At the end of the month I will be going on a trip to a villa by the ocean, and despite the fact that I don't care for swimming, I need a swimsuit. I was feeling a little bit stressed about this because I had my heart set on a swimsuit from Minnow Bathers -- but it would be beyond my means at the moment, especially since I would only wear it two or three times.
One of my new rules for clothing is that instead of making a hasty purchase, I will always try to make an item myself. I found the Cindy pattern from Burda Style: this suit is utterly adorable, and I don't think it would be too difficult to make. I made some half-hearted attempts at finding swimsuit material, but didn't find much that I liked.
Another one of my rules, however, is to always try to find something secondhand. I had been a bit squeamish about buying a swimsuit at a thrift store, but it wasn't so scary. I found the Jantzen maillot above and fell in love with it after I had tried it on; I know it doesn't look like much on the hanger, but it's cute! I wasn't sure about the print, but the colours look pretty sensational on me (har har). Also, it is quite a flattering cut! I love the extra coverage provided by the ruffle, which dips down in the back like a little tail.
It isn't the most modern-looking suit and I will probably look ridiculous next to the typically tiny neon bikinis favoured by the resort crowd, but I am so happy with it. I soaked it in the tub with the hottest water I could get out of the tap and a tiny bit of bleach. $7! So much happiness for $7.
(I just spent some time reading the Jantzen swimsuit timeline -- pretty fascinating, I think.)