I consider myself to be a fairly body-confident woman. I enjoy my body’s curves. Even though I would like to lose some weight around my tummy, I don’t want to hide myself, either. I’m not confident enough to wear a traditional bikini, though, so come summertime, I’ve always just rocked a one-piece — it covers said tummy and also because I don’t want to worry about a bikini top splashing away. One-pieces never looked particularly good or particularly bad on me; they were usually just whatever Old Navy was selling that season.
It wasn’t until I got fitted for a cherry-colored bathing suit (above) by Fit 4 U — a special two-piece designed to hide tummies — that I found a bathing suit that I genuinely love. It’s a tankini top with ruffles down the middle and matching bottoms. First of all, it looked like cute lingerie, but it still appropriate for the beach. Second of all, the ruffles are feminine and fun but not too “foofy.” Third, it hid my tummy without looking like some kind of obvious Spanx-type situation. And fourth, it made my boobs look awesome, too! I went away for a weekend with my husband and I was genuinely excited to wear this bathing suit in the hot tub. (FWIW, he thinks it’s cute, too.) Keep reading »
Don’t let the shitty weather fool you. According to most major women’s clothing purveyors, it is bathing suit season. Maybe it’s on account of it being “Spring Breakers” all over the place (“sprang break! sprang break! sprang break!”), but a surprising portion of this year’s swimsuits seem to be rather tickety-tackety. But don’t take our word for it! Click through to see some of the fringiest, funniest and deeply unappealing swimwear of 2013.
We’ve been so happy to see the huge variety of swimsuits available today (remember when everyone had to choose between a string bikini or an old lady one piece?), and we’re especially excited about the resurgence of retro style swimsuits. Here are 10 fabulous options in every size, shape, and color, guaranteed to make you look like a 50s film star lounging poolside. Just add cat eye sunglasses, a wide brim hat, and a cabana boy to fetch you a Mai Tai!
“I was like, What is that? It’s like a diaper. It’s terrible. Who can look good in that? When I moved to the United States, I used to have bathing suits brought up from Colombia. There’s nothing slutty about a dental-floss bikini. You don’t even think about it. The first bathing suit your mother buys you is in the shape of a triangle.”
– Sofia Vergara tells Esquire about her shock and confusion when confronted with American swimsuits, which are positively puritan compared to the preferred styles in Colombia. [via A-Line]
This plaid necktie bikini (available on Etsy for $79) is either the most formal swimsuit ever or the least formal business casual outfit in history. It’s giving me a pretty severe bout of cognitive dissonance. How does the Man Panel feel about it? Read on to find out…
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These swimsuits from Australian fashion house We Are Handsome prove that not all cats shirk away from taking a dip in the pool. [We Are Handsome] Keep reading »
Purchasing a swimsuit is something that most women stress about at some point in their lives. It doesn’t help that every magazine on stands at this time of year has a headline that screams something containing the words “BIKINI BODY!!!!!!” What does that mean anyway? For the curvaceous among us, it can be a truly frustrating experience as cute options for the zaftig body type can be limited. For the bodacious ladies, here are 17 super cute swimsuits for busty, bootylicious, broads to rock on the beach this summer.
My bikini has been through the ringer — two summers ago, I learned how to surf in it; I wore it every weekend to the beach in Long Island the summer after; in December, I rocked it on a week-long vacation in Mexico. It’s so faded and stretched out that when I went to the beach this weekend and dove in the ocean to cool off, the bottoms were pulled almost entirely off by the force of the relatively small wave. It’s time for a new bikini (I prefer them to one-pieces) and preferably one that I can swim in. Here are 12 cute options that hopefully won’t leave me — or you — indecently exposed.
From the horrific wood paneling to the kitschy plastic heart belt buckle, this swimsuit is a dead ringer for my grandma’s attic. The major difference? My grandma used to pay me $2 to help organize her attic, but this swimsuit will run you $120. I think I’ll pass. [via ModCloth]
P.S. Click here for some modern one-piece suits that could be described with adjectives like “fun” and “cute” instead of “grandma’s attic-y.” Keep reading »
The second the weather is warm enough to warrant wearing the occasional pair of flip-flops, we start daydreaming about the beach. That means fantasizing about what we’ll wear while frolicking in the frigid waves of the Atlantic. We’ve got our eyes on this hot little retro-ish number from J. Crew which has the lovely sounding name of “Plumeria.” We plan on donning this adorable suit with a straw fedora and big glamour girl shades — and a high SPF, of course. Summer, hurry your ass up!