I never would’ve guessed I would be modeling swimwear in my 30’s but here we are!
I was working on an article about the benefits of coconut water when I came up with the idea of a beach photo. I wasn’t too excited about wearing a bikini on film but I used this discomfort to motivate myself at the gym.
Then shopping day came. I tried on 50 bathing suits but none seemed to flatter my shape. Being petite and having a naturally high waist can be a difficult combo to flatter. When I came across Montce and their cheeky, modern designs I rushed to their store in Fort Lauderdale to try them on. I fell in love with their high-waisted sets that fit me so perfectly, flattered my waist, made me look taller and the smooth material was comfortable. Score! Since then I have purchase several more.
What keeps bringing me back is the unique designs. I have linked some their new styles that are truly distinctive compared to the rest of the swim industry. Montce was the first designer to carry high-waisted and high hip items. They have a large selection of custom fabrics and prints that you can’t find elsewhere.
Here are my tips: If you have a store near you check out the sale bins. The majority of the difference between the sale pieces and the new pieces is the color and fabrics. A lot of the sale pieces are just as beautiful.
All the tops come without padding. For a few dollars more you can add a thin pad. I like to add the padding for structure. and I feel like everything is more secure
The suits run small, sizing up is usually a good idea.
They have a variety of butt coverage styles. If you’re ordering online make sure you study the coverage chart before selecting. Their version of Brazilian bottom might be different than yours.
Here are some of my favorites from their newest collection with links!
Pampas Ruffle One Piece– Available on Intermix.com If you sign up for their emails you can get 15% off your order. It comes in petite!
I have four jobs! Yes you read that correctly four. Being able to quickly transition between different offices, meetings and social events can be difficult to navigate. Not to mention I am not a morning person and like to throw on my clothes and run out the door, there is not time for debating tops! Since I wear a lab coat at two of my jobs I also need light weight, comfortable pieces that allow my skin to breathe, that doesn’t cut my circulation off when I sit at my desk and shoes that won’t hurt my feet after I walk 17k steps a day.
Here is my list of go to pieces!
Knee length skirts. They’re comfortable, light and appropriate. I prefer them high-waisted to create a long lean look. I’m petite and don’t want to look any shorter than I already am! Click on this link for my favorite skirt, it’s from Express
Favorite top: The slim-fit sleeveless portofino shirt from express. I have this shirt in 8 colors! It is the perfect length (covers the booty), it’s light weight and breathable and it comes in so many colors and patterns that you can find one to match anything!
Athelta Herringbone Mercer Tight (THEY’RE ON SALE!!) These pants are amazing! They look like work pants, they’re a heavier material with a very work appropriate herringbone pattern. Here’s the trick, they feel like yoga pants!!!! They stretch, they bend, don’t believe me order a pair! I have recommended these pants to many people and I have never heard a complaint. When you visit the Athleta website make sure you zoom in on the pattern so you can see what they really look like. The photo show is a little deceiving. In person they truly look just like tailored work pants. They come in Navy and Grey. I wear them both with my Black portofino shirt.
Do you want to look trendy and still be comfortable? This next shirt is for you! The Leopard Print Camp Shirt from Ann Taylor. This is what I love about Ann Taylor, they carry every size! Plus to petite. We all know animal prints are hot right now but it’s hard to find a print that’s really pretty. Sometimes the colors are too warm, too gold, too muted. This shirt is a perfect print. And they have 40% off sales all the time, so you can definitely score a deal!
Here’s my last staple: Full Length Align Pants from Lululemon. So you’re thinking I can’t wear workout pants to work. Well think again! These babies are matte. I buy them in black and they look just like any other legging pants. When paired with the shirts above, your booty is covered and no one can tell the difference. I wear them with my Toms flats and frolic comfortably around my office. These are a godsend on bloated days. They’re also high-waisted and give you support all day.
I’ve always loved flowers. At a young age my grandmother taught me how to plant them and I would watch them grow every Spring. Cherry blossoms, iris’s, tulips and peonies were always my favorite. When I saw this dress with the Wisteria blooms I couldn’t resist!
I think trend will always have a home in my closet.