Let’s talk girl to girl here … there’s not a lot of fabric standing between your body and the change room mirror when you’re shopping for swimsuit.
It’s a fitting room situation designed to bring all our body issues together for one giant pity party for one.
I’m not much for pity parties so before shopping for a swimsuit, I give myself a good and proper talking to.
Self, I say, it’s time you and I had a talk. I want to go to the beach and swim with my kids at the pool and I really, really would like you to not stop me from doing that. Please don’t give me “that” look in the mirror. I know my body isn’t (Miranda) Kerr-fect but it’s not bad for an old chook. It’s produced three kids, so that’s got to be good for something, right?
Right, now that little pep talk is out of the way, it’s time to actually look at what’s available for a woman of a *certain* age whose bikini days
have passed her by were never there in the first place. And you know what? There’s actually LOTS available.
Thanks to the resurgence of all things vintage, swimwear is no longer just for those seeking skimpy.
Here are five you might like to check out for yourself.
Hello sailor! I do love me a little nautical action and this one from Kiargo is a great style if you like to be a bit more active in the surf or even swim laps. It’s got great sucker-in-er features with double layered fabric too. If your bust is bigger, wear a couple of the buttons undone for a more flattering neckline.
See the ruching there? Yep, ruching is your tummy’s best swimwear friend. Not only do these from Nancy Ganz (yes, the do swimwear as well!) create a gorgeous silhouette, but they are made from a pretty powerful control fabric. The ruching is the icing on the cake, creating an illusion as to what’s actually under that fabric. It’s designed to be worn with or without the adjustable straps.
I love the swimwear that Australian label Gorman released this summer. There’s not a lot left but if this is your thing then I’d snap up a pair while they’re reduced. Don’t be afraid of the pattern. No siree. A pattern actually works to disguise any lumps and bumps and this pattern is seriously GROOV-AY.
Bombshell Bay arrived on the swimwear scene last year and already has made a (really sorry for the pun) splash. The reason: the swimsuits are simple, yet inspired by Hollywood starlets of the 1950s and ’60s. They’re made for women with shape. Miss Marilyn has that ruching I talked about above. The gorgeous silhouette is enough to make you pull out the red lippy … for the beach!
There’s something about polkadots. There really is. And this swimsuit has the cute vintage factor written all over it. It’s more for a small-busted woman but there is some great illusion work going on with the panels of the spots. See how the side panels have smaller spots? That’s like having a mag editor photoshop your hips off but in a more ethical way.
What do you think? Do you find it difficult to find a swimsuit you feel good in? Want to share a favourite brand or swimsuit you’ve found this summer?
PS. Come over and see what I’ve been blogging about on Justb. with the fabulous Pip Lincolne.