I have wildly conflicted ideas about swimsuits, swimwear, and bathing suits.
Do you want to hear about it?
Here's the thing -
I pretty much feel that people should wear whatever they are comfortable wearing at the beach.
Yeah, sure, we all have crazy looking bodies and none of us is really comfortable in any of the bathing suits available to us - I, for one, have gone swimwear shopping dozens of times in my life and I'm never really happy.
I've read those articles that describe what sort of suit would be good for my body (which happens to have 'problem zones' both on top and on the bottom) and I try on a variety of suits.
I even try on a few that I wouldn't expect to look flattering: just in case.
I've been to those fancy shops too, where the tiny German lady tells you you have a beautiful figure and pinches and squeezes you into an Ann Cole suit and then does alterations on the thing and it ends up being a couple of hundred dollars.
Calvin Klein makes the best suits for me - they don't bind or make my legs look more sausage-y than they already are, and he often makes a suit with a skirt - which I like very much.
But if you are comfortable in a bikini and you wear one and are confident, I think that's great.
If you are comfortable in one of those Miracle Suits that fit like latex and wear one, bravo.
And, as I may have mentioned in the past, if you want to wear nothing at all on the beach I have no problem with that either. (But, do me a favor? Try not to bend over so much - bending over naked is bad naked.)
So, that having been said, my position on the swimming clothes is a little tricky -
I have no real problem with being at the beach naked, if it's that kind of beach, but I'm not really a bikini kind of girl. (But remember, it's okay with me if you are, no matter what you look like, or what kind of shape you are in.)
As I have aged I have decided:
1. If I'm not comfortable sitting, playing or swimming in a tiny bathing suit all day then I'm not wearing one.
2. Naked is fine if that's the beach I'm at.
3. I'm wearing board shorts and a tankini top.
That's right - at the beach, even though I BELIEVE IT IS TOTALLY COOL FOR YOU TO WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT, I will either be naked, or WEARING PANTS AND A SHIRT.
I've even been known to wear a rash guard and board shorts.
It's terribly comfortable.
And, the last, very sad detail in my demented story is:
Cheap bathing suits are never worth the money. Or, more precisely, THEY ARE WORTH EVERY CENT YOU SPEND.
My $16.00 Target tankini with the skirt and THE DAMNED FOAM CUPS is unbearable to wear: from its scratchy stitching to its ability to absorb the entire ocean directly into the foam cups and hold it there so it can drip for HOURS ON END.
I feel so centered now.