Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

In the summer when kids spend most of their time outdoors, bathing suits practically become underwear worn from morning to night. For this reason, it is good to pack more than one suit when heading away to camp or for the weekend. In case you need some ideas for styles, here are some last minute favorites that are sure not to disappoint.

For an active, sports-oriented tween, who may also be a bit self-conscious about her changing body and not quite ready for the bikini look, Bskinz Spandex compressed swimming trunks with sports bra makes a perfect combo. She will be able to jump, swim, play ball on the beach and roll in the sand without worrying about falling off straps and slipping bottoms. Check this website for an array of fun tops, shorts and skorts in animal and colorful prints at

Some tweens love frou-frous and a super feminine look from day one and nothing will dissuade them from wearing anything else. The Children’s Place, reputed for combining fashion, comfort and value, has adorable two-piece sets in polyester/spandex still available if you hurry to your local Children’s Place store or visit

The born fashion connoisseur who already cultivates a taste for luxurious materials and artsy design will be charmed by these Polka Dot Sprinkle Swimwear Suits from the collection of Millions of Colors. In a cotton-polyester-elastine blend with vintage ruffles, it is available at the Aminah et les Amis Boutique or, the Space Kiddets store or at More information at

Whether she is the sports fanatic or the idler at the beach, your Tween needs a variety of suits to fit every occasion and her unique personality. Bathing suits are like a second skin from June through September and more than anything, they make huge statements about identity and taste during that period. Neither little girls nor Teens yet, the Tween age is the age of the “in between”. But one thing is for sure, Tweens want to make it clear that they are in a category of their own and that their personal preferences matter dramatically.

Originally published July 2011
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