Monday, June 16, 2014

Look for Less: Bathing Suit Coverup

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We're not a beach family.  My grandparents have a house on a lake, so we usually just go there for a few days for a summer getaway.  However, this year, we're actually going to the beach for a week, and I couldn't be more excited!  We're renting a house in Cape May, and even little Alice the Beagle gets to come! (Prepare yourself for pictures of Alice on the beach, I just can't wait!)

As we prepare for your vacation by purchasing "beach essentials" like beach chairs and new towels, I've also started to think about bathing suits, cover ups, and what other outfits I'll want to bring on vacation.

As I'm sure y'all know, I'm very in the color of my skin.  If I'm going to be outside for an extended amount of time, I have to use SPF 70+ and reapply fairly regularly.  On pinterest and tumblr I've seen tons of girls using Columbia PFG fishing shirts as cover ups...I never really took note until I heard someone at school say that this type of shirt, since it is meant to be worn out on the boat, also has SPF "built in" to protect against the sun.

All photos are from pinterest.

However, the pricetag was a little too much for a beach cover up.  The plain shirt, without a monogram, runs about $50 (or more depending on the color and design), and many etsy shops are charging $60-80 for a PFG with the large monogram on the back.

I did a little searching on google to see if I could find a more budget friendly option.  As many of you know, Amazon compiles many different stores and shops to offer the best deal on many different products.  Often different colors are sold at different prices either due to overstock or popularity.  Because I didn't have a specific color in mind, I was open to finding the best deal.

Screenshot from Amazon

Here on Amazon we see that there are PFG shirts (I chose men's because I didn't want it to be fitted) ranging in price from $12.25-$99.99.  I was on a mission to see what they had in my size at the cheapest price.  Much to my surprise, I found my size, in white, for only $13.01!

You can also search from long sleeve version on Amazon.  I scored a long sleeve bonehead shirt in a nice aqua color for only $15.40!

So now you say...but Becca, what about the monogram?!?!?  Well, I'm lucky enough that my mom has an embroidery machine and is able to monograms from the comfort of our own home (and for free!) But many embroidery shops will allow for you to bring in your own clothing and they will add your monogram for a low cost.  I can't imagine even the large monogram on the back being more than $15.

So say you paid $15 for a shirt and then $15 for a monogram?  Well that's only $30, and you've saved at least $35!  And with your savings, you can now you can buy yourself a new bathing suit to wear under your cover up! :)


  1. I am lusting over those PFG shirts as well! I haven't been able to pull the trigger yet because the price tag is so hefty, and I'd rather spend the money on a new pair of sunglasses or cute sandals instead!

  2. How fun! I haven't even thought about the PFG shirts, despite how often I've seen them around!

    Constance || Prep Northwest