Friday, August 15, 2014

Review | Lime Ricki Swimwear!

Hey! I know it might seem like summer is coming to an end with all the talk about school starting back up, but at least for those of us in the South we still have another month and a half of swimming weather! Lime Ricki contacted me and asked about doing a swimsuit review and I said yes, of course, because they have adorable suits! 

But, by themselves, they don't fit my modesty standards. I want to show y'all that you can take a more conventional suit and make it modest with just some simple layering! Lime Ricki is awesome in that their suits are more modest than the standard bikini you can find at Walmart and they're a great option for those who can't sew their own suit. :) 

 So, to feel comfortable in this suit, I layered it with a Halftee and some Forever 21 leggings. By putting black under the suit, it makes the layering not such a huge statement and is more slimming and easier to care for than white or some other bright color would be.

I have known of Lime Ricki for several years now and have friends who love their suits, but I had never tried them out until this summer. I am very impressed! They are sooo well made and the spandex is nice and thick. The whole top is lined and has great built-in support. 

I know these pictures were taken in a creek, but I am confident this ensemble would hold up really well and be comfortable for more athletic swimmers, too. I do not feel "weighed down" in it at allll. :)

 I wasn't sure on the website how I would like the chevron/butterfly print/ gold mix that this suit has, but I LOVE it in person. It's adorable and quite chic. 

This tankini top and ruffle skirt are on sale at Lime Ricki! 

Oh, look, and they have a great little "fit guide" to help you find the most flattering top for your body type. Love that!

I hope this post encouraged you that sometimes being modest means being creative and simply finding a way to layer in a classy way. Thank you, Lime Ricki, for the adorable suit. 

Do you layer up at the pool? 


38 comments :

  1. How cute! I've never thought of layering like this. I don't go swimming too often but we've been taking more trips out to Sevierville and Pigeon Forge to the creeks so this would come in handy! :)

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  2. Love this! So creative, and that suit is adorable on you :)

    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

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  3. Cute! The layering looks up to date while still offering a lot of coverage. I agree the black looks better than white underneath!

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  4. I love it, so cute! Thanks fr the great ideas!

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  5. That is a really cute swimsuit and the prices aren't too bad! I've seen swimsuits cost way more! The black looks really nice under it, much better than any other color would have.

    Blessings,
    Grace

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  6. This is cute... I am a triathlete, this would not work for a race or even swimming laps...what would you do?
    Thanks, Lilly.

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    1. Agreed. I'm a competitive swimmer and I can't imagine doing flip turns or laps in something like this. It's cute for casual wear, though.

      Rose

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    2. Definitely! I'm also a triathlete...what do you all wear in the pool/in competitions? I wear Speedo Endurance swim suits,and then a skirt and tankini top for casual wear. Margaret

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    3. Margaret- I usually will wear a tri top separate mine is from 2XU. And just regular type bike shorts without the padding. Compression is what you need in triathlons. For regular wear I wear a tankini top if and a skirt bottom too. What triathlons have you been in? I'm pretty new to the sport. -Lily

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    4. Rose- totally agree, cute but not practical for competition.
      Margaret- that's really cool. I wear a tri top separate from 2XU. And regular bike shorts w/o the padding. What triathlon distances have you done? Maybe you can give me some advice, I'm rather new as of this year to the sport. (I have been swimming for years though)
      Same for me with the casual wear. :)
      Lily

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  7. I love these photos of you :) So pretty and creative. Question--I know you said that you didn't feel "weighted down," but don't the leggings and Halftee add some extra weight? Or are they both form-fitting enough that they're not cumbersome in the water? Also, I would think the cotton-y fabric of both would take forever to dry. Was that your experience?

    dance a real

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    1. Hi Hannah,
      I myself wear leggings and a shirt with my suit like Olivia. I was able to find some workout leggings at Walmart that are made of a polyester/spandex blend, and they are perfect for swimming. I work at a pool, and so polyester lasts far longer than nylon. The leggings that I have dry at the same rate as my suit and are pretty tight, so they don't add extra weight in the water. I also found a fitted workout top made out of the same material (also at Walmart, $3!). So for swimming, I wear a 1 piece polyester suit I bought online, the leggings, the top, and a simple half-circle skirt I made out of polyester material. Hope this helps give you an idea of how it can work!
      Abby

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  8. Might be a bit to much clothing for a pool thats not shaded in the hot sun. Would love for you to wear this to the pool or beach for an outing and re review. Thanks! Denise

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  9. We went the very unconventional route. We wore flowered boys swim trunks and a swim shirt, with a bikini top and bottom underneath. Some people thought I was being overly modest when it was "just girls". I think not! :)
    Kathryn

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    1. We do the very same thing, except use a one piece underneath. I think that works really well too. :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing, Olivia! Several of my friends have Lime Ricki swimsuits and love them, too. I like the pattern you chose. Blessings!

    [Also, in case this would be helpful to anyone, I wear leggings with a skirt overlay + athletic top (found both of these at Target) layered over a one piece and it's actually very practical, even at pools, tubing, lakes, etc. Sure, it's unusual and unique, but it's definitely possible to enjoy adventures and be dressed modestly. :) Have a great day!]

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  11. Very cute! You are always so good at sticking with your modesty standards, and getting creative! At first I wasn't sure what I thought of the layering, but by the end you had me sold! You're just too stinkin' adorable! It does seem like it might be a little heavy, but I'd say that's the case with any modest swimwear. Thanks again for the posts! I am a new follower, and have been enjoying them! ~AFG 1 Cor 10:31

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  12. That's cute! I used to swim competitively by layering a boys suit over my normal one. Now I wear tighter athletic wear over a normal suit. It's good for swimming laps, but if I ever wanted to go for style, this looks way cuter. :)

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  13. Olivia! I was just thinking today how it would be great to do a post on my blog, about what to do if you don't sew, to be more modest, by layering, say, with such things as you have shown or I was also thinking leotards could come in handy especially for suits not long enough. And for mothers who nurse, cutting little slits as necessary, on this under layer. I appreciate this really cute and great inspiration that so many can try too. Very cute!!! I love to see what you come up with too each year that you have sewn: fun inspiration/ or just joy in other's accomplishments, for fellow seamstresses, but its a busy year for you I bet! I'll say about the previous post that tight layering isn't heavy, in my opinion. I made my swim suit this year, with a tad of ease (looseness), for a bit more comfort/coverage that is especially appreciated when you are a mother just when just splashing about all day, (see http://farmgirl.hazubu.com/?p=3606, and its a bit heavier.) But with lap swimming I've layered with tight options like Olivia (with tight biker shorts and a top on sale with cap sleeves at Panga swim wear) and its not a bother at all, but adds a lot of comfort that modesty is a blessing of. Keep up the good work in doing your best according to what you feel is modest, ladies! You are wonderful!

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  14. I love the swim suit! Your blog is amazing. :)

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  15. Cute! I always enjoy seeing how you come up with creative ways to stick to your modesty standards, even when doing something like swimming where most girls, even ones who dress modestly normally, usually let their standards slip a little too far.
    I usually wear a T-shirt and a pair of boy's swimming trunks. I'm kinda skinny and I fit trunks meant for a younger boy, so they're a little shorter, which makes it a little less obvious that I'm wearing boy's trunks. :) I think I would feel much more comfortable in something like this.
    Definitely hope to be checking out Lime Ricki soon! Thanks for another great post!
    ~Abby
    P.S. I wish I looked as beautiful as you do with my hair soaking wet. :)

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  16. Very cute idea! And I think stuff from HalfTee would work well as the fabric is not like a regular tshirt. I think it would dry faster and also not sag so much. This year I'm wearing looser board shorts that I've owned for years. Really want to get some new ones! And I got a athletic shirt and bra from Target (finally Target is in Canada!) which work really well together. I ended up sewing on some ties to the top (right where the side seams meet the hem, and matching ones to the shorts by the side seams, at the waistband. Then I tie them together. I was noticing that the top tended to float up in the pool, and this really helped. I'm definitely not an active swimmer, but this works well for me. It's on my project to do list to sew a suit using Olivia's pattern/instructions. Hopefully by next summer! I don't mind what I'm using now, but I'd like something with a skirt, something cute and fun!

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  17. I have been trying to figure out how to dress modestly for swimming and right now I have a nice one piece (though I would really appreciate a swimskirt too). What are your standards? Also can you share with me why the hardly any pants thing and what your short/skirts length standards are? Thanks! :)
    You are such a blessing to me in my (fairly new) walk with Christ!

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  18. Olivia, these pictures are so cute and creative! I love them. And, the swimsuit does look wonderful, with the Halftee and leggings underneath. I really appreciate seeing what an effort you make to be modest! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. How cute! The pictures are great too. You look lovely!
    -Marianne
    http://lettersfromelinorandmarianne.blogspot.com/

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  20. Awesome! Super cute! I usually wear just a bathing suit with yoga capris and a shirt over top.

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  21. Very cute!!! I love it!

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  22. Cute! Yes, my sister's and I get to layer our swimsuits as well! =) Did you make a swimsuit this year?

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  23. That swimsuit is soooo cute! I really like those butterflies! And the blue is my FAVORITE color! :)

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  24. I like it! I have a hard time finding swim suits that are not to low cut on the top and skirted. (Skirted is just my personal preference - I'd rather not show of cellulite). I'm going to bookmark this company for next summer - swimming season is just about over here.

    Jenny K

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  25. This is such a cute swimsuit! Thanks for this review, Olivia!
    ~Katie@ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

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  26. Is Lime Ricki not a modest swimwear site? Our internet protection blocked it.
    Clara

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  27. I lovvee the Swimsuit Oliva! Its really pretty, but modest! I love it <3 Also, I love your Sister's photography, its amazing and an inspiration to me as I also lovvee photography haha! I love your Blog and everything that you're doing here, its such an encouragement and inspiration to me in my life...I always get excited when I see new posts from you!!! Looking forward to more..God bless! xx

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  28. I love this swimsuit! It is so nice and the colors are cute!

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  29. That suit is adorable!!! I LOVE the colors & print combo! I would personally wear the top alone but probably not the bottom(in public anyway) I wear a bandeau style Tankini top with bikini bottoms & board/surf shorts over those ;)

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  30. I layer some when I'm swimming... but I do 5k races so I layer Capri length athletic leggings and those short athletic shorts. I wear that for swimming sometimes, but I found some tennis skorts that (or boys basketball shorts) is what I prefer to wear swimming. And any athletic shirt. -Grace

    Ps. I'm a new reader of your blog and I think it's great! Super cute pictures!

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  31. I have taken to using rash shirts underneath - I not only get the modesty but more SPF protection on my shoulders and arms. I have found that I combine things from athleta.com that work well for modesty. This past summer they had a SPF50+ tunic that worked well with running capris that feel just like swim material. I am not young like you but like to be a modest fashionable Mommy.

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  32. I wear board shorts and a rash guard for water activities. Surfing companies have really pretty prints and they work well over one pieces as well as bikinis.

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