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No one likes bathing suit shopping. Let’s be honest. It’s brutal. I love spending my weekend mornings with my family at our community pool, so need a suit that’s going to look good but also deal with splashing, jumping, you name it. Last year I was frantic for a new suit; everything was stretched, ill fitting or a bikini — perfect for lounging by the water in Puerto Rico on vacation, not tossing my girl in the air and hanging with my neighbor.

Since one-pieces rarely work for my body, tankinis have become my summer best friend. Last year, I discovered this {magical} wall at Target with mix-and-match suits. No crazy patterns… just solids, stripes and maybe some dots. I purchased the navy and white stripe top you see here (I also have the matching bottoms) and have proceeded to wear it to death. Can you tell? I swear they’ve been worn minimum 30 times in chlorine and the salt water, and subsequently washed and dried. It looks and feels new. I get compliments, and also feel good wearing it. This year, I added the mint to my collection; these bottoms and the solid top, which comes with a removable strap.

While I’m admittedly really anxious about putting myself out there in a bathing suit — I’m just a real girl with her own insecurities — I’ve also learned that this is my body, who I am, and I can either enjoy my time at the pool or I can hide while at the pool, and here. More important to make me happy, and this bathing suit goes a lot way.

IMG_8285PS: also love these tankini tops because I’ve put this on with my cut-off shorts seen below, walked into our favorite bagel shop, Brooklyn Water Bagel, (it’s become a weekend ritual) and feel appropriately covered up. Love how it gently skims away from my belly.

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bathing suit top: target  (similar; great colors!) // bottoms: ℅ target // shorts: joe’s jeans (similar) // denim tank: ℅ target // sandals: tory burch (look for less; another option) // bag: homegoods (found in laundry section; perfect for all my family’s towels!) // necklace: jordann jewelry // sunglasses: kate spade

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