Oh btw, since I am feeling so brave and bold, I uploaded a picture of me in my suit... so you can see how this one particular style looks on "a real person in a real environment" and not on a model posed just-so in a studio :) Just check my sparkpage photo gallery.
I did find that the swimsuit sizes at the "regular" store did NOT match up with my clothing size. I'm currently wearing 16w and 18 regular. At the "normal" store, I tried on suits that were 18, 20, 22... NO CHANCE.
I then went to Penningtons, where they size in x, 1x, 2x, 3x... and found I fit very nicely into an x bottom and 1x top. Go figure.
IT IS SO WORTH IT TO SHOP IN THE STORE AS OPPOSED TO ONLINE. I tried on so many bathing suits, and even when shopping the same-size/same-brand, some styles truly were horrendously unflattering, and other styles were rather cute... I would pull things off the rack thinking it would be adorable, and I'd put it on and feel like a troll. I'd pick something else that I thought looked a little ridiculous, put it on, and heyyy not bad!!! So even though I cannot say the shopping experience was anything resembling "fun" - I would highly recommend doing so. If i had purchased based on the pictures modelled in an online catalogue, I can pretty much guarantee I would have bought the "wrong suit"... and undoubtedly would have blamed myself for being "fat/ugly" and not the suit for being "wrong style for my body."
I am happy to report that the suit I bought was a grand success on my recent trip to Maui. I pretty much did not take it off for a whole week lol. I even went *hiking* in a rainstorm wearing nothing but my bathing suit and a pair of hiking sandals! And other people saw! And I didn't care! I walked all over the place IN PUBLIC without feeling the need to hide under an oversized beach towel or other cover-up. How revolutionary :)
5/18/13 2:45 P
I buy swimsuits from Land's End. They have a huge selection that conceal and enhance body parts. They are pricey but mine last for years. If you don't like what you ordered, return it to a Sears store to avoid paying postage.
Here's the link. Look at the left column to find your best fit.
I have to buy separates cause I'm bigger on top than bottom. Makes it more expensive. I also try to top in a bra size for support and proper fit. If I don't the top is either too small to cover the girls or I have alot of extra material around my waist. A couple years ago when I was a little bigger I ordered a swimsuit from a website called alwaysforme and I loved that swimsuit. I wish they made them in regular sizes. They really sucked me in and made me look smaller. Got so many compliments on it. I was unsure of buying one online but i read all the reviews and description to see how the fit ran and got a great fit the first try. Would buy one of those again if they made them smaller.
I hate shopping for swimsuits because I am top heavy and bottom heavy... I generally by a two piece (tankini top and skirt or boy short bottoms so I stay covered). Try things on, have fun and realize what you've accomplished! Going from a 26 to a 16 is WOW!
5/16/13 8:05 A
I love the advice about the high heals and shaving the legs. Remember when Kirstie Alley went on Oprah in her bathing suit? She wasn't small but she rocked it. So when you try on the suit, pick out a cute coverup too and be ready to strut your stuff. You have done amazing and you should be so proud of yourself! No one really looks perfect and I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised when you find that right suit that fits and looks right and with a cute coverup, I think you'll be walking with confidence and this WILL be your summer in a suit! You go, girl!! You have done amazing!!
5/16/13 7:28 A
for your loss!!
I am almost as old as dirt, and have faced many years of swimsuit shopping. (ugh!) I totally agree with what the pp have said. It is not at all unusual to need a larger size in a swimsuit, than you do in jeans-- though probably not as big a difference as you got, with your measurements. You really need to go try stuff on. You have to get past the number on the tag, and just concentrate on finding what is flattering.
Until you know for sure (because you've tried that brand on, in the store) I wouldn't recommend ordering from a catalog or online.
I'm also fond of separates-- tankini top and whatever bottom is appropriate. Could be a bikini type bottom, or boylegs, or a little miniskirt. At my age I think the little skirt looks good. (Separates also make a trip to the potty a LOT easier.)
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5/15/13 11:04 A
Congratulations!! That is huge and you should celebrate your accomplishments! Losing ten sizes is wonderful. Feel good look good I always say!
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5/15/13 9:16 A
Yeah for you! You must be feeling great about your success!
Sizes in swimsuits are whacked. I can easily go up or down 2 sizes depending on the brand. I definitely agree with the other posters that you should go try stuff on.
Also, if you don't mind spending a few more $$, you may want to test out separates. I get my best fit when I can buy my top in one size & one bottom in another. They are SO many options right now in separates, ranging from modest to ...umm...not so modest LOL.
Separates also tend to be a little more forgiving both with weight-loss and weight-gain. One of my favorite sets (scoop neck tankini top & miniskirted bottom) still looks pretty good on me this year, even though I'm down about 25 lbs from last summer.
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5/14/13 11:21 P
Good Housekeeping magazine put there seal of approval on Wal-Mart's Catalina swim suit selling for $15. I have not gone to check them out. I get some of my suits at Duck' s Sporting store. Hope you find something that you like. Go for it!!!!!!!!
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2,387 5/14/13 10:26 P
Okay, first thing you have to do is shave your legs and other areas. It's been a long, cold winter. Then do your hair and make up..you want to look good! A tan helps because it has been a long, cold winter and if you are like me your legs haven't seen sunlight in months. (Panty hose helps cut down on the glare or sunglasses) Wear a pair of sexy heels that will make your legs look longer ....
Have a stiff drink...and shop you drop!
At least that is my routine! Good luck and hae fun.
I highly recommend shopping in a store. How fun is that you are getting a bathing suit. Nice accomplishment. I also suggest high end dept store with lots of choices. Enjoy your shopping!
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3,099 5/14/13 6:41 P
No advice from me...
However, if you want to keep this in a really (!) nice perspective, look up the Spark Blog that "Bunnykicks" has. I think it was late April that she posted a wonderfully entertaining Blog on shopping for her swimsuit!....
"Descent into my personal hell - swimsuit shopping - 4/27/2013"
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 5/14/2013 (18:44)
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5/14/13 5:49 P
One size does NOT fit all. Bathing suits are like jeans or bras. You're going to have to try on a bunch before you find the right fit. There is no standardization when it comes to women's clothing. I've complained about this for years. Size 16 in Old Navy is different from size 16 in Ralph Lauren which is different from size 16 from Levi's.
Try on different suits because you'll also find that a particular style of bathing suit may look better than others. Here's a link you might find helpful as far as figuring out what suit suits your figure.
Oh and be ready for sticker shock ! The prices of bathing suits is absolutely INSANE. So, you might check out places like Target, Sears and Walmart before going to Macy's. Here's your other problem when it comes to finding the right bathing suit, price. It's the beginning of the season, so bathing suits are going to be pricey.
However, you might get lucky if the stores put out some of last years fashions. I'm always amazed at what bathing suits cost.
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120 5/14/13 5:30 P
Chances are if you are wearing 16's, you do NOT really need a 24W. Buying online is soooo hard to do. I know going to the store to try on swimsuits is intimidating to say the least, BUT it probably is your best bet. You could go to a department store that has lots of styles and cuts and all of that...Who knows, you might try one on and find out you need to grab a smaller size. That would be fun. And not something you can do online.
Forget what the label says! No one will look inside your bathing suit. Shop for ideas online, and then by all means go to the stores and start trying things on. The hardest thing will be ignoring that label, but do it!
5/14/13 4:38 P
Ok peeps! I have gone from a size 26 to a 16 with still more to go! I have come to the conclusion that this summer is the year I will get that bathing suit! Problem is - what size to buy? I took my measurements and according to the size chart I am a 24W! What?? My size 16 jeans are barley hanging on! Not ready yet to go to a store and try on so I am looking on line. Any suggestions?
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