relaxed fit, dual-zip raglan design, UPF 50+ Sun protection, easy care, and hip colors. coolibar.com.

 

Forget Meghan. Dress just like the Queen in a Corgi Beach Party print, with fake shark fins and everything. Modest two piece features a not-too-revealing, but still cool, halter top in flattering Summer colors. Practical for swimming and fun activities like taking your pup to the dog beach, it is anything but dull. thinkgeek.com.
Forget Meghan. Dress just like the Queen in a Corgi Beach Party print, with fake shark fins and everything. Modest two piece features a not-too-revealing, but still cool, halter top in flattering Summer colors. Practical for swimming and fun activities like taking your pup to the dog beach, it is anything but dull. thinkgeek.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't tell me that you don't have anyplace to wear a '70s burnt orange camo satin bikini with versatile crop top. Broaden your horizons. boohoo.com.
Don’t tell me that you don’t have anyplace to wear a ’70s burnt orange camo satin bikini with versatile crop top. Broaden your horizons. boohoo.com.
The Rio de Sol String Bikini Wavy Edges Blue Peacock Print Violina Frufru Fio has a long name for a suit sized for Petite Shoppinggirls, but it is awesome, as are the other suits at brazilianbikinishop.com.
The Rio de Sol String Bikini Wavy Edges Blue Peacock Print Violina Frufru Fio has a long name for a suit sized for Petite Shoppinggirls, but it is awesome, as are the other suits at brazilianbikinishop.com.

Some Shoppinggirls are not shy violets. They’ve worked H-A-R-D to get into shape, and they want to prove it! It is a wonderfully freeing experience to be minimally clad when you’re swimming or enjoying the beach.  The sensual reality is natural, fresh and real, not a warped cultural manipulation that is seedy or uncouth.

 

 

 

Prove to the naysayers how smoking hot a holographic blue two-piece can look on a plus size, pear shaped ShoppingGirl. Top does dual duty as a crop top for concerts. boohoo.com.
Prove to the naysayers how smoking hot a holographic blue two-piece can look on a plus size, pear shaped ShoppingGirl. Top does dual duty as a crop top for concerts. boohoo.com.
Every ShoppingGirl should own a swimsuit in an iconic black cherry print at some point in her life. How about this adorable, adjustable Laguna bikini, with high thigh ties and adjustable cups? This style of bikini is perfect for those who like to tan and customize the fit. chynnadolls.com.
Every ShoppingGirl should own a swimsuit in an iconic black cherry print at some point in her life. How about this adorable, adjustable Laguna bikini, with high thigh ties and adjustable cups? This style of bikini is perfect for those who like to tan and customize the fit. chynnadolls.com.

For those Shoppinggirls, bathing suits of every fabric, color and style can often be found for cheap, since micro suits require minimal fabric and tailoring to produce. These are great suits for fad wear; something you’ll enjoy for just one season. They also pack well. Do the beach like the locals: Stash your bikini in Summery cargo pants that will roll up for wading in the surf. Add sunscreen and lip balm. A comb if you really need it (remember, beach hair is famous as a desirable look). Sunglasses and a foldable hat. Get a chiffony cotton scarf big enough to sit on, roll it up, and tie it on as a belt. Now, you are good to go without the hassle of hauling a beach tote. Oh, and leave your phone at home. Seriously. The beach is for being unleashed. Let Life happen.

ASOS makes apparel in sizes for just about everyone. Petites, check out this sultry Plunge Ruched Front Swimsuit. The super-deep V neckline visually lengthens your figure, and the pretty petal pink color keeps the retro styling looking contemporary. us.asos.com.
ASOS makes apparel in sizes for just about everyone. Petites, check out this sultry Plunge Ruched Front Swimsuit. The super-deep V neckline visually lengthens your figure, and the pretty petal pink color keeps the retro styling looking contemporary. us.asos.com.

 

Appease your nerd partner. Or find a new one at the beach during the San Diego Comic Con. Princess Leia one-piece, because the Force is with Shoppinggirls. thinkgeek.com.
Appease your nerd partner. Or find a new one at the beach during the San Diego Comic Con. Princess Leia one-piece, because the Force is with Shoppinggirls. thinkgeek.com.
It's Binary. It's Circuit Boards. It's flattering. It's practical. It's unlikely anyone else will be wearing a suit this awesome. thinkgeek.com.
It’s Binary. It’s Circuit Boards. It’s flattering. It’s practical. It’s unlikely anyone else will be wearing a suit this awesome. thinkgeek.com.

21st Century Shopping Girls are lucky. Swimsuits are available that are truly practical, as well as fashionable. Sensible features such as sun protective fabric and figure support can be found in many styles and sizes to flatter your figure. Anything goes. Shoppinggirls aren’t subjected to fashion dictates or accessibility problems in finding what they like. No Shoppinggirl wants to buy clothes that don’t suit her awesome individual character.

The elusive bandeau for Tall Shoppinggirls. Miraclesuit's slimming design is enhanced with underwire support in the Midnight Soundwave one-piece. This will look fabulous after your swim with sleek slacks and skirts for lunch, cocktails, or dinner. swimstyle.com.
The elusive bandeau for Tall Shoppinggirls. Miraclesuit’s slimming design is enhanced with underwire support in the Midnight Soundwave one-piece. This will look fabulous after your swim with sleek slacks and skirts for lunch, cocktails, or dinner. swimstyle.com.
This gorgeous one-piece suit, designed for Tall Shoppinggirls, has a contemporary look but features classic style that will cover just about any swimwear need. Longitude Color Block Blue Stained Glass by swimstyle.com.
This gorgeous one-piece suit, designed for Tall Shoppinggirls, has a contemporary look but features classic style that will cover just about any swimwear need. Longitude Color Block Blue Stained Glass by swimstyle.com.
This is doing Practical right. Swim Set reverses to solid color, features UPF 50+, and is resistant to chlorine and saltwater. Pieces in many sizes and colors can be ordered separately for mixing and matching. coolibar.com.
This is doing Practical right. Swim Set reverses to solid color, features UPF 50+, and is resistant to chlorine and saltwater. Pieces in many sizes and colors can be ordered separately for mixing and matching. coolibar.com.

A bathing suit wardrobe that is comfortable, practical, flattering, and meets your lifestyle needs is a wise investment. There is little worse in wardrobe hassles than trying to find a suitable swimsuit for a particular occasion in a hurry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goddess wear. The Tomara Que Caia golden metallic bikini. The sides slide, offering some adjustability. brazilianbikinishop.com.
Goddess wear. The Tomara Que Caia golden metallic bikini. The sides slide, offering some adjustability. brazilianbikinishop.com.

While we are sure that all Shoppinggirls know the wisdom of wearing sunscreen and Sun-protective gear to keep their beautiful skin in the best of health, we do recommend that you consider purchasing swimwear made from Sun protective fabrics. These products generally offer a UPF of 50+ which means, essentially, that they block nearly 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Who wouldn’t want that kind of protection from damaged, wrinkly skin?

It also comes in Silver. You'll probably want both. Rio de Sol Silver Tomara Que Caia Twisted Bandeau Bikini at brazilianbikinishop.com.

It also comes in Silver. You’ll probably want both. Rio de Sol Silver Tomara Que Caia Twisted Bandeau Bikini at brazilianbikinishop.com.

Close-up of Silver Tomara Que Caia. Does this look sort of Star Trek to you? Because it does to me. In a good way. brazilianbikinishop.com.
Close-up of Silver Tomara Que Caia. Does this look sort of Star Trek to you? Because it does to me. In a good way. brazilianbikinishop.com.

What is the difference between the more familiar term, SPF, and UPF?

 

Oh, no wait. This is Star Trek. Options include this two-piece or a one-piece style, in various uniform colors. And, guess what? These are "official" so, it's what Uhura really wears when she's visiting Risa. I don't know about you, but I would follow her fashion lead boldly. Even better, you will live long and prosper with sales like this, only $9.99 right now at thinkgeek.com. Get it for costume or cosplay, if not swimming.
Oh, no wait. This is Star Trek. Options include this two-piece or a one-piece style, in various uniform colors. And, guess what? These are “official” so, it’s what Uhura really wears when she’s visiting Risa. I don’t know about you, but I would follow her fashion lead boldly. Even better, you will live long and prosper with sales like this, only $9.99 right now at thinkgeek.com. Get it for costume or cosplay, if not swimming.

-SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”. It is a rating used for sunscreen products (like the lotions your apply to your skin).

 

-UPF stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor”. It is a rating used for Sun protective fabrics specifically.

 

-SPF only provides UVB protection (unless the product is specifically labelled as a “broad spectrum” sunscreen). The SPF number is a multiplication of the time it takes for you to burn. For example, sunscreen with SPF 15 means that it will keep you from burning 15 times longer than you would burn without it.

 

This flattering Shimmering Cognac bikini reverses to an abstract tropical print. The back features a criss-cross design with a dressy, evening-gown vibe, making this a great option for going from the surf to the turf. The color is also neutral enough to work triple-duty as undergarments. Save space in your weekend getaway tote for some seashells to bring home. nordstrom.com.
This flattering Shimmering Cognac bikini reverses to an abstract tropical print. The back features a criss-cross design with a dressy, evening-gown vibe, making this a great option for going from the surf to the turf. The color is also neutral enough to work triple-duty as undergarments. Save space in your weekend getaway tote for some seashells to bring home. nordstrom.com.
The reversible print side of the Shimmering Cognac Bikini available at nordstrom.com.
The reversible print side of the Shimmering Cognac Bikini available at nordstrom.com.

-UPF fabrics protect from both UVA and UVB rays. The UPF number is a percentage of blockage protection. Most UPF fabrics have a 50+ block rating. To simplify, this means essentially that, out of 50 UVA/UVB ray particles that hit the fabric, over 49 of them will be blocked from reaching your skin; or about 98%. Note that these fabrics are labelled “50+”, so they essentially will block all UVA/UVB rays.

The dressy looking back of the Shimmering Cognac Bikini makes it a versatile choice and, remember, it reverses to a pretty tropical abstract! nordstrom.com.
The dressy looking back of the Shimmering Cognac Bikini makes it a versatile choice and, remember, it reverses to a pretty tropical abstract! nordstrom.com.

 

Keep in mind that Sun protective apparel isn’t limited to swimwear. It is a smart choice for all of your outdoor activities. If you cannot find Sun protective apparel that suits your taste and needs, no problem! There are products that you simply add to your washing machine which will turn your own clothing into Sun protective apparel. Everyone (not just Shoppinggirls, but the Guys out there too) should take advantage of this easy way to help maintain a lifetime of healthy, lovely skin. So, even if your favorite bathing suit didn’t come with Sun protective fabric, you can fix that!

I weep to learn that this appears to no longer be available from murgugumissgo.bigcartel.com.
I weep to learn that this appears to no longer be available from murgugumissgo.bigcartel.com.

 

 

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