Dressing Room Diaries | Swimsuit Edition

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Do you have any fun plans? The weather has been crazy-hot lately, so you’ll probably find me bobbing in the pool with a giant Arnold Palmer and my Kindle (it’s water-resistant and great in bright light!).

I’ve been reading I’m Still Here,’ and am in love with the author. I’ll give a full review in my next book post, along with everything else I’ve read lately. If you haven’t seen my first book review post, you’ll definitely want to check out all the incredible recommendations in the comments, too! See that post HERE.

I also ordered several outdoor games from my Backyard Staycation post (find that HERE), to make our summer weekends at home more fun, so we’re excited to get out and play.

Today I’ve got a fun Dressing Room Diaries for you… and it’s dedicated to swimsuits! Y’all have been asking for new styles, so I ordered a ton, and am reviewing my favorites. I included something for every body type and comfort level, and most are around $30! All are great quality unless I indicate otherwise.

You know the drill with Dressing Room Diaries… it’s real life, real girl, real body… and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model. So let’s get started!

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Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish (or at least I was pre-quarantine!), with a slight pear shape. My usual size is XS/0, but I always size up one in swimwear. I also have a long torso, so usually size up twice in one-pieces.

 

One Piece Swimsuits //

We’ll start with one of my favorites… I love the deep v and flirty ruffle, but the padded bra and tie provide extra support. The full coverage across the bum keeps it from being too sassy, too. I’m obsessed with this aqua color, but it comes in a slew of options. Plus, you have to see the back!!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit with Criss-Cross Back (Sky Blue) | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

And I can’t go any further without talking about this hat…and of course my beloved Budha Bangles! I literally did a happy dance when I found this new hat!!! It’s the absolute perfect shape and looks amazing on! Seriously looks like a $100 hat, but for under $20.

I likely wouldn’t pack it because I wouldn’t want to ruin the shape, so I’ll keep it at home with me. I’m wearing it in every picture below, so you can see the fit and style.

As for the bangle set…you know I’m obsessed, I’ve worn them pretty much non-stop for the last three summers! They add so much style to every outfit, and I especially love them with swimsuits. They’re lightweight and all-weather, so you can wear them in the pool or ocean with no tarnishing.

And just for y’all…save 20% off with code SUGARPLUM20 until June 21! I love all the colors, but are partial to the gold, rose gold and the new champagne. I love mixing colors for more dimension and really piling them on!

This suit is a similar style, but with less of a v-neck for a more modest fit. There’s no shelf-bra, but it is padded and fully-lined. The bum is full coverage and higher in the back. Tons of fun colors on this one, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Flutter Trim One-Piece Swimsuit (Yellow) | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

I was surprised by how much I love this suit… but it’s definitely a keeper for me! My chest is one of my hardest-hit areas for sunspots, so I jump at the chance to keep it covered, while still looking stylish. The black band placed high on the waist creates a longer leg line, and the stripes draw your eye up. It’s open in the back to keep it from being too stuffy, but has full coverage. It’s fully lined with removable pads, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing small


High-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

This one-shoulder cutie has over 2,000 5-star reviews, so it’s no surprise I love it, too. It’s one of those suits I refer to as ‘locked & loaded’… nothing is spilling out of this one! Fully-lined with built-in tummy control and ruching, it creates a slimming silhouette while staying firmly in place. It comes in tons of color and patterns, and would be so cute paired with a pull-on skirt for an easy pool-to-lunch look.

Fit Tip: It runs small, I’m wearing size 6…so size up two from your clothes size, and one from your swim size.


One-Shoulder Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

I was unsure about the unusual neckline of this one when I ordered it, but fell hard as soon as I saw it on. Mr. SP happened to walk in and I was even more surprised by how much he loved it, too! The straps are soft and stretchy, so it fits comfortably around the neck, with mesh cut-outs placed high on the waist for a long and lean line. The bum is full-coverage and it’s lined with built-in cups and shelf support.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Criss-Cross One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

Here’s the same suit in contrasting solid colors… so chic, right?!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Criss-Cross One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

Another awesome ‘locked & loaded’ find… this suit has over 6,000 5-star reviews! It is a super-flattering fit on all body types, and extra comfortable for lounging or being active. The high-neck, shelf-bra, and pads provide great coverage, lift, and support, while the deep-v makes it sassy. The ruched torso accentuates curves, while smoothing over the tummy area. And of course, full-coverage bum!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


High-Neck Swimsuit with Ruching | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

I actually found this suit at Loft, and am pretty impressed with their swimwear! I love the contrasting patterns of this one, creating a longer leg line. The padded top has good support with adjustable straps, and torso has subtle ruching for a smoother fit. The material is soft and sturdy, with full-coverage bum.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Keyhole One- Piece Swimsuit with Ruching | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

They don’t come much preppier than this seersucker-style suit! I’m always a sucker for blue and white stripes, and this one is no different. The top has a full underwire, and the pads are in a built-in cup that create a more rounded shape (rather than a uni-boob). The wide straps are comfortable with a full-coverage bum. This suit is incredible quality that will last for years.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size 4


Striped Underwire One-PieceHat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

Okay… sassy alert on this one! Y’all know I love my plunging v-neck swimsuit from J.Crew, but I’m the first to admit it’s a ‘lounging with your hubs’ suit… since there’s no support or padding, ha! This suit has all the same great sex-appeal, but has built-in pads to give ‘the girls’ an added shape and coverage! The back dips low and it’s rather cheeky, so I’d reserve this one for getaways with Mr. SP!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size 4


Plunging Cheeky One-Piece | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

Okay, our final one-piece… the infinitely-chic Trina Turk bandeau! The pattern is incredibly flattering for creating an hourglass shape, and comes with a detachable strap. The back has a surprising cut-out shape and full coverage bum.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size 4, but it’s a little short for me. I’d size up again if you’re long-torsoed.


Bandeau Graphic One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

Two-Piece Swimsuits //

Funny enough, a few years ago I’d never even consider a high-waisted swim bottom, and now it’s literally my favorite style! There’s something so freeing about having your entire tummy area tucked in! Plus, by raising the waistline, you create a longer leg-line… that’s a win-win in my book!

This two-piece has a fun French flair, with a tie-front top and flutter sleeves in cute stripes. The bottoms are sturdy and slimming with ruching across the front and a modest leg.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size 4 


Tie Front High-Waist Two Piece | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

I discovered Summersalt earlier this year and it’s quickly become one of my faves for incredible fit and quality. This two-piece is so sporty and fun, with a cute color-block and athletic fit. Great for playing, everything stays in place with a padded top and mid-rise full-coverage bottoms. Check out all the great color combos!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size 4


Colorblocked Swim Top | Mid-Rose Swim Bottom | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

I love the style and color of this suit, but the fit was a miss for me. It’s thick and ribbed, so a little different from traditional swim lycra, but great quality. The top is padded and both pieces are fully-lined.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size small, but the top was a little tight and the bottoms a little big. So for the first time in my life, I’d need to size up in the top and down in the bottom, ha!


Bandau Bikini Swim Top | High-Waist Swim Bottoms  | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

Okay, I absolutely love the style of this suit, but it’s not a good fit for curvy and athletic shapes. The textured material has very little stretch, so it cuts across that spot where the bum hits the thigh…not a good look for me! If you’re willowy with fewer curves, it would be darling for you!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Scallop Trim Retro-Style Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

Okay, this one is for my bikini girls! Of course I adore the blue and white stripes, and it has the cutest criss-cross back. The top is padded and lined for a supportive ‘bra-like’ fit, but the bottoms are low! It’s not cheeky on me, but it certainly couldn’t dip any lower, if you know what I’m saying. Regardless, I kept it for family time in our own pool because it’s just so cute!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Striped Bikini | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

Okay, that’s it for new swim finds… let’s chat about the styles I already own and love! You may recognize most because I’ve been wearing them for awhile. Starting with this orange malt-pattern one-piece. It’s one of the most comfortable suits I own, with a flattering v-neck and pattern-mix, and cute criss-cross back.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Tank-Style One-Piece Swimsuit (Orange) | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring

 

Doesn’t this one look so J.Crew? More blue and white stripes (I told you I’m a sucker for them!), with a flirty and feminine ruffle trip, criss-cross back, and full-coverage bum. I love the contrasting stripe to create the look of a ‘belt’, carving out more of a waist and longer legs. I honestly can’t imagine this one not looking great on every body type!

Fit Tip: It runs large, I’m wearing an XS


Ruffle Trim Striped One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring


Ruffle Trim Striped One-Piece Swimsuit | Packable Hat (A-Khaki) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Sunglasses

 

An oldie but goodie for sure… I’ve been wearing this one-piece for years! It’s so soft and stretchy, with the cutest palm print. It’s just sassy enough to be sexy, but still manages to be comfortable. The V is deep, but the cups are padded with a seam to provide some support. The back is a touch cheeky, but nothing inappropriate. I’m crazy about the high ruffle, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Palm Print One-Piece Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring


Swimsuit | Hat | Sunglasses | Hoop Earrings | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)


Swimsuit | Packable Hat (A-Khaki)

 

The first Summersalt suit I found, and fell madly in love with. It’s crazy cute and chic, but also fully ‘locked & loaded’! It has a built-in shelf bra and pads, with full coverage bum, and comes in a bunch of great color blocked options.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 4


One-Shoulder Swimsuit | Hat (A-01 Beige) | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Double-Band Ring


One-Shoulder Swimsuit | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

Another fave around here, y’all always go crazy for this color blocked suit. I love the colors and deep-v, but it is a little cheeky! Do you see a trend with me and suits that visually create a longer leg line?!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small


Colorblock Swimsuit | Packable Hat (A-Khaki) | Sunglasses | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

And finally, one of my favorite swim finds this year… the leopard one-piece! It plunges deep, but the band creates support and pads give you a little coverage. The straps are adjustable too, and the bum is covered.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size 4


Leopard One-Piece | Beach Pants | Sunglasses | Necklace | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20)

 

Beach & Pool Accessories //

Okay, now let’s chat accessories! You won’t catch me with makeup or cute hair at the pool or beach, but I will always have a few chic accessories to make the look more stylish.

This bag and tassel clip are my go-to for holding all the essentials. It’s lined and flexible, and folds flat for packing or storage. SuperGoop is my sunscreen of choice, and I just discovered this Body Blur skin finish… it’s like makeup for your skin, perfect for covering crazy tan lines or adding a little instant color. It will wash off though. If you want a self-tanner, find my tips and products HERE.


Perfect Hat (if you want a packable option, I love this one) | Sunglasses | Bangles (save 20% with code SUGARPLUM20) | Woven Tote | Tassel | Mousse Sunscreen | Body Blur

 

Okay, that’s it for today, I hope you found some new swimwear and enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed creating it! If you missed our last installment of Dressing Room Diaries, check it out HERE! And if you’re looking for Amazon finds, check out my May Fashion Faves HERE. It was the most popular haul to date!

Speaking of Amazon, I finally figured out how to create my own storefront!! You can find my top picks for everything from Home to Fashion HERE.

What’s your favorite from this swimsuit edition of Dressing Room Diaries? What can I help you find for next time? Let me know what you’re shopping for these days, plus any retailers you’d like to see included! And don’t forget code SUGARPLUM20 saves you 20% on my favorite bangle set! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

 

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13 Comments

  1. Sandy wrote:

    Oh, that criss-cross one piece! Just when u thought swimsuits could not get any cuter!

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Right?! So many cute options right now!! xo, C

      Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  2. Stephanie wrote:

    I love that Loft one piece. Have been trying to get. Need a small like you but always only have XS.

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I did find that their swim runs a little bigger than most swimwear, if that helps!

      Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  3. Carrie wrote:

    Hi! I am 5’4″ and about 128 lbs… what size would you order in the aqua criss-cross one piece? So cute!

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      We’re the same size, and I’m wearing a small! xo. C

      Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  4. Leslie wrote:

    I love the 2 piece with the striped top and the black bottom, but I don’t see it when I click the link- only floral options! Do you have another link? Otherwise I’ll just keep on the lookout for it to return!

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  5. Leslie wrote:

    Love the high-waisted 2 piece with the striped top and black bottom but I only see floral options so maybe that style is sold out? I’ll keep checking, but if you have another link, would you share? (PS- sorry if I posted twice!)

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oh shoot! I think my color way is sold out…fingers crossed it comes back!

      Posted 6.13.20 Reply
  6. Julie wrote:

    Am considering buying the all-weather bangles but am unsure of sizing. I have small wrists but I don’t want them to fit too snug. What size do you wear?

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Their sizing is based more on the size of your hand, since they slip on. I wear a small, which is a snug fit going on, but perfect once on!

      Posted 6.13.20 Reply
  7. The Summersalt suit is just adorable! You state that yours has a shelf bra and pads. However, on the Summersalt website, the number one complaint is that the suit does not come with those! I ordered one anyway and sure enough…no support for the girls whatsoever….not even lining to hide nips. Where did you find a Summersalt suit with boob support? Also when I click the link in your post it goes to a Cupshe suit on Amazon????

    Posted 6.14.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Cheryl…I am so sorry for the misinformation!! I was writing that review based on memory (I’ve had the suit awhile), and since it has such good support for me, I assumed it had the bra! It is double-lined and a thick, stretchy lycra!

      Posted 6.16.20 Reply