Scalloped Bathing Suit

I’m not exactly the best candidate for a bathing suit outfit shoot. But I hope you bear with me a little bit for this one.
There’s something about bathing suits that make my stomach drop a little bit. I’ve never had the best body confidence. For whatever reason, I had a bigger chest than all my friends but the body of an eight year old. No curves! Except for my chest. So between trying to hide the fact that I had a childish body and very womanly breasts, I was always feeling less than confident. It took years for my body to sort itself out and I finally, at 26, feel pretty good about it all. 
I hesitate to even touch on body image and body confidence. It’s become such a buzzword and every day I scroll through Facebook and see ten different articles with ten different morals. I don’t think anyone is wrong– I just think it’s personal. For me, I don’t even think it’s accepting my flaws so much as just looking in the mirror and realizing that the person I see is in the reflection is me. It’s not looking in the mirror and thinking about ten things I like or ten things I want to change, it’s just knowing that no matter what the reflection looks like, it’s always going to be me
I wish I could go back in time and tell my sixteen year old self to not be embarrassed by what I looked like. Now when I look at pictures, I don’t see the straight hips or a large chest, I see myself as a teenager. That’s just what I happened to look like at that time. What I look like now isn’t what I’ll look like in ten years. Definitely not in twenty years. But I’ll always be me no matter what.
Now, with all that said… finding a bathing suit that I feel comfortable in makes me feel a whole lot more confident while wearing it. I’ve never been someone who likes having a lot of cleavage (more power to you if you do though!). This crop top bikini is exactly exactly exactlyyyyy what I’ve been looking for. I’m so glad they’re gaining popularity. I hope they stay in style for a long time. 
I tried on a number of tops and bottoms this year and these are the two that worked the best with my body. The top had the perfect amount of coverage (versus the bandeau which I didn’t love) and these bottoms ended up being my favorite. These bottoms are on the, um, skimpier side but this pair has a lot more coverage if that’s what you’re going for!

Also, I’m going to be posting more about my trip to Florida, but we only had one good pool weather day. I should have packed more sweaters and fewer bathing suits. It was too chilly (relatively speaking!). Of course, that was my last day and I didn’t even have a full afternoon because I had to catch my flight!

Scalloped Bikini Crop Top // Scalloped Bikini Bottoms // Straw Hat

More high neck bikini picks below:


PS Target has a knock-off of this suit available online: the top and bottoms. Old Navy has one too. And here’s another version in white if you’re lucky enough to be able to pull off a white b-suit!

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Mary Higgins

I love this bikini! You really work it! I saw your snap saying that it was hard to post, but this looks great!

Audrey Lin

I have broad shoulders, so I usually don't wear tops with that shape, but it looks so great on you! I love what you said about body image/confidence 🙂 You're just you; I'm just me. Everything is fine and the world keeps spinning! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


Have you had any luck finding a top like that with underwire? I need all the support I can get, but I find the only tops with underwire are the halter/bra style.


You look stunning and I'm so jealous that this was your backyard – it's quite the oasis!

Emily @

MacKenzie Haley

LOVE this bathing suit and it looks so great on you! Definitely need a scalloped bathing suit in my life.

Xo, MacKenzie


You rock it so well! I bought my first Marysia swimsuit last summer (the black, one shoulder) and I'm not sure any will ever compare! I took it along on a cruise and got so many compliments on it, which always makes showing some skin easier 😉 I've struggled with the way I look over the past 6 months or so. After losing close to 50 pounds over the course of a few years, any time I gain even a few pounds I start to freak out a bit and I the way I talk to/about myself tends to decline. Even at 28, I still struggle with negative thoughts about my body and the way it looks. This was a great reminder that I need to give my body the love it deserves. Thank you for that.

26 and Not Counting

Heather A.

This is such a cute style on you! I love that this high neck style is so popular right now! I think everyone is always a little body conscious but it's so important as you get older to accept your body for what it is- just like you said!

Taylor McLemore

Carly you look amazing! I've always been one who's been petite and never had a lot of curves growing up and now that I'm in just now in my mid twenties I've got a little bit of a womanly figure I kind of had a moment of freak out like "omg I'm not just a straight board" I was very insecure but like you I learned to love myself and embrace it!!
p.s. I've been following you on snapchat and saw you just a got a new puppy, soon cute btw!! I just got a puppy golden right before you did and I already want her to stop growing, I just love the puppy stage!

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Liz Adams

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Such a beautiful person inside and out and such an inspiration to girls and women everywhere (insert kissy face emoji) xo

Cristina SF

You have a beautiful body, Carly! I wish a bikini looked on me half as well as it looks on you. I have a hard time accepting the body I have. I look at myself in the mirror and keep thinking that I should work out more… I'm a perfectionist so instead of accepting reality I keep thinking there's lots I could do to improve my appearance… I think that even if there wasn't social pressure to look perfect I'd still be body conscious.

From Foothills to Fog

You are way too cute & have a perfect figure for a bathing suit post! This suit is so cute, I love the scallops and the halter neckline. So cute! I hope you had a great time with your family. I loved the post yesterday too btw

Alexis Vance

I've always been the girl with the curves, too many in my opinion. But I've grown to have the exact mindset that you do. It's me.
I absolutely love that bathing suit and the way you write. I can tell that it's your voice.
Also, I'll be buying that suit now, thanks to you!

Tori A.

You look great in a swimsuit! Don't let anything make you feel insecure about your own body!

Tori A. from Prep For A Day


Does anyone know if this swim top or other marysia swimwear has cups or padding???