Ah, the lazy days of summer are right around the corner. All four kids at home as we fend off boredom in search of fun in the sun. The scent of sunscreen fills the air and visions of popsicles, sand-covered beach towels, flip flops and, of course, swimsuits, start dancing in our heads.
A Little About Limeapple
By sheer good fortune, I was approached about writing a review for Limeapple’s line of swimwear for the ‘tweenager’ sect. I very graciously accepted and my 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, was thrilled to be able to select a swimsuit from the more-than two dozen styles offered up on Limeapple’s website. Her choice? The sporty, blue-hued Laguna two-piece boy short with long-sleeved cropped top. (I knew she would love it.) This was by far the easiest bathing suit shopping experience I’ve ever had with her.
However, I should mention that Hannah’s excitement at the prospect of receiving a new swimsuit was mixed with apprehension when she learned I would need to include photos for my review. In her eyes, she did not look like the young models on Limeapples’s site. Her words: “But, Mom, I’m bigger than those girls on the website.”
Oh, boy. When you have a daughter who has been hitting physical milestones earlier than her peers, who is self-conscious and very body-aware despite a very healthy, active lifestyle, these types of conversations become commonplace. It’s a tough but necessary part of growing up, though sometimes the ‘growing up’ happens too soon! (Am I right, Moms?)
“We are Limeapple. And we believe in girls.”
Limeapple believes that girls should feel like girls for as long as possible. It believes that girls can be stylish and comfortable, happy, strong and confident leaders with endless imagination. The company prides itself as being “a favorite among girls—and their moms—because our style is energetic, bright, comfortable and age-appropriate.” The three clothing lines, Limeapple Boutique, Limeapple Sport and Limeapple Swim cater to girls ages 12 months to 14 years old with clothing that fits, flatters, moves and breathes.
Firstly, as a mom, shopping from a company with these values is important. Nevertheless, while Limeapple encourages girls to be active and athletic, it is interesting that my daughter didn’t see herself in the same light while checking out the styles. Honestly, I could see her point of view, though I reminded her that a healthy, growing, strong and active girl comes in different shapes and sizes. We would love to see more diversity in the models in order to demonstrate that the clothing fits and reflects all girls and their changing bodies.
Secondly, having a daughter that is ahead of the curve for her age group means that, at the age of almost-12, she just fits into the size 14 which is the largest size available at Limeapple. It’s unfortunate that girls aged 11-14, who might not fit the standard sizing chart, won’t be able to shop the fun and sporty styles here, instead having to resort to shopping elsewhere where the selections are less age-appropriate. It would be awesome to see Limeapple expand their sizing options!
About the Laguna Swimsuit
When the swimsuit first arrived, we gently unfolded it (the front design had stuck together a bit). If you’re like me, when you shop you like to touch the fabric, something I miss when shopping online. So of course right away I’m rubbing the the swimsuit between my fingers, turning it inside out, tugging at the seams. The top is lined in the front which adds to its quality and comfort and the stitching looks clean and sturdy. Made of 82% Nylon and 18% Spandex, in Limeapple’s exclusive design, this suit is definitely is as beautiful and durable as it looks online.
The day I proposed we do the ‘photo shoot’ in the backyard, Hannah was still hesitant about being photographed (“Can you cut out my head?”) I sidestepped her negativity by making this experience as fun as possible: styling her hair and putting on some music, adding a beach towel and Panama hat for flair. Like any kid in front of the camera it took her a while to get warmed up. But let me tell you: this girl had a blast once she relaxed! Girls really do just want to have fun!
The sporty style of the Laguna swimsuit is a natural choice for the active beach-goer. It moves comfortably, as Hannah aptly demonstrated. The bottoms are a boy-short-style described as “a midrise bottom piece [that] provides full to moderate coverage” and the long-sleeved rash guard has a tropical feel in beautiful aquatic blues that make you want to hang ten while amping up the sun protection!
Hannah added that she liked the cool shades of blue; the fit — the length of the sleeves were nice — not too long or too short; she loved the ‘surfer’ look with the long-sleeved top and shorts for bottoms. The one negative she pointed out was that the hemline around the bottom of the shorts was too tight. Though you’d never guess it because to watch her run, jump, leap, do cartwheels, spin and dance in this swimsuit was to see her 100% comfortable in her own skin.
I can see this being the swimsuit which Hannah will most wear this summer. As a parent, let’s face it, I like the coverage it offers from the added UPF 50+ protection from the sun and the high-quality construction means it will withstand wear and tear. The fun and sporty style make it perfect for running around at the beach, both in and out of the water. Plus the fact that my daughter is perfectly comfortable wearing the suit makes it a total win.
How to Shop!
Limeapple offers free shipping to USA and Canada on orders over $30; however, you can easily search for a retailer close to you if you prefer the bricks and mortar shopping experience.
Be sure to check out Limeapple’s flash swimwear sale on June 12th only! 30% off all swimsuits including bubble shorts and bubble cover ups!
The Laguna swimsuit was generously provided by Limeapple for the purposes of this review. All attempts at humour, embarrassing oversharing and opinions expressed herein are my own.
About Erica Gomez
Erica is a Toronto-area blogger who writes with humour and heart about family, food, fitness and living life in the carpool lane. Her blog, Diary of Domestic Diva, is a gateway into the life of a 40-something, social-media-obsessed mom of four who is powering through marriage, parenting and her #fit40s with the mantra “keepin' it real”. Part-time banker by day and Netflix-addicted-cake-decorator by night, Erica's in-between time is spent dreaming up ways to ruin the lives of her kids. Obviously.