Bathing Suit Season has Arrived.

The pools are open which means bathing suit season has arrived. We can look at this two ways…UGH we have to put on a bathing suit after a winter of packing on the pounds, or WAHOO,  we finally get to be outside in bathing suits. For a while we thought that summer was never going to arrive. We were still making cold weather outfits for our clients at the beginning of May, so at the time, the thought of putting on bathing suits and sitting at the beach or the pool (unless on vacation) felt like a distant moment. But, friends, bathing suit season has finally arrived, and we’re here to tell ya’ about one of our new fave bathing suit retailer.  Actually, it isn’t new, but it’s really, really good, and you know we love to talk about GOOD. 

Literally, it’s Everything But Water.

Everything But Water is just that. They have everything for the pool and beach. Suits, shoes, hats, cover ups, sun block, bags, they truly are everything minus the water. (They do sell water bottles, though.) Everything But Water has store fronts, so if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has one (Hallie was at the NYC shop recently), hop on in, but if not, hop online it’s just as good. And truth be told, if you’re like us, it might be even better because you get to try on your picks in the privacy of your own home.  

Bathing Suit by Fit.

Bathing suit shopping sucks, but now it doesn’t have to. Listen to this, Everything But Water has a fit guide menu. It works like this… If you have narrow shoulders, click the box, if you have a big booty, click the box, if you have a tummy that needs a little added control, click that box. Click based on your body type, and then wham bam thank you ma’am the perfect fitting suits will pop up. And guess what…IT WORKS!! We tried it, ordered one, and kept it. Give it a try and find your perfect fit. But, in the meantime, check out some of our favorite picks for the summer, suits and all. 

Stylist Tip.

One other piece of bathing suit shopping advice, remember, you get what you pay for. Yes, you may find less expensive suits but often the fabric quality is sub par and the cuts are often for more of a missy customer. As we mature, we need a fabric with proper stretch and substance to flatter, especially in a bathing suit.

One Piece Swimsuits

Are you more of a one piece gal? So is Elana – she likes the simplicity and full coverage they offer…

Elana has this cutie in the cart. The bright colors say summer, and there’s just enough coverage that all your pieces and parts aren’t hanging out all over.

Carolina K's Esmeralda Plunge Bathing suit

This navy and white striped suit would be so cute paired with a pair of white denim shorts and a flip flop. If you want to add a little umph in the bust this is a suit for you.

Lauren't Painterly Stripe Bandeau

Forget a boring black bathing suit. Try this one with the asymmetric shoulder and grommet detail. P.S. If you have narrow shoulders this is great for you!

Bleu Rod Beattie's Hole in One

For those who don’t want to commit to a two piece but still want the sexy factor.

OYE Swimwear Lucette Bathing Suit

More one piece suits – just scroll and click:

Two piece Swimsuits

Hallie is more of a two piece girl – honestly, it’s a going to the bathroom thing. Having to take an entire suit off every time nature calls is just too much of a pain in the you kow what.


This top is reversible, and so is this bottom. That’s a two for one.

L*Space Domino Stripe

Hallie has this retro looking two piece in her cart. Bottom sold separately. She also has been wearing the bejeebers out of this top and this high waist bottom in navy – it hides lots of not so pretty tummy scars, but you still feel like you’re wearing a “bikini”.


Adriana Degreas's Bahiana

Mara Hoffman knows her swimwear and this two piece helps prove that. Try it with the bottom, or try the one piece if you’d rather.

Mara Hoffman Siena Wrap Bra Top Swim Suit


For the D+ girls. This slimming tankini top can be paired with just about any bottom. The adjustable straps and hidden support bra give the girls all the right support and lift.


Sunset's Gridlock Black Underwire Tankini Bathing Suit Top

More two piece suits – Just Scroll and Click.

Bathing Suit Cover Ups

The cinched waist gives this cover up great shape.

Vitamin A's Baja Border Cover Up This is the cover up Hallie has on in the top photo – it’s easy breezy and the back tie has cute tassels too.

Maxi Dress by: EVERYTHING BUT Water

This is Hallie’s other favorite cover up – it’s just flowy enough and covers your rear when you sit down to lunch (a must)

Pool to Party Maxi Tassel Dress

If you like your legs, this cover up is for you. It also comes in white.BLEU ROD BEATTIE tunic


More cover ups – Just Scroll and Click:

The Everything But Water Shoes


Hallie says these little espadrilles are awesome and waterproof to boot! What could be better for the pool and then a trip to the market? They can even count as one of the three pairs you pack for a trip.


Sea Star Beachwear

More shoes and sandals – just scroll and click:

Don’t Forget About Hats and Bags


We all need a great hat to keep our faces looking young and a bag to throw everybody junk in. #momlife

Hats we love – scroll and click:


Bags we love – scroll and click:


So there ya’ have it. Our new fave bathing suit shopping destination. Tell the Perfect Fit Finder exactly what you’re looking for and voila, the perfect suit. Happy sun-shining, swimming, and most importantly relaxing summer.






Photo: Excuse the bathroom selfie. My travel companion son REFUSED to take a photo of me – “mom, don’t be so weird”. So, I had to take matters into my own hands. Cover up // Hat // Bathing suit top // Bathing suit bottom // Shoes

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