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Small, lightweight Tankini top?

Can anyone suggest one? I already have the bottom half. But the matching top I have is seriously thick and heavy. Not what I want to carry to Europe. It doesn’t need to offer much support (no built-in cups, no underwires).

On sale would be nice. Thanks!

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If I needed a tankini top for just one trip I’d check at Target. They have lots of tops on their website and have free 2-day shipping. They run around $22-$30.

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Lola, have a look at the HerRoom website. There are many, many choices in all shapes, sizes and fabric weights. It's the only place I purchase bras and swimsuits anymore. The site is very user friendly and if that little box pops up and asks "Can we help you?" click on yes if you want to ask questions. The site is run by women and they are there to help you. Quality matters.

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Land's End has a great selection of swimwear singles.

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Lola, try TJMaxx, Ross or Marshall’s or if you have coupons to Macy’s, they probably have some in stock now.

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Thank you, everyone. I have had fun looking and shopping. The HerRoom site has a lovely Ann Cole top but it more than I can justify spending for this purpose, unless I make a birthday present to myself. Maybe I will. . . .

I had not thought of REI but I found some good options there. I was wondering what to do with my dividend, so this might be the answer.

I lucked into a sale at Lands End, 7 hours before the promotion code expired, so I ordered 3 to try, all under $20.

I wasn't planning on taking a swimsuit on this trip, but then I looked again at the itinerary ( one part is an REI Adventures hiking trip in Spain) and saw the plan includes time to swim while we are hiking the Costa Brava coastal path, as well as free time in our village ( Cadaques) . I know the water will still be quite cold at the end of May, but that won't deter my husband, and I like to at least wade while he swims. After that we will be on the Dorset coast for more walking, and our accommodation has a nice outdoor pool ( hopefully heated). So I think it will be worth taking the swimwear.

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Lola, one of the best options I have found is a Lands End swim tee over a Patagonia Barely Bra. Sun protective, lightweight, and both can do double duty as a bra and a shirt.

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Thanks again to all. I ordered three from Lands End and they are all too big (I kind of expected that).

I found this one on Amazon for under $12 (the same one in a different color is $47 at REI Outlet) but it is too tight in the top and too loose around the bottom. The one on Amazon is dusty coral and a great deal if you are A or B cup.

https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/144443/carve-designs-hana-tankini-swim-top-anchorblue-bahia-womens

Then I ordered three from REI Outlet and used my dividend. One is actually a black yoga/multi sport top in a soft cottony-feel fabric, and I may keep it as a multi-purpose sleep shirt/swimwear/baselayer. But the winner for a Tankini top is this one from Tyr (I like the color and it is nice and lightweight).

https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/144402/tyr-cyprus-ambu-swim-tank-womens

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And then I went to put the Tankini top in my “active wear” drawer and found a Seea long-sleeve rashguard top that I forgot I had. One of these:

https://www.theseea.com/collections/rashguards

I may just take that, for the sun protection factor. But my prior experience with wearing a long-sleeve top for swimming is it is great in the water, but I froze once I got out, even on an 80 degree day. The evaporative cooling factor is significant.