Trend Alert: One-Shouldered Swimwear for Girls

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.

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4 Responses to Trend Alert: One-Shouldered Swimwear for Girls

  1. houseofestrogen says:

    That modeled picture you linked to is just awful! Ick! I've never done bikinis with my girls (ages 4, 8, 10). I'll do tankinis, but not bikinis. The one-shouldered ones aren't my favorite from a style standpoint, but they don't really bother me either. My 10 year old had a one shouldered one from Gymboree a couple years ago (thick strap on one side, skinny strap on the other), and it basically seemed as modest and harmless as other Gymboree one-pieces. I think it all depends on how they are styled. I have a feeling my 8 year old is going to want bikinis this year. I might cave… not sure.

  2. mymomshops says:

    I agree. My daughter had a one-shouldered (actually a thin strap on 2nd side) bathing suit from Gymboree a few years ago too but it seemed more modest than some of these. Depends on the style, and the styling, for sure!

  3. Aimee K. says:

    I have no words for the linked picture. I just cringed. I have no problem with one shouldered bathing suits as long as they aren't "sexy" looking. The choices you posted are sweeter looking than most I have seen. I don't think my toddler will be wearing one (that just looks weird), but I think it is modest enough for an older child. I do find 2 piece bathing suits easier with diapers, but I prefer tankinis.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have bought most of my daughters' bathingsuits at Land's End and Polarn O Pryet recently as I too like a young girl look as opposed to sexy teen look. I used to love Hanna Anderson bathingsuits but they have had very thin straps recently and I like the thicker straps. I still love their fabrics though.

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