ted baker jungle print one piece (click image for details)

ann taylor polka dot ruched one piece (click image for details)

la blanca white one piece (click image for details)

zimmermann savannah one piece (click image for details)

splendid striped one piece (click image for details)

i have not purchased a bathing suit in YEARS. seriously…the last time i bought one was about 5 years ago. and it was only because i was going to hawaii and NEEDED one. even though i am a born and raised southern ca girl, i have never liked being in a bathing suit. i’m not really a fan of the beach either. i mean, i like to look at it…but i won’t go in the ocean (except for the sectioned off part that’s almost like a kiddie pool in honolulu). BUT…now that i have a toddler, i like taking him to the beach. so i thought maybe i would get my first one piece bathing suit. um, the vision i had of myself all glamorous in a one piece and floppy hat was shattered as soon as i got in a fitting room. sadly, one pieces do not do me any favors. my husband will be ecstatic. he was not as excited for my new one piece as i was. lol.

28 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    Swimsuit shopping will always be challenge….good luck Jenn!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  2. Penny Pincher Fashion
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 3:55 am

    Aww, I know the feeling! I do have a bikini I wear from time to time, but I also found an amazing neon green La Blanca tankini last year at TJ Maxx that has a retro feel to it and it’s the most flattering one piece I’ve ever tried on! Did you try tankini’s too?

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  3. Crystal
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    Great choices! My Hubby actually thinks a one piece is sexier. Yay me! πŸ˜‰
    xo

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  4. Kenzi
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    oh i am dreading wearing a swim suit this year. I’ve put on a few pounds over the winter and with my body type you see every single one. I’ve considered a one piece but they are not flattering on me at all!

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  5. Katie
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    So what did you decide to get? A two piece? I’m in search of the perfect swim suit too since my kids LOVE the pool….and have had the hardest time!

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  6. Always Maylee
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 6:37 am

    I’ve been searching for a one piece bathing suit and I love that last striped one! Bathing suit shopping is always so tricky!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  7. lisacng
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I’m also needing a new suit. I can’t wear a 2 piece anymore. Too much baby flab. You don’t seem to have that problem!! Lucky! I am in search of a flattering 1 piece. Good luck finding your new bathing suit!

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  8. Brandi
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    These are all great! I’ve been following your blog for about a month now. Would love for you to visit mine and follow back if you would like!

    http://flairbybrandi.blogspot.com

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  9. Helen
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I love the splendid striped one piece. πŸ™‚
    Happy children’s day. xoxo
    http://www.thebeautyandbrains.com

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  10. Amy Shaughnessy
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I love these suits. I am going to need to shop for a one piece I think. I went to Target the other day and tried on bikinis and almost cried. I have two little boys…I bounced back from my first baby with no problem but after the second…not so much. My tummy is so stretched out and I look horrible. It really is discouraging! I wonder how women have multiple children and still are able to wear bikinis without saggy bellies? UGH.

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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    • Katie
      Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      The SAME thing happened to me after my second child πŸ™ So you aren’t alone! πŸ™‚

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  11. Cathy
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    You have an amazing body…I would think you could definitely pull off some version of a bikini. What about a tankini?

    @Cathy_Showan
    http://cstyledesign.blogspot.com

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  12. Fashion By Alicia
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I hate going swimsuit shopping. I have to purchase a new suit this year because the one I have had for years is too big. I would love to be able to do one pieces but my long torso has major issues with them. It is a bikini or tankini for me.

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  13. megan, the frugalista diaries
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I hate the beach too, and it’s sad because we live 5 minutes away, I don’t like sand. But i do love those suits!

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  14. Erin
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    As a mother of 3 I feel your pain! And we live down the road from the beach. Because I go so often I don’t think about it anymore, well maybe the first couple of times each season. I would rather a one piece now chasing after the kids rather than worrying about losing my top or… bottoms. I bought a couple Land’s End one piece on clearance over the winter. They look better on me then my old black & white standby. lol Even my husband liked them and he doesn’t seem to notice anything I wear. This one looks cute! http://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/browse/product.jsp?maxRec=64&pageId=1&productId=570046079&viewAll=true&prd=Ruffled+OneShoulder+OnePiece&subCatId=&color=&fromSearch=&inSeam=&posId=3&catId=cat6029283&cat=Swim&onSale=&colorFamily=&maxPg=1&size=

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  15. Iliyana
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

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  16. The Leather Skirt
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I don’t care how confident she is… any woman that says she enjoys shopping for bathing suits… LIAR!

    BTW… you’re a “hot mom”… go for the 2-piece!

    http://theleatherskirt.blogspot.com/

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  17. samantha
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I love all of those! I might consider buying a one piece now.

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  18. Amy
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    I love the La Blance one, so pretty styled with some bangles and gold accessories! Ugh, bathing suit shopping is the worst!

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  19. Jennifer
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    Love the Zimmermann suit!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  20. Vicky
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    I am also in search of one of those… looks so good!

    The Golden Bun | new post | follow me

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  21. Emily
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    I LOVE these one pieces. They aren’t way flattering on me either, but I have dreams of them looking awesome. I especially like the last three you posted! I am so jealous you are near a beach!!!
    Creamy

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  22. April
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    I had to pick up a new suit this year too…and with the baby, I needed a one-piece. I found this from Target…love it! Covers the tummy and looks super amazing!
    http://www.target.com/p/ASSETS-by-Sara-Blakely-Women-s-1-Piece-Swimsuit-Paisley-Print/-/A-13860363

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  23. northern style exposure
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    beautiful photos! the jungle suit is amazing!

    http://www.northernstyle.blog.com

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  24. Tasia of Ruffles & Sequins
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    So many cute alternatives! I love how one piece bathingsuits are so much stylish than they were 10 years ago. J. Crew has some lovely one pieces too πŸ™‚ Darling little blog you have here.

    β™₯ Tasia
    http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.ca

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  25. Sara
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    I love your blog! You have wonderful taste! Would love it if you would check out mine, and follow πŸ™‚

    http://sincerelysk.blogspot.com/
    SK

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  26. FASHION TALES
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    It’s hard sometimes to find the perfect swimsuit, but when you do it’s always worthwhile. I just bought a couple new ones that will last a long time. Now, to just find more places to wear them. lol. The Ted Baker style is stunning.

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  27. Lauren
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    My favorites are the white and the navy and white stripe. After two kids, I need to break down and buy a nice one piece. I’m still wearing the cheapo maternity-ish target and jcp suits πŸ™‚

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