Have you been searching for the perfect swimsuit to last you season after season? Do this years styles not suit you? Learn how to find a custom swimsuit for a fraction of the price!
I don’t know about you, but I hate shopping for swimsuits. When I find one that I love, I wish that it will last for forever! Inevitably though, they wear out eventually. Or worse, they don’t fit the next season!
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The thing that makes my swimsuit shopping so frustrating is that I have pretty specific criteria for my suits. My criteria is that my suits must be:
- modest, but not a one-piece
- a tankini that is long enough in the torso
- no too lowcut in the front or back
- I prefer shorts for the swimsuit bottoms
That should be SO easy to find, right? NOT!
I know I could just have a swimsuit custom made, but knowing me, I would change my mind on the style after spending all that money, or not fit it the next season. Plus, custom swimsuits generally start around $50 for each piece! Over the last few years I have “invented” my own swim suit that has held up and worked amazingly well for me, but at a fraction of the cost that I would pay to get a custom suit made.
Great Tankini Tops Available
I really like both these tankini tops that are available at Target this season. They meet all my criteria, and even have a little bit of design to cover those extra curves from my last baby.
Because I really like to be thrifty with something that I don’t wear super regularly, at just over $20 for the top, I would definitely be purchasing these on sale. Swimsuit sales don’t run very often and are usually a buy one get one 50% off, and I don’t really need more than one swim suit.
Build it Yourself Custom Swim Suit Top
Here is an example of the same type of look, but instead of purchasing a swim suit top, you purchase an athletic top.
Just like a swim suit, this athletic top has a built in bra and the same moisture wicking fabric as a swim suit. What I like better about an athletic top is that they are generally not so low cut in the front, and tend to be a little longer in the waist. Having a higher cut suit is a must with me toting kids to and from the pool. Since I have a long torso, added length is extremely hard for me to come by in a swim suit.
This particular top is the same price as the swimsuit tops featured above. The difference though, is that athletic tops are always in style. They go on sale in January for all those with fitness New Year’s Resolutions, and again in May when the weather warms up. If you find yourself without a swimsuit in the off season, the athletic top is where it’s at. Plus, wearing an sports tank to the gym is going to be way more normal than wearing a tankini to work out. Two for one! The best bang for your buck is definitely in the athletic wear.
As a side note, I do like a little extra padding in my tops. I have just used the padded inserts from old sports bras or swimsuits because they are still perfectly fine. If you don’t have any available, these would work great!
Great Swimsuit Bottoms Available
Here are some great examples of the types of bottoms like I like to wear. I like full coverage and not having to worry about checking my cheeks while I have my hands full with little kiddos. I personally like both the fitted shorts, and ones that are a bit looser, just to mix things up.
Again, these each run around $20.
Build it Yourself Custom Swim Suit Bottoms
So, if we go over to the athletic section again, here’s what we will find.
In the athletic department, we can get the same looks, but for around $5 less. This may be a small savings, but every little bit counts! I find the fabric to be more durable in the fitted athletic shorts than in the swim bottoms. They dry just as fast, but the longevity of the fabric is significantly different. The running shorts have a built in panty just like the swim suit would, so you have the same amount of coverage there.
Again, I would feel more comfortable working out in the athletic clothes than a swim suit, because the fabric quality is going to be more durable in the athletic wear.
Total cost for an athletic wear custom swim suit here would run around $50, which is the price you would pay for just the top of a custom swimsuit!
Why Build Your Own Swimsuit
Aside from all the reasons listed above, you should be able to find something that you feel comfortable and confident in. For me, comfort is key. When I am at the pool I want to focus on keeping my kids safe and having fun with them. The last thing I want to do is worry about my swim suit.
Even if you don’t have kids, by building your own swim suit in the athletic department, you are doubling your options and increasing the odds of finding a suit you love rather than settling!
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