I hate swimsuits. And why shouldn’t I? There is no part of my body that can by made more appealing by showing more of it. Clothes are my friend. But I cannot escape swimming pools. I have children. I live in a warm climate. I just have to suck it up (and suck it in!) for now.
This summer was the first time I’ve had to deal with this issue in quite a while. Last year my toddler was still more of a baby, so it was hard to take her to the pool. I was still breastfeeding her, so most of the pool duties for my older daughter fell on my husband. The year before, the baby was a newborn. So again, my husband had pool duty.
When pool season started this year, I didn’t even own a swimsuit that fit. My body doesn’t have much of a shape to it, so it is in my best interest to wear swimsuits meant for athletic purposes (not to mention that when I am at the pool attending to my children, it is a pretty athletic endeavor). I wanted to go to a particular store to try on some more athletically designed suits, but time wasn’t on my side so I had to settle for what I could find at my friendly neighborhood Target. I ended up with a top that is kind of cute but not really comfortable and some bottoms that look two sizes too big.
To get a clear picture of my issues (NO, I am not going to post a picture of me in the swimsuit – if you read my blog, you should know better), you must know some of my basic requirements for a swimsuit:
- I’m not entirely comfortable showing my midsection. I have had two children and I have a 10″ inch scar running vertically down my abdomen – can you blame me?
- I really don’t want to show my ass either. Maybe I’m strange that way, but I just don’t feel comfortable in social situations wearing something that covers no more than my underwear does.
- Underwire is complicated; it doesn’t alway sit where it should with my physique.
- I need a two piece. I feel trapped in a one piece.
|Suits from the 1920s (image from Fashion-era.com)|
OK – the 1920s may be a bit of a stretch, but it would still be nice to find something with a little more coverage. I understand that I can get retro looking suits. I’ve done the Google. But I really don’t want to look like I’m on my way to a costume party when I am at my suburban pool, and those styles really suit a figure more curvy than mine anyway. The retro style suits that don’t look costumey? Still show quite a bit of booty for my modest preferences.
|Cute? Absolutely. But too much booty for me. (Find it here.)|
I finally made it to the store with the athletic swimsuits and settled on a two piece that has a sporty tank-top style top and a skirted bottom that (just barely) covers my tush. Is it sexy? Not really. But that’s not what I’m going for right now. With two young children who can’t really swim on their own yet, I need something functional that won’t flash the neighborhood when I’m wrestling with my toddler.
And one more thing: why do all my mom friends look so cute in their swim suits? Am I the only one who has issues? I think the real problem is my friends are too cute and fit. I may need to get rid of them. They are totally cramping my style. My “sporty-don’t-look-at-my-flesh-or-lack-of-curves” style.