Have you bought swimsuits for the season yet? I just nabbed Kiddo two -- a Hello Kitty one-piece and a cuter-than-cute two piece with yellow and white stripes, pink trim. As I was ordering them (online, of course, because 2 a.m. is when this mama has time to shop), I noticed a not-so-bad looking yellow and white stripe suit in my size. We could match! How cute could that be!
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Okay, usually matching isn't my thing. Not sure if it was because I was up so late (or early depending on how you look at it), I went on to find some amazingly cute ways to match or coordinate on the beach, at the pool or by the lake this summer. I am sold. Even if the "mini-me" look isn't your thing, I am willing to bet my beach umbrellla these suits -- some of the cutest ever -- will change your mind.
If these pretty-in-polka dots suits don't make you smile, I'm not sure what will. From JCrew, you can pick from navy or this sweet orange color (you will always be able to spot Kiddo on the beach). They're a little retro and a lot cute. The little girl tank goes from size 2 and up for $49.50, and yours is $88.00 (there's also a two-piece option).
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There are a bunch of amazingly hip matching options at Stella Cove: orange koi fish, cool patterns, and this bluebird print. Great for moms with twins or more than one kiddo, they have a variety of styles for mom, girls and boys (kids sizes are for ages 10 months and up) ... that means the whole brood (except for Dad) can match. The one-piece for Mom is $146, the girl's suit is $70, and the boy's swim shorts are $46.
For the ultimate in preppy cute swimwear for Mama and her little bambina, the choices are endless at Lilly Pulitzer. The Foxi One Piece for Mom ($128) and the Ruth swimsuit for the wee gal ($48) have different patterns, though I dig this groovy green floral print. The suits for Kiddo start at 3-6 months and go up to 24 months. Have a house full of girls? No problem. You can allmatch as the same prints come in little girl and big girl sizes and styles too. Alas, poor Dad may feel a little left out again.
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Okay, here's one for the whole family. I mean, seriously, wear these suits, snap a pic and you're done with the photo for the holiday card six months early. Over at Hanna Andersson, the Sun to Sea collection has a suit for everyone: Mama ($58.00 red or lighter blue), the boys ($26 for ages 10 mos and up in coordinating navy or brown), the girls (two-piece option for $24 in the same colors as Mom) and, finally, Dad ($32 to match his boys).
Okay, say matching still isn't your thing, why not coordinate? Look similar, but not quite an exact replica of each other. At Gap, Mama can don this sassy two-piece ($32.50 for the top, $34.50 for the bottom) while her baby girl can complement her with a striped two-piece of her own ($24.95). The set for your kiddo is sized 3-6 months to 24 months and has an SPF 50+ for extra protection.
Again, for those not into the uber-matchy beach garb, over at Old Navy, snatch these pirate-y swim shorts for your little guy ($9.99 for sizes 3-6 months to 24 months) and take your pick with the mix-and-match styles in navy ($15.50 each for the top and bottom). I love how those tankini tops give a bit more coverage for your still-getting-in-shape tummy. The navy color coordinate enough to be hip, yet not total clones.
Do you buy matching swimwear for you and your kids?
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