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Once in a lifetime you may come across a bathing suit that is comfortable enough to actually wear as clothing throughout the day like a body suit. I honestly cannot recall a suit that I’ve felt that way in EVER… until now. While on a hike in Drumbeg park on Gabriola island, I wanted to wear my swimsuit in case we decided to take a dip, but I also wanted to wear clothing. Such a dilemma, I know. I threw on my Fortnight swim tie-back one piece under an old pair of denim shorts topped off by a men’s Hawaiian shirt from the 60s and I was off!

The first thing I noticed upon putting it on was how incredibly soft the material was. For a second I was confused if I was sent a bodysuit and not swimwear. Every bathing suit should be made of this! Aside from the incredible texture of the fabric, I couldn’t get over how flattering the cut was. Let me tell you, I am by no means a person who is fully comfortable parading around in swimwear getting my photos taken but something about this one made me really feel myself like I haven’t in a long time.

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OUTFIT | hat – c/o GAPhere | clubmaster sunglasses – RAY-BAN | Hawaiian shirt – VINTAGE | swimsuit – c/o FORTNIGHT | belt – VINTAGE | denim shorts – AMERICAN APPAREL |

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Not only has this quickly become my one-piece swimsuit of choice but it’s also made by a pretty rad Canadian company, Fortnight, that began their line as lingerie (which is also totally stunning, by the way). Each amazing body flattering piece is handcrafted in Toronto! Yes, it’s even made in Canada. What’s better than wearing a swimsuit that feels like it’s a second skin? Knowing that it was made in an ethical way.

Aside from this wonderful suit, it’s come to my attention that I’ve basically worn these Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunnies All. Summer. Long. Just like the Beach Boys song. I’m now acknowledging what a great purchase they were as they have yet to be thrown off the regular rotation roster which also include two other pairs of Ray-Ban’s…. I am so predictable.

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Have you found a bathing suit that has changed your life forever more? I would put that thrill up there with finding an amazing hair stylist who just gets you and buying a pair of shoes that are super attractive but magically don’t destroy your feet. Maybe that’s just me.

photographs – Jesse Sand

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