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Swimsuit shopping

Friday, June 24, 2011

I've been wearing the same swimsuit now for about ten years. Maybe twelve. In that time, my weight has fluctuated up and down sixty pounds. The inner lining is still in great shape! However, the outside part can easily be stretched over a foot all of the way around! emoticon. Might be time for a new one.

Since this one lasted so long, I decided to go back to the same place and buy a similar suit. I threatened my kids that I was going to get a string bikini. My sweet dear son told me that the thought of his mother in a string bikini made him want to puke. emoticon. Nice kid, huh?

Anyway, I was looking for a tank-style suit with upper body support that was flattering (well, relatively flattering. After all, it is a swimsuit!). As soon as I walked in, one of the sales people came over and asked me if I needed any help. I explained what I wanted and she directed me to the right rack. She even guessed my size right! Of course she was about 18 and a size zero, but I let that slide off my back. I was 18 once. I'm much happier at...more than 18! emoticon

The sales lady explained the differences in some of the suits and then went away to let me check them out on my own (plus two kids). I grabbed about eight suits and tried them all on. The first suit, a dark purple tank with cross straps in the back, was a maybe. Then a whole bunch of "no's"! The last suit was a dark blue tank with white piping. The straps were actually two straps each (white) and crossed in the back. It comes up high enough in the front that I feel comfortable moving around in it. That was the winner!

I got dressed, gathered the kids, paid for my suit and walked out of there one happy shopper! Oh...and the suit was on sale! I paid about $40 less than I had planned! Win- win for me! Now...time to hit the water park!
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    i usually leave swim suit shopping feeling defeated.
    2412 days ago
    Way to go, Barb! I bought a swimsuit this year, too! I just adopted the mindset that I was buying "exercise equipment" not fashion. Now I just have to get up the nerve to wear it. . . .
    2427 days ago
    Ugg, I hate bathing suit shopping...think mine...a 2 piece tank a little too big is about 10 years old now too.
    But since I rarely go swimming, I guess I'll just put off shopping for one a little longer, haha.
    And your son's comment? Reminds me of one my son made a couple years ago when I threatened to buy a red leather mini-skirt and jacket at the thrift store, haha. Not quite the same, but close. His classic quote? "Ew, Ma, that's just WRONG!"
    2429 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2011 1:13:25 PM
    I want to see a picture! I hope you have fun at the water park!
    2430 days ago
    What? No pictures?
    2432 days ago
    Good for you! I bought a swimsuit recently, too, and had a similar experience. I thought the sales staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. I had my dear sister with me, too, so that helped. Enjoy that water park with your kids!
    2432 days ago
    Uh oh. You just reminded me that we're going to Florida in a week and I haven't tried on my suits in quite some time.
    2432 days ago
    You're stylin' now! Last time I went swimsuit shopping I had a meltdown right in the dressing room. Wasn't a pretty sight. Enjoy the water park this summer!!!
    2432 days ago
    Isnt it a great feeling to be able to have the victory of being able to fit into so many different suits?!?!

    Way to go Barb
    2432 days ago
    Good for you!! Not since high school have I smiled after buying a swimsuit!!!! Sounds cute!! Have fun!
    2432 days ago
    How often does one walk out of the swimsuit shop, happy and smiling?
    Well done to you
    2432 days ago
    Good job on the swimsuit. Enjoy your Summer in it.
    2433 days ago
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