Things I am not: a Spring Break Person, a Pool Person, a Beach Person, or a Bikini Person. This meant I was a Person With a Bathing Suit Problem for several years. The problem was twofold. First, I never wanted to buy a swimsuit in March, when they first start appearing in stores because, well, it's March...but by the actual summer, everything is super picked over. And second, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on an item of clothing I wouldn't get very much use out of. So basically, every June I found myself at Target, looking for a cute and trendy one-piece swimsuit that cost around $30...and I couldn't figure out why this magical swimsuit was eluding me.
Finally, a couple years ago, I accepted that I probably needed to suck it up and spend a little more to get the swimsuit I'd been looking for. The one that convinced me? The ModCloth Bathing Beauty, which comes in several colors (and prints), and a range of sizes. I'm a sucker for a retro-style one-piece, but what really sold me were the amazing reviews and the photos that reviewers had uploaded of themselves wearing the suit. Seriously, every woman looked fly AF in it.
I finally look the plunge (following the site's advice to size up because it runs small) and dropped the $90 on it, and as soon as I put it on, I knew it was worth the money. It's super comfortable (god, one-piece bathing suits are so underrated!), and I just really love how it looks on me. It was more money than I wanted to spend, but I've had it for almost four years and I'm no longer buying cheap swimsuits I hate every summer, so the cost balanced out. I keep meaning to buy a second one in black or navy because I love it so much. —Rachel W. Miller
Get it from Modcloth for $89 (available in sizes 4–34 and in red, emerald, black, and royal blue velvet).