Monday, April 23, 2018

Question for the Community: Where Will You Get Bathing Suits in 2018?

Mother, Bahamas - Photos by Salt Water New England
 Reader Question for the Community:
I would like to ask where people get their bathing suits, both for men and for women.   I know it can be a dreaded topic.  Just trying them on is a near-death experience!  I have looked around a bit but there doesn't seem to be an obvious answer.   We are not looking for anything overly specific, just for general wear.   And not too tiny!





Great Grandmother, Connecticut Shore, circa 1912










38 comments:

  1. Personally, I feel the current fashion for displaying the maximum amount of uncovered anatomy is an undiscovered bit of tyranny. Like sausage-casing synthetic tights, which originally showcased post-pubescent Olympians but enhance almost no one else, bikinis etc. belong to nubile youth and beauty. I wish them well and hope they don't work themselves into the anorexic or orthopedic wards for the pleasure! I look back fondly to the days I rocked one at age 15-18!

    For all practical purposes NOW (sailing, clam digging, the occasional breast-stroke expedition to scrape barnacles from the waterline) a pair of basketball shorts and an oversize, vintage Grateful Dead T-shirt will suffice. ;-)

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  2. I would buy the one your great-grandmother is wearing. Seriously!

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  3. Talbots has some super cute swimsuits this year.

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  4. For women, Esther Williams--classic, flattering designs. For men, anything simple will do.

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  5. I recommend swimoutlet.com. I've been ordering swimwear from the site for several years. The suits wear well (many different styles to choose from) and the prices are very affordable.

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  6. I have found that Southern Tide makes a really good swim suit for men. Either basic colors (solid red is a classic) or some fun but tasteful patterns. They hold up to multiple washes as well.

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  7. Patagonia - they offer a number of selections that allow one to select the degree of coverage one wants.

    The photo of the swimming dog brings a big smile to my face!

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    1. Ditto for both
      Patagonia baggies

      and love the dog swimming. My Welsh Terrier tends to forget to paddle and thus sinks. She is often easily distracted.

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  8. Hoping to avoid skin cancer, I need more coverage than a basic suit for women. If you search for modest swimwear, you will find lots of options to protect your skin. I already use a long sleeved rash guard, but I want to buy women’s board shorts this year. And possibly another hat.

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    1. I bought a long sleeved one piece with lower cut legs, a collar to protect your neck, and SPF50 fabric coverage from a korean swimsuit maker this year specifically for snorkling during our vacation in Hawaii this month. It's not even frumpy because it's designed for stylish young women who want to avoid burning - the fabric choice and cut really helps this along!

      While looking for that I discovered that many countries have different standards for swimsuits and if you are willing to spend to get things shipped you can get all sorts of levels of coverage under the guise of modesty or sun protection - Amazon is a decent place to start!

      - ER

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  9. I need a tall/long plus size, which is hard to come by. Lands End has a good selection and very modest pieces.

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  10. I hate nylon next to my skin so I buy seersucker swim shorts (minimum 70% cotton) from Polo Ralph Lauren in the sales. I have several colours (stripes) for vacations. Sadly, the only only choice this year is blue. It's now impossible to buy classic fit t-shirts to wear by the pool.

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  11. Birdwell Beach Britches never go out of style and never wear out.

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  12. Non-pornographic swimsuits for women are as rare as hen's teeth.

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  13. Talbots and Land's End are the most modest (and supportive) options I have found. My mother was buying my suits at Talbots when I was 12 years old and 28 years later, they still deliver a functional product. Even Lilly Pulitzer (evidently my memory of which is more classic and appropriate than it actually is) has some shockingly immodest swimsuits these days.

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  14. the women in your family are stunning Muffy. this is a great post.
    i had even begun to think of 'designing my own rigging' so to speak.
    like men's knee length swim shorts in a beautiful colorful pattern... with a woman's black top of some kind... both good for water wear but still comfortable and non-scary for the public for me! lol

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  15. Vilebrequin, since forever. Expensive, but fun with quality.

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  16. I second (or third, or fourth) Lands' End. I get separates and mix & match all summer. In the past few years, they've added coordinating rash guards for too much sun or cooler temps on the water. Thankfully the colors have stayed consistent over the years, so my 8-10 year old pieces match my 2 year old pieces.

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  17. Eres tank one piece. Feels like you are skinny dipping.

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  18. My last two came from Lands End and a generic (but well reviewed) option on Amazon.

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  19. J Crew brought back their fantastic 1989 scoopback suit--a classic piece that is still as great as it was back then!

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  20. Lands End!!! The selection can't be beat and they offer the ability to mix and match. Plus, there are many great long sleeve rash guard options.

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  21. I have had great success at Tommy Bahama - the last suit I got from them is over 3 years old and still looks almost new, and I just got another one for this summer. Lots of patterns and styles, plenty of one-pieces, rash guards, and various cover ups for those who don't want to go the tiny bikini route. I generally order online and get multiple sizes since they offer free shipping, and then I can try on at home and easily return what didn't work (either by mail or in my case at the store in my city).

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  22. For men I shopped Brooks Brothers.

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  23. what about where to buy underwear for both men and women ?

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  24. Vermont Country Store has civil offerings for adult women.
    They also have rose creams, which are devilishly hard to find.

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  25. Lands End - mix n' match accommodates proportions; variety of styles modest to youthful.

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  26. Vineyard Vines. Got a couple of good looking swim suits from them a few years ago. I do not swim much, so they are still in mint condition.

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  27. "I'm a working-class person, working with class" - Karl Lagerfeld

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  28. You may pay for school, but you can't buy class.

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  29. "There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else"
    Andrew Carnegie

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  30. I think the last three Anons are the same person and he/she is lost.
    I agree about the Eres suits. They make goddesses out of mere mortals.

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  31. What class of swim suits are we discussing :)

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  32. Oh no, it's that time again... I spend at least a month finding ways of dodging this issue, then dig out last year's old beater and hope there's some stretch left in it!

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  33. Patagonia Baggies. I have a long pair and a short pair, short for swimming and hot springs, long for kayaking and other water related activities. I love them and won't ever go back to anything else.

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