Sink or Swim

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I have never had a bombshell figure by any means, but I was certainly thin in my 20’s and am more along the lines of “average” in my 30’s. I actually used to like bikini shopping. After having two children and realizing 40 is approaching faster than I’d care to admit… those bikini-loving days are long gone. One of my “resolutions” was to get into a two-piece this summer…. Ummm…yeah, about that… I guess I still have some time left to make that happen, but I hate to admit, I believe I’ve GAINED weight since the New Year! The metabolism I once took advantage of is history.

So, even though I won’t be shopping for swimsuits anytime soon…like, for nearly three more months!…I decided to put a little post together for the women out there who may be in my boat. These are some of my fave ONE-PIECE swimsuits for the woman who still wants to look affordably chic while juggling children…or even without juggling children! All are under $50!

I found 6PM.COM had a ton of affordable one pieces. (I love this site for discounted designer shoes as well!) Here are a few, but check out their site to see other options. It’s very search friendly!

I love this Tommy Bahama one for the colors and pattern. It also comes with a detachable halter strap, which is always ideal for a little extra support and to prevent fears of a swimsuit malfunction!

Tommy Bahama - $37
Tommy Bahama – $37

I love the back detail of this Rachel Pally suit! If you’re going to wear a one-piece, at least make sure it has some kind of visual interest, right?!

Rachel Pally - $45
Rachel Pally – $45


Rachel Pally - $45
Rachel Pally – $45

This Guess suit is not typically my style, but I love how it gives a woman a little peek-a-boo action when she doesn’t want to show off her entire stomach!

Guess - $46
Guess – $46

U.S. Polo Association is really making a splash with this suit! Love the black and white with the keyhole detail! Simple yet sassy!

U.S. Polo Assn. - $25
U.S. Polo Assn. – $25

This O’Neill suit is a great basic! This one has a lower back, but it has a bikini-style fastener, which adds to the sex appeal yet still offers that tighter support around the bustline.

O'Neill - $45
O’Neill – $45

I love, love, love the print of this Bikini Lab suit! And the price?! Yes!

Bikini Lab - $25
Bikini Lab – $25


This Body Glove mono-kini is a little less scary than others I’ve seen. It’s still relatively modest, yet definitely sexy.

Body Glove - $27
Body Glove – $27

This Splendid suit is a great halter in a beautiful color with cute keyhole detail!

Splendid - $30
Splendid – $30

Victoria’s Secret offered this cute option, which would be ideal for me! It’s the look of a mono-kini, yet keeps all of the problem areas of my belly covered up!

Victoria's Secret - $49
Victoria’s Secret – $49

I also did a little Google searching and came across one really unique and affordable suit on a site I’d never heard of: I love the front detailing on this! I can’t attest to the quality as I’ve never shopped here, but it’s certainly worth a look!


front panel detail - $48
front panel detail – $48


Almost all of my current one-piece suits are actually from Old Navy. So I knew I’d find some affordable options there. Plus, there’s almost always some kind of online discount available! (prices included in pic caption)

And, of course…any fashionista on a budget probably already has Target on her radar! Here are a few from Tar-jay 😉 Some really great patterns available! (prices included in pic caption)

Now, there’s no excuse to not test the waters this summer… no matter how “not” bikini-ready you are! I’ve come to fully embrace the one-piece and even if I get back to my bikini-bod shape, I won’t hesitate to slip into a one-piece for more coverage! Don’t forget the sunscreen!


Thanks for reading!



6 thoughts on “Sink or Swim

    Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) said:
    May 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    back in the day I used to hate these, now… LOVE them. guess it’s my age kicking in lol, but truth is one piece swimsuits have made a massive comeback and they do look amazing! Great post and tips xoxo


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      May 21, 2014 at 5:15 am

      thanks, girl! even when i was thinner I did kind of like the monokini…but now i’ve definitely come to appreciate the one-piece. But I still love a cute bikini! hopefully i’ll get back in one this summer!


    essentjewels said:
    May 7, 2014 at 6:33 am

    First of all you are smokin hot! Love your legs you are gorg! Get out of here woman!! Anyway great post and I love the key hole splendid one!


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      May 7, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Well, thank you! but I’m not in denial about my real problem areas (after two kids…that would be my mid-section!) I’ll continue to do society a favor and keep it covered for now! 😉 xoxo!


    Budding Fashionista responded:
    May 7, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I’ll have to check out poprageous! but your body is rockin’! When i was content with my physique, I loved the monokinis with cutouts. But now, it’s a different ball game! haha! I say, go one-piece when you really have to! suck all of the life out of bikinis while you can!! haha Thanks for reading, girl!


    Baby T Fashion Diaries said:
    May 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Onesies can be so cute!! I plan to get myself one in the future. I saw some really cute graphic ones on instagram @poprageous …these suits could be even worn as a top . Love that!

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