I’ve done a lot of talking about buying a new swimsuit but never actually did it. Me and swimsuit trying on/buying are not friends anyway and the old one piece I had was still looking pretty good and fitting well.
It’s not that I don’t love being in or near the water. I just dread the trying on swimsuits and freak in a dressing room because every suit revealed way too more of me that I wanted to show. Ever. Plus do they have to use the worst mirrors ever in dressing rooms? Do they get a deal from fun house mirrors or something?
This year I took the plunge and went shopping for a swimsuit, mainly because the Sodbuster (the new man in my life) spends a good deal of summer leisure time on the water, and the sun and chlorine had wrecked the old suit I felt comfortable wearing.
The good news is there are plenty of styles available, from string bikinis to one piece to swim dresses. The trouble was deciding what I wanted and then finding something to fit.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is price doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a quality suit. I stick with a noted brand because those do tend to last. Also, I ruled out me in a bikini or monokini or any thing bearing a resemblance to either. Even if I had ever looked good more naked than clothed, wearing one is just not me.
Second I was tired of a one piece and wanted something different, but not so different as a swim dress. That has too much of an old Victorian feel to it, plus I looked frumpy in one. Maybe if I added a hat? Kidding. The swim dress has it’s place but it’s just not me.
I went for a tankini style and found two that 1) fit and 2) were becoming on my body. Also I opted for boy shorts over the very brief bikini bottoms or the swim skirt. And because I am a dirt magnet, I chose something with colorful tops and black bottoms instead of all white.
Now that I’ve taken the plunge and bought two swimsuits, I am very relieved and a bit excited to show them off. Well, at least to one special someone in my life.
What about you? Most of us dread the swimsuit buying ordeal, but what’s your reason? Have you opted to buy new this year? Change your style?