I’ve noticed a trend this Spring/Summer of one-shouldered swimsuits for girls as young as age four. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it. My own daughter turns 9 this summer, and I relieved that she herself started choosing one-pieces over bikinis last summer. You see, I happen to think once a baby or toddler girl passes a certain age (maybe around kindergarten or so?), it becomes too easy for a bikini to look inappropriate (I don’t think this applies to baby girls–after all, swim diapers are not “sexy”). But older girls, like my own daughter, are getting too close to the age of puberty. In fact, disarmingly, they’re often encouraged to look sexier at this age (remember those infamous padded bikini tops by Abercrombie & Fitch last year? Ugh). And you might also remember the less-than-modest Spring 2012 swimwear that I previewed at last summer’s ENK trade show. I give those a thumbs down, big time. Won’t catch my daughter in them.
But these one-shouldered numbers…well, I don’t know. Some of them are not so revealing…and are at least preferable to skimpy bikinis. What do you think? Here are some of the ones I’ve seen online recently. Some have more coverage than others. And, of course, a lot depends on your own daughter(s) and how they wear these. I’ve seen some pretty awful product photos of girls really “working” this look (shudder). Take a look at this one. Scary.
So what do you think of these?
Splendid One Piece Swimsuit ($60, sizes 7-14 at Nordstrom)
Angela Frost Shimmer Swimsuit ($42, sizes 4-14 at CWDKids)
Girls One-Shoulder Rosette Swimsuit ($16.94, sizes XS-XL at Old Navy)
Sunflower One Piece ($18.36, XS-XXL at Gap)
If you have a daughter, how old is she and would you dress her in one of these one-shouldered swimsuits? How about a bikini? Leave your comments below.