Often one of the biggest discrepancies between men’s and women’s closets tends to be the number of shoes they own. But since Marc has actually purchased quite a few new pairs of footwear since we met, that isn’t the biggest indicator of our differing fashion priorities.
No, for us that would be swimwear.
As we packed for our seven-day trip to the Maldives I watched as he stuffed two (that’s 2) pairs of swim trunks in his suitcase. Meanwhile, I had pulled my swimwear box (yes, a box, and it’s overflowing) down from the closet shelf and was trying to decide if bringing eight swimsuits would be enough.
And you know what, it ended up being the perfect amount! Of course, I’m a bit on the obsessive side, but that’s not the point. The point is that I made the most of every second we had in the sun with a variety of swimwear options. Because it’s always about FASHUN.
J. Crew has always been my go-to place for swimsuits. Especially the sale section. I am not one of those people who is interested in paying three figures for something that’s main purpose is to get wet. Because if I’m going to wear a swimsuit, I also need to be able to use it. It just doesn’t make sense to me otherwise. But the J. Crew prices, especially the sale prices, are very easy to stomach.
For this trip I also discovered the amazingness that is the & Other Stories swim section. They have some very cute and trendy styles and nothing over $80. I had no problem paying full price for these. It was here that I also snagged the widest brimmed straw hat ever, of which Marc made fun, but which helped greatly in shielding my face and shoulders from the strong Maldivian sun.
My other favorite hat this trip was a new purchase from Lack of Color. As good hats do, their prices aren’t extreme, but they do require a bit of an investment. I wore this straw hat on repeat during the trip and thus had no regrets about the over-$100 price tag.
Speaking of pricey hats, my Janessa Leone Marcel packable straw hat also made this trip and also was worn multiple times. I finally caved and bought this fedora a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. It’s a classic style and is made to be folded and scrunched up in a bag while still keeping its shape, so it’s practical as well. It’s already been on a handful of trips with me and in cost per wear has been completely worth it.
When it comes to swimwear, I used to strictly be a bikini girl. But over the past year I’ve begun to embrace the one-piece look. There are so many fun options out there, and two of my favorite suits from this trip were one-pieces (this one and this one).
The other swimwear MVP of this trip was this amazing pair of white linen pants. It’s the first time I decided to go with pants as a cover-up option and I’m so glad I did! The linen made them totally lightweight and breathable, and the overall look just screamed “I’m carefree and on a beach, people!”. And for you tall ladies, they were actually long enough for my 5’11 body. Though in my effort to find a pair that was long enough I also found some great options here and here that were much shorter and easier to wear for those of you who aren’t in need of the extra length.
All in all, it was the most amazing trip! Though an eight-swimsuit trip usually is. Seriously, Marc doesn’t understand all the possibilities he’s missing with such minimal packing.
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