I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods but here in Sunny So. Cal we are climbing up to the 80's which means the dreaded "getting your winter booty that you hid in long pants back into shape for the beach" time.
No big secret, I am taller. Not amazon tall, just 5'9" have a hard time finding tops long enough tall. For me, one pieces are just a big no-no. They never fit me right , unless they are meant to pull at me like a rubberband so that the only way to be comfortable is to slouch like a humpback. A lot of tankinis are too short or they ride up exposing the dreaded spare tire, muffin top....you get my drift. I gain my weight in my mid section so the last thing I need is a tankini riding up and drawing attention to it, as if even the tank could not possibly contain my tummy flab.
Last year, after hearing rave reviews from friends, I tried out DownEast Basic's swim line and it did not disappoint. So for this GIVEAWAY, I am going to offer you what I grabbed from this summer's swim line. First up, the Oceanside Tank in Hot Pink. It is hard to tell from this picture but the chest portion is actually two layers with two straps. This gives extra support and security (no wardrobe malfunctions here) but also makes for a really cute design element. I chose hot pink because, well, pink looks so good with a tan! I love how it also has ruching on the sides which is slimming and helps define the waistline. The length is perfect and guess what? It stays there! I found the top TTS, mine is a Medium.
Since I like to mix and match bottoms I had plenty that would coordinate with this tank so I opted for a swim skirt. I mean, the odds of me NOT spending most of the time with a swimskirt on while I chase after the toddlers is very low and I couldn't resist the femine details of the Malibu Swim Skirt in the taffy pattern. I found the sizing in the skirt a little different. If you wear the skirt up at your natural waist it fits TTS. This makes the skirt really short which is fine, it's a swimsuit afterall and it is like an adorable ruffly bottom. To make it longer (like in the picture) it is worn lower at the hips. I have curvy hips, for me the medium (my normal size) hit a little too tight here to be super flattering. If you have some extra padding here that can be, let's say er...squeezed... like me then you may want to size up one to wear it lower.
GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES-three chances to win!!!
1. This giveaway is open to anyone who hasn’t won a DownEast Basics blog giveaway on THIS blog within the last 90 days.
**for each possible entry, leave a seperate comment so they they will be counted as individual entries (versus one)**
2. Visit DownEast Basics website and let me know what your favorite swim item is. Make sure to leave your name and email in the comment (if they aren't accessible through blogger).
3. For a second chance to win, become a follower and let me know in a seperate entry. If you are already a follower, let me know that too :)
4. Become a DownEast Basics Facebook Fan and leave a comment letting me know. If you are already a fan, let me know that too!
**last day to enter is Monday, May 10th at 6:00pm. Winner will be announced the following day**