Sunday, September 21, 2014

Journey Girl Meredith Trying on a Swimsuit

Our Generation Swimsuit

Swimsuits for dolls have not really been an outfit that I have looked for.  You can’t really use them for anything other than swim outfits (some of them can be used with leggings to look like a gymnastics outfit).  They are usually just as expensive as any of the other outfits that are sold and they have a lot less to them.  The big one has always been that the fabric body of the doll looks ridiculous with a swimsuit on.  That is why the Journey Girls are awesome!  The vinyl breastplate makes it so that swimwear looks more appropriate. 

Our Generation Swimsuit
Just an FYI…if you are going to actually have the doll in the water with the swimsuit on, make sure you wash it first.  There is some color transfer if you don't wash it.  Also soak the vest and let it air dry to avoid color transfer.  Also note that it will take a good amount of time to dry out the doll if she gets wet.  Make sure you wash the fabric part of her body with a small amount of laundry soap (very diluted), squeeze as much water out, and then let her dry for 3 days or so.  

Our Generation has taken care of one of my other concerns; cost.  They released a swimsuit for $12.99.  That doesn’t sound cheap (especially considering you can get a Springfield swimsuit for about $4), but lets look at what it comes with; goggles, a towel, life vest, jelly flip-flops, three shells, and a starfish.  That is a good deal! 

Our Generation Swimsuit on Journey Girl Meredith
The swimsuit in this set is a blue and white, horizontally striped, full body swimsuit.  One of the shoulder straps is thicker and flows up from the suit.  The other strap is thinner and is sewn to the suit.  There is a pink fabric flower on the thicker strap.  The whole suit is made out of a stretchy material like a real swimsuit.  The suit has no Velcro, it just stretches to fit Meredith.  The fit is perfect.  I don’t like the flower on the shoulder.  I would have much rather seen a ruffle around the waist.  It is still cute though.

Meredith with her life vest and seashells
The life vest is my favorite part of this set.  It has material in it that makes it so that it floats.  It has a zipper up the front and two straps that have actual quick release (or side release) buckles in the front.  What I love about the life vest is how real it is.  Your little girl’s life vest is going to look very similar to Meredith’s.  It’s a great way to teach safety to kids.  Plus it is so dang cute!

Meredith with her goggles on.
The other thing that I like a lot in this set are the goggles.  They don’t quite fit the spacing of Meredith’s eyes, but don’t look bad at all.  I like that they seem to be made out of the same materials that real goggles are made out of.  Meredith looks like she is ready to swim for hours in her suit, vest, and goggles.

All of the other accessories are just nice add-ons.  The shoes are my favorite Our Generation shoes.  The fit wonderfully, they are super cute, and they go with this outfit and many others really well.  The sea shells and starfish are cute. The towel is nothing special, but it is nice to have something for Meredith to lay down on at the beach.  I would have loved a little pail and shovel and a pair of sunglasses in this set, but the accessories that it comes with are great!  



All of the accessories that come with the Our Generation swimsuit.



Rating
All ratings are out of 10

Value 9 – I would give this a 10, but I would love to pay $10 for the set.  As I said before $12 is not bad, but $10 is better!  I love all of the things you get with this outfit.  It is a good value, one of the better ones for the Our Generation line.  A much better value than the Journey Girls swimsuit set (look for a review later on that set)

Fitment 10 – This is the best fitting Our Generation outfit I have seen.  That is probably because it is a stretchable material.  The suit fits great, the life vest is a perfect fit, and the shoes actually fit well.  Awesome for an outfit that is made for a completely different size doll.

Versatility 5 – It's a swimsuit!  Maybe you can use it as a dance outfit or a gymnastics outfitbut it is really just a swimsuit.  The shoes can be used with a lot of summer outfits.  And the shells and towel can be used with other things.  By and large though…this is a one trick pony.  Which is exactly what you expect from a swimsuit.  I know I don't ever buy a swimsuit thinking I can wear it out for dinner.

Cuteness 8 – How can you not like this outfit.  That vest is so darn cute!  And those gogglescome on!  Too cute!  I like the swimsuit, but would have loved it with a ruffle.  Still awesome!

Overall 9 – Buy this!  No, it is not as versatile as other outfits.  No, you probably aren't going to use it that often, especially since Journey Girls have a cloth body.  But (I think I may have said this already)it is CUTE!  I will say that it is not always easy to find at Targetso if you see it grab it.  You may be able to buy it from Target.com, but their stock changes often.  I think it is worth looking for though, especially if your little one wants to take her favorite doll to the beach.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Love this set. This is so cute! I'd be a bit fearfull of her going Swiming but it's also great for going boating