Having said all that, I think it might be more appropriate to title this post "What Were They Thinking?" Wednesday. I would like to say I was shocked (but I wasn't) and appalled (definitely was!) on hearing about the push-up bikini top that Abercrombie and Fitch was marketing to little girls. I don't mean small boned teenagers, either. We are talking seven year olds here!!
You can see a Today Show segment about it by clicking here.
Picture from Abercrombie and Fitch website
Swimsuits for little girls should be simple, sweet and age appropriate. What has the world come to when babies and toddlers are being dressed like strippers? (If you watch any of those "beauty pageants for children" tv shows, you know what I mean!)
Of course, I am, as always, a throwback to tradition. Miss Betty bought me some cute bathing suits when I was a little one. I lived the first couple of years of my life in Virginia Beach, and the rest of my growing up days in Delray Beach, Florida, and living at the beach meant being in a swimsuit more often than not. One of the cutest suits was a darling little thing from Bergdorf Goodman's. Miss Betty saved it with many of my other baby clothes...and 33 years later, my own daughter wore it... and it was just as cute. She received so many compliments, and Miss Betty (and I) really enjoyed seeing her in it! It is packed away safely, in case I ever have a granddaughter who might like to wear it! (Unfortunately even the cutest suits today have so much elastic and other materials that don't wear well, and it's hard to save much.)
The Cavalier Beach Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia 1960
Litchfield Beach, South Carolina, 1993
Looking at all these swimsuit pictures makes me think I better go hit the treadmill! But before I go, check out some cute and more appropriate options from Lilly Pulitzer.
Photos from LillyPulitzer.com
See you tomorrow!!