It’s summer time. It’s hot. It’s muggy. If you live in Missouri like we do, you know it can be both a blessing and a curse. Swimsuit shopping is inevitable, yet often a less than pleasant experience. We want to change that.
Here at Gritty Luxe our mission is to make every single babe feel beautiful in their skin. We are all about body positivity. That means finding the suit that suits you. The first of our two-part swim shoot will focus on the babes we love in the suits we love them in. Some are vintage pieces we’ve been hoarding for years and some are store-bought suits these ladies swear by.
We are DYING over how amazing this vintage blue one-piece looks on our girl, Ashton.
You’ll remember her from a few of our previous blog posts (what can we say, she’s a babe) and we knew when we pulled this suit out of the costume closet that it was meant to be worn by her. That skirt! That pattern! We know it’s a little taboo but we LOVE thrifting for suits. Just give it a thorough wash and go with it!
Love vintage but having a hard time finding the perfect fit? A lot of stores are getting on board with vintage trends and offering high waist options for those who want more coverage. We particularly love styles offered by Modcloth and Pinup Girl Clothing.
Of course, swim suits mean you’ll be baring the booty.
We know how important it is to find the perfect fit when you’re pairing separates. Our girl Jess made her own damn suit by cutting a one piece that didn’t suit her fancy and adding an underwire swim top from Target. We are OBSESSED with the empire waist. It’s flattering and shows just the right amount of skin.
Paired with those rock-star heels? Abso-freakin-lutely. Lounging by the pool means you get to wear shoes. And girl, do we love shoes.
Check out the booty on this babe! Forgive us, but dang. Those glitter bottoms. We’re dead. We may or may not have picked up this top from a Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale and the bottoms have definitely seen a stage or two. Put them together and what have you got? Bippity boppity booty.
Wondering how to cover up by the pool? Enter, the fashion kimono.
What better accessory than a sheer cover-up that’s not too hot and keeps you just covered enough? We love floral and tribal prints for these and we especially love that when you throw a kimono over a swimsuit you’re technically allowed to walk into the liquor store to refresh on margarita ingredients.
We love Monica in this teal and floral fringed kimono and we adore her showing off her strong, sexy back. Shop locally at one of our favorite downtown boutiques, Envy, for a kimono to pair with your favorite new suit.
This girl is a wonder. She’s fit and fierce and rocking this tiny bikini and braided pompadour like no other. Note the purple necklace, it’s a hand-me-down piece from Becca’s great aunt Lois Ann!
Pinup Queen! Jess Barr is our idol and we’re not afraid to say it. Just look at her in this red one-piece with peep-toe heels and a polka dot scarf! One-piece suits are back, babes. Finding the perfect suit doesn’t always mean ordering online and waiting for a few weeks to see if it fits. Sometimes the perfect suit is waiting for you right under your nose, or at Wal-Mart. Hey, if it fits, it fits. Some of our faves over the past few years have come from stores like Target and TJ Maxx. No shame in that shopping game.
Be sure to check in with us for our Swim Season Part II where we showcase some handmade swimsuits by our girl Alli who you’ll remember from one of our very first blog posts. She’s got an eye for fashion and we can’t wait to talk about the suits she’s created this season!
Where do you find your swimwear? Let us know! Be sure to tag us and share where you’re shopping for suits this summer!