Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mix and Match

A few years back, my good friend Paige got me into surfing. Dressing for surfing would appear to be very similar to dressing for the beach— you just grab your favorite bikini and go. However, when you're planning to get pummeled by waves, it's not so simple. I quickly found out that bathing suits that looked perfect on my beach blanket weren't exactly made for paddling out.

Whether it was boyshorts that were too loose to withstand a crashing wave (Hello, Coppertone Girl!), or straps with uncomfortable wooden beads, a lot of my suits just didn't work when it came to surfing.

So instead of buying all new surf-friendly beach gear, I started mixing and matching my bathing suit pieces.

(top: DKNY, bottoms: Calvin Klein)

(bottoms: DKNY, top: Target)

Once you start putting different tops and bottoms together, you'll wonder why you never did it before.

I bought an adorable Ripcurl swimsuit on clearance a few years ago. It was in my size, so I bought it without trying it on. When I put it on at home, the bottoms made my butt look like Bar Refaeli's . . . and the bandeau top totally cut off my circulation! Instead of putting the entire suit in the back of my drawer, I gave the top of the bikini to my petite friend and started wearing the butt-perfecting bottoms with a black bikini top. To this day, that mismatched set is one of my favorite things to wear to the beach.

(top: DKNY, bottom: Ripcurl)

(bottoms: Calvin Klein, top: Leilani)
(bottoms: Hurley, top: Calvin Klein)
(top and bottom: both DKNY)

P.S. It was so windy outside today that 90% of my photos looked like this . . .

(All mix and match photos © Littlehouse of Style)


Sarah said...

Not only does it make wearing your swimsuits more exciting, but it is economicaly savvy :) The striped Ripcurl bottom is super cute. Great post for this rainy week we're having!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! Missed your posts.
Clever combinations with the pieces.

Catherine said...

Thanks! It's been a busy Summer, and I haven't had the chance to blog as much as I would like. I usually post little things on my Facebook page though, if you're feeling Littlehouse of Style deprived. : )

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I adore your swimsuit combinations - so insightful and exciting, too;-)

Nedda Ebo said...

that's pretty brave! people don't usually mix and match bathing suits, and I quote honestly haven't thought of it before myself...unless it's, oh I dunno, black bottom and a bright coloured top, y'know? but I like this idea. very cute :)

Mustart x

Fashionistable said...

Thank you for your lovely comment both on the blog and Vogue. I really appreciate them both. Hope you had a good meeting with Frank Xxxx

Roz said...

Although I've never surfed, I've been bodie-boarding before (kind of the same, except you lie on the board.)
However, this being Britain, the only thing to wear for that is a wetsuit! However, I like the 'mix and matched' pieces you've put together here, and nice photography style with the pegs!
Thankyou for your lovely comment.