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Anyone who's tried to shop for an appropriate swim suit for a girl or teen can feel my pain in the process. I thought it was bad enough when Emelie was still in girl sizes, but now I know that those were the easy days.
When she was very small, we were very much "anything goes." As she grew, so did our convictions about modesty. At that point the search was for one-piece with enough fabric. A couple of years ago we started having boys and girls wear swim shirts. A great idea because we are really pale folks. No tanning here - just sunburn and freckles.
Last year we splurged and bought the girls swim shirts and skirts from Lands End. They looked adorable! Very cute and very covered. At the end of the season sale I bought the next size up for everyone, but Em had grown out of girl sizes. Hence, the dilemma.
I was so frustrated in my search, that Bryan even started thinking we needed to start a modest swimsuit business! It is easier to find a covered-head-to-ankle suit than a covered-more-than-the-norm-suit.
However, I think we've finally found the answer. While Lands End does now sell one style of swim shirt in women's sizes (thanks for the heads-up, J.A.), I think we're going to go with this due to the built-in extra support (along with the extra price tag) with a Lands End skirt to match (free shipping through Wednesday and 30% off). I hope the pieces match! Look for swimming photos coming this way soon.