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Friday, June 06, 2008

I give up on finding a bathing suit

Like most women, I find shopping for bathing suits to be one of the most humiliating and frustrating things you can do. I hate it, you hate it, we all hate it.

They don't make bathing suits for my body type. I'm very long in the torso. Like ridiculously long. So every suit that fits widthwise does not fit lengthwise. I can't set the top to go over my boobs. I can't get the straps up over my shoulders. For years I wore an bandeau type bathing suit, but they don't make those anymore. Because the swimsuit manufacturers want to kill me.

Today the Girl and I went shopping for bathing suits. She's like a perfect size 4 and she can wear almost any bikini. She found two that she liked, tried them on, and then had the hardest time deciding over which one to get.

Me? Oh I found about 5 suits that I wanted to try on. But not one of them was long enough in the torso. Not one. There was one suit that was great on the bottom, but the tip was either horribly mismarked or I'm a freak. I couldn't even get the top on. It was that small.

What depresses me is that after a large weight loss, you would think I'd find something that I liked that fit me. You would be so wrong. So very very mistaken.

There's a bathing suit store around the corner from us, and they're one of those stores that sells separates so you can find a top and a bottom that will obstensibly fit you. I went there. Hah! They lie. Lie like rugs. Sure, if I could (and believe me, I can't) wear a bikini, I might be able to find something that fit both top and bottom. Of course I would also be arrested for indecent exposure and my punishment would be to restrict me to never wearing a bathing suit again.

I have looked in catalogs and there are a lot of creepy suits with shorts for bottoms. Nope, not for me. I want a bathing suit, not a pair fof spandex shorts.

This year I've found shorts for the first time in years. I know that many women won't even consider wearing shorts, but I'm not amongst them. I like shorts. Bermuda length, of course. Plus they make me look like I have an actual butt. I don't. It's flatter than a pancake. But I don't want to wear shorts. I want a bathing suit. The lake by us opens next week and I'm planning to swim there all summer. It's going to be in the 90's this weekend. I'd like to hit the pool, but without a bathing suit, I think I'm going to be on the sidelines...again.

All I ask for is a bit of spandex covering my lady bits. Is this too much to expect?

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Blogger Rhiannon said...

Have you heard of this company called Modbe? They apparently make suits that fit "hard to fit bodies" I'm wanting to try them because I also have a really long torso, small top, but big hips.

6/6/08 10:57 PM  
Blogger Geohde said...

Bathing. suit. shopping........

Three words that make my blood run cold with dread and shudder involuntarily.

I wish you the best of luck in your quest,


(thank you for your comment, btw)

8/6/08 6:24 AM  

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