Cape Cod weekend: New England Clambake + ASOS floral swimsuit

asos floral print one piece swimsuitASOS swimsuit (runs small, fit review below) – filter by size on all their cute swimwear here

The one-piece swimsuit made a major comeback recently and I hope it’s here to stay. What’s not to love about tummy coverage, especially in all the cute prints and designs that this year’s suits came in? We spent a weekend with friends in Cape Cod where the highlight of the trip was an authentic New England clambake. With chowing down heartily on the agenda, a one-piece was a no-brainer.
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Being small-chested, I usually shy away from styles without underwire cups or some kind of padding. I ordered this suit anyways to try on because it was so darling. Despite the lack of a boost in the bust, I was really pleasantly surprised by the look when on, and encourage fellow small-busted ladies to not be afraid to try things outside of your comfort zone…
Nick loved it as well which always serves as a double vote for me. I will say it runs very small on the bottoms and the waistband. I am wearing a US 0 and heard the sound of some stitches ripping as I pulled the waistband on over my hips. In hindsight I probably should’ve sized up to a 2, but wasn’t going to return it after busting a few threads! I think the stitches that broke were not critical, since I’ve worn and washed it 3 times since with no issues, holes, or signs of it coming apart, so I’m not concerned. The higher-style bottom kept my tummy tucked in all day comfortably despite large meals.
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The suit is lined but not padded in the bust. I tried it on at home and it was not see through for me, but not wanting to leave anything up to chance (or potentially cold breezes), I used needle and thread to tack in (stitched and knotted just at the corners of the triangular shapes) a few thin liner cups that I took out of an old swimsuit. These cups are also sold at Joann’s or other fabric/craft stores where the bra clasps are. So many swimsuits that I browsed only are only lined and not padded these days…must be a lot of brave souls out there. I also want to note that the butt coverage on this is less to medium. Definitely not brazilian style, but in between there and full coverage.
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An authentic clambake involves a lot of labor and love, and the end results get scarfed down in minutes! The boys had gathered wood and stones the day before, and were up at 5AM digging a sandpit and heating them up. The heated pit is then layered with seaweed before the goodies go on and get covered by a tarp. Everything is steamed together under the tarp for a while, and the tarp lifting below is truly magical to hungry bystanders.
clambake cape cod lobster pit

Lobster, clams, potatoes, corn, and sausages oh myclambake cape cod lobster

PS – ASOS also has some great padded/cupped swimsuit options in extended sizing, ranging from 30A to DDD/F cups! See my past review on their underwire cup swimsuits and also their full swim selection (you can filter by size, which is the easiest way to browse for me).

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  1. Kathleen wrote:

    Your 2015 in review post brought me here! I am really looking into buying one of these suits from ASOS in a different color and I'm wondering how secure the front feels while in the water.. looks great for being at the beach, but how practical is it as actual swimwear in the water?

    Posted 12.30.15 Reply
  2. Megan wrote:

    I like your swimming suit

    Posted 9.1.15 Reply
  3. Valeri wrote:

    Jean. What color are you wearing on your nails in these photos? It appears to be an orange red. I love a blue red in the winter but have yet to find a bright red that I like for summer.

    Posted 8.18.15 Reply
  4. MizzJ wrote:

    Oh wow that seafood looks delicious! I've never been to a clambake before – it kinda looks like a luau lol.

    Posted 8.18.15 Reply
  5. JHolloway wrote:

    Oh, these lobsters and the corn – just amazing. I wish I could try them.

    Posted 8.14.15 Reply
  6. That's amazing! All that lobster and corn <3 You look so pretty in your swimsuit!

    ♥, Diane ||

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  7. Love the one-piece. I feel like it would be honeymoon worthy! Have you tried the TRIANGL-inspired ASOS swim wear? I see it comes in 30 band sizes which would be great!

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Haha thanks P : ) For me it's both. Feels more age-appropriate, and any trend that allows more breathing/relaxing after meals is a bonus!

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Stacey, welcome!! Hope you enjoy the posts! I don't do blog sales…usually just donate pieces that don't get much wear anymore to charity.

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  10. One pieces are a definite favorite of mine. Both stylish and concealing, what's not to love? I have yet to attend anything more than a crawfish boil, but a clambake looks like similar fun!

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  11. very pretty swimsuit 🙂
    beatiful photos and location


    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  12. Nice photos 🙂
    Maria V.

    Posted 8.13.15 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:


    Your style is amazing. I would love to do an editorial post for you in our fashion & style section for shoes.


    Posted 8.12.15 Reply
  14. Petite-ish wrote:

    Stunning photos and love this suit on you, most of these could be on an asos advert! I don't know if it's the fact that I just turned 30 or just the influence of fashion trends/what's being stocked by retailers but I've really been gravitating towards one piece suits.

    Posted 8.12.15 Reply
  15. Sarah wrote:

    Loveee New England summers! Lobsters and corn, yum yum!


    Posted 8.12.15 Reply
  16. GORGEOUS swimsuit! I was looking for a one-piece option and this one is just perfect! I love the print and the shape… I would need to try it on though, my bum is on the bigger side and I don't know if it's gonna look good on me…


    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  17. Vanessa wrote:

    This swimsuit is too cute! Omg the food. Mouth-watering!

    Love, V.

    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  18. Hello Kuo wrote:

    i'd never heard of a clambake until now, but now that i know they exist i need to experience one!! omigod it looks soooo good. it's too late for me to be this hungry >.< i love that swimsuit! the print and the cut are gorgeous. and very smart of you to sew in liner cups

    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  19. M wrote:

    Wow, the bikini is so sweet and feminine, you look beautiful!

    The Flower Duet

    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  20. I just found you and I am so excited to keep learning how to style my petite body. I am basically the same size as you plus a little more "love". I don't know if this question is a bit inappropriate but I wanted to ask if you ever did blog sales??? Thanks! – stace

    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  21. Trang Do wrote:

    I love your swimsuit!! Very pretty!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  22. carmitive wrote:

    Aaw I love this swimsuit looks great!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  23. Loved the print, perfect for beach party.

    Debs xx
    Elegantly Fashionable

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  24. Gwen F wrote:

    Wow, what an experience…a real New England clam bake. Lucky you! And, your suit looks great, too!

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  25. The floral prints of the swimsuit are so lovely and the design very sexy too! I have never seen a New England clambake before and I must say it's an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing!


    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  26. That clambake looks amazing!
    xx Tia |

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  27. Summer is almost over so less a chance of me wearing a swimsuit but I've been loving all these plunge bathing suits lately! I'm small chested also and when I first saw them I went NOT FOR ME WILL MAKE ME FLATTER THAN I ALREADY AM but I randomly tried one on at Urban Outfitters one day and I think it depends on the cut you get because there was one that actually looked decent! I love the pattern of the one you got and I'm all for less coverage on the bum!


    COFFEESLAG What's In My Bag

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  28. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love your swim suit! The clambake is just so fun and delicious<3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  29. I haven't tried a one piece yet, but the look is kinda retro and fun, and I think I might shop for one soon. Gorgeous pictures!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  30. Such a pretty swimsuit!
    xoxo Lynda

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  31. Love this beautiful swimsuit, you remembered me that I urgently must update my beach wardrobe 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply

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