you lot stressing about BIKINIS? LISTEN

(126 Posts)
EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 16:08:24

I was at a beach today. in ENGERLAND and there were all sorts of shapes and ages wearing bikinis

dont let them brow beat us into only letting 1% of the population " celebrate our curves" wink

Wear and damn them all!

MrsLettuce Mon 08-Jul-13 16:09:42

Hear, hear!

But, if you want to wear a one piece, don't feel bad about that either.

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 16:11:15

no - honestly though it was toddler central( I even felt wistful!) and there were LOADS of all sorts of bits
and older women looking ace

we do this to ourselves sometimes

( do make sure swimwear fits though fgs)

and I reserve right to be judgy about frigging tattoos - they are beyond gopping


And wear whatchoo like anyway. There is s thread in S and BERATING fat wimmim for wearing maxi dresses, it's BEYOND a joke apparently. No mention of the fact that v few look the bees knees in a maxi dress anyway. Grr.

And lol at you feeling wistful at toddlers, you loon!

dexter73 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:38:18

I agree 100% with you on this (apart from the wistful looks at toddlers!).

noddyholder Mon 08-Jul-13 16:52:35

Haha i like my tattoo

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:01:59

you cannot have a tramp stamp

PLEASE no dolphin jumping over your ankle bone


NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 08-Jul-13 17:09:08

Saw this quote the other day:

How to get a bikini body?
Get a bikini, put it on.

I liked it.

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:13:18

You are SO right

noddyholder Mon 08-Jul-13 17:14:13

I have a small star on my upper arm had it done in india 30 years ago Tramp how v dare you?

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:16:24

oh thats VINTAGE noddoid.

* gavel * wink

noddyholder Mon 08-Jul-13 17:18:17

grin People always a bit shock when they see It reminds me of a couple of years of real hedonism and selfishness which is long gone

noddyholder Mon 08-Jul-13 17:19:18

Getting back to the subject though bikinis look fine on anyone as long as you keep them ON THE BEACH (some shockers in brighton shopping)

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:20:03

oh ffs yes, and your beach not even really so.. beachy.

I must admit today there were very few faux pas.

noddyholder Mon 08-Jul-13 17:22:04

Ours is just pebble I never go there but lovely beach ten mins up the road and 80% in bikinis and most of them over 60

oliviafrombolivia Mon 08-Jul-13 17:30:24

I sat on a beach in Spain a couple of years ago in my suck it all in one piece, looked around me to see Spanish women, some very beautiful and slim, but also elderly women letting it all hang out in bikini's - some even topless (most). I realised - I was the only one in a one piece. No one was looking at me, no one was looking at anyone else.. I was the odd one out if anyone.

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 17:38:37


Pantone363 Mon 08-Jul-13 18:10:12

A well fitted bikini (underwire and full bikini top well breasted ones) trumps the generic black debenhams cossie any day of the week.

Our beach was full of :women in denim Capri pants and spaghetti vests, men in loose Capri pants and Vespa/band tshirts purchased by the wife, kids in factor 50 and neon sun suits.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 08-Jul-13 19:02:53

I am fat as butter at the moment but am still wearing a bikini. One pieces make me feel suffocated.

I am so with you Eliot on bikinis. But toddlers - no thank you.

3hens Mon 08-Jul-13 19:16:07

Absolutely agree on the bikini. (Also agree a little bit on the toddlers)
At this ripe old age, I have started wearing bikinis, having finally realised that NO ONE GIVES A DAMN and I could stop being strangled in my one-piece, guilt-free. Liberation!!!

noddyholder Mon 08-Jul-13 19:28:37

I like a strapless one piece too. AM still out on underwiring on a beach for comfort reasons although i have worn one

celticclan Mon 08-Jul-13 21:07:32

I think bikinis are far more flattering than swimsuits but you wouldn't get me in either at the moment.

I suffer from that British problem of not dressing appropriately for the occasion. I once sat on Bournemouth beach on the hottest day of the year wearing an overcoat.

NoComet Mon 08-Jul-13 21:41:58

I hate, hate, hate bikinis. Stupid impractical things.

The purpose of swim wear is to swim in, not worry it's going to fall off and get you sun burnt.

I hated the one my now DH convinced me to buy when I was a 20 year old size 12, I'm certainly not buying one 25 years later!!

I shall wear on the beach my nice comfy speedo costume , no underwired, no padding, proper racer back and be damned!

EliotNess Mon 08-Jul-13 21:52:06

Lol. Swimwear for swimming. Vollocks

charitygirl Mon 08-Jul-13 22:27:12

No matter how mum my tum may look I will never wear a one piece on the beach - after a swim I want to minimise the amount of wet fabric on my body, not have a big pointless strip of it right across me.

NoComet Tue 09-Jul-13 11:02:29

But tum and back are just extra area to burn, need sun cream and therefore collect sand.

Bikini pants, fall down, halter neck tops rub on the back of your neck, there is absolutely nothing to like about bikinis, except you can go to the loo, slightly more easily.

You can do that in a tanki. Finding a nice tanki is a more difficult task, I grant you.

LifeofPo Tue 09-Jul-13 11:08:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hillyhilly Tue 09-Jul-13 11:13:59

I only realised this last year, have been wearing one pieces for 8 yrs (since dd even though in better shape than before kids and no stretch marks, sorry).
I looked around me and felt like a complete frump!
I now have 3, but still haven't resolved the problem of white under boob shadows-!)

snoworneahva Tue 09-Jul-13 12:09:13

You want to wear a bikini go for it but don't wear one because you're terrified everyone will think you're a frump in a one piece, that's just as bad as wearing a one piece because of what you think people will say about you wearing a bikini. Be gone swimwear fascists - wear whatever you like and to hell with them all!!

Damnautocorrect Tue 09-Jul-13 12:25:14

Men never seem to care when they strut about with top off beer belly out

dexter73 Tue 09-Jul-13 13:22:07

I think you have bought bikini pants that are too big if they fall down! Do you have the same trouble with normal pants?

LeGavrOrf Tue 09-Jul-13 13:26:29

Bloody hell at you looking wistfully at toddlers. grin

I held a baby a few weeks ago and when she started crying I was terrified. You wouldn't believe that I had actually had a baby once.

I agree though. Just wear a bloody bikini or whatever you want in this weather. Very sad thread the other day about overweight women feeling compelled to cover up because of their size. Sod that in this heat, just wear whatever is comfortable.

Except maxi dresses.

LeGavrOrf Tue 09-Jul-13 13:28:22

I cannot wear a swimsuit. I am very long waisted and they are never long enough s are very uncomfortable crotch-wise.

I can't look back at the mid 90s and the hey day of the bodysuit without wincing at the memory of those poppers.

Fenton Tue 09-Jul-13 13:29:53

I wear a swimsuit and boardshorts and feel very comfortable that way, - much easier for dashing about the beach after the children without the worry of wobbly bits suddenly being on show.

Each to their own innit.

Fenton Tue 09-Jul-13 13:32:22

Lol LeGav grin

those poppers were never in a comfortable place. And I saw too many cases of people (after a few too many vera's) leaving them unpoppered and flapping out the back

I never did that, oh no. blush

LeGavrOrf Tue 09-Jul-13 13:34:08

Someone on mumsnet once posted that someone left the flappy bits of their body out once when pissed at a party and they had SKIDMARKS on grin

LeGavrOrf Tue 09-Jul-13 13:34:42

Was that you Fenton? grin

Quodlibet Tue 09-Jul-13 13:51:33

I remember in Brazil women of all sizes wear - as the norm - teeny tiny little bikinis. It makes you realise that more fabric is actually very rarely more flattering when it comes to swimwear. I reckon you draw much more attention to yourself self-consciously hoiking around various ineffective cover-up solutions than you do exposing a bit of less-than-firm flesh. No-one really cares what anyone else's midriff looks like.

Fenton Tue 09-Jul-13 13:55:10

NOT ME! no skiddies here, thank you.


Quodlibet Tue 09-Jul-13 13:56:44

Then again, Brazilian bikinis are spectacularly well-engineered compared to British ones. They are small but keep everything in place and don't vanish up your bum or in the sea. Most British high street bikinis are not designed to be up to much more vigorous than standing in a changing room IMO.

gindrinker Tue 09-Jul-13 15:28:10

I'm too pale skinned to get out acres of flesh.
If i did I could single handedly keep nivea sun in business just being in a bikini for a few days.

I'm the person who wears tee-shirts rather than strappy vests too.

hazelnutlatte Tue 09-Jul-13 15:38:08

gindrinker I spent years feeling self conscious about being milk bottle white - then discovered fake tan and wore what I liked. Now I don't wear fake tan any more and have stopped caring what prople think of me, there are plenty of people who look worse than me in a bikini, pale or not!

hazelnutlatte Tue 09-Jul-13 15:39:52

have re read your post and realised yoy are not self conscious, just don't want to burn! Would recommend ultra sun once a day cream then.
And I promise to read further posts properly!

Lays on my trampoline in my back garden in my bikini top

(With size 18 shorts on...granted...)

OrangeLily Tue 09-Jul-13 15:54:02

I've put a bikini on today in the garden but def feeling frumpy, pale and hairy. Hate being pale with really dark hair.

jamaisjedors Tue 09-Jul-13 15:57:52

Nice thread - good timing, I have just been getting stressed at the thought of wearing my new v.expensive bikini on holiday next week, as the bottoms are a bit smaller than I'm used to. My cellulite is bugging me, but I'm thinking, it's not going to get any better, in 10 years I'll kick myself if I don't wear it.

Llareggub Tue 09-Jul-13 16:01:14

I have never worn a bikini. I have issues about my hideous tummy. No amount of cajoling will budge me on this. Even when I was a fit pre teen swimmer I had a bulge tummy. A c section has not helped matters.

MoodyDidIt Tue 09-Jul-13 16:03:59

i think this is a great thread. i stopped wearing bikini's for years after i had my first DC.

as i was CONVINCED that now i no longer had my pre-pregnancy "perfect" washboard tummy i was somehow not allowed and would look disgusting sad

but the last couple of years i have just gone for it and i think i look OK. not perfect, but OK.

Shodan Tue 09-Jul-13 16:08:53

I am also about to brave the beaches in a bikini.

Not such a great issue, I hear you all roar.

But ds1 (17) is going to be with us and will officially DIE!!!!! (Complete with strop/sulk/eye-rolling and refusal to be within a ten metre radius of me)


choceyes Tue 09-Jul-13 16:14:41

2 c-sections in 2 years mean that my tummy is a mess even though I am a size 8. I never had a flat tummy to begin with anyway.
I ordered some bikinis the other day and tried them on and they make me look lumpy and several sizes bigger (i have big norks too).
I bought a retro style one piece and it is soooo much more flattering. Bikini's aren't for me!

MoodyDidIt Tue 09-Jul-13 16:18:41

same here choceyes (not quite in 2 years though but close)

i bet you still look great though, you are a size 8 fgs!!

perservere and i bet you will find one that looks good

i have a neon yellow (i mean DAYGLO) bikini with tassels on the top half. and i like to think people are too blinded by the colour to notice my cs tummy and stretchmarks grin

pooka Tue 09-Jul-13 16:54:32

I just don't like bikins. Not because of body consciousness, but just have never felt comfortable in one. Particularly as most of my holidays are in Cornwall and believe me, I'm thankful of the extra layer of fabric round my middle when I'm pottering on the beach with the dcs. Usually have a hoody on too!

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Tue 09-Jul-13 16:59:38

It's not the size of the tummy per se, or the's the looseness and wibbliness. Standing up it looks reasonably flat, bending over it hangs in a sort of purse effect. I could wear a bikini if I never bent my body at all.

charitygirl Tue 09-Jul-13 18:07:41

Oh mine does that too but honestly - no one's looking!

MoodyDidIt Tue 09-Jul-13 18:15:49

mine too too extra

tbh i think it even did that before the dcs came along grin

fairylightsinthespring Tue 09-Jul-13 21:02:00

2 CS have left me with the dreaded overhang, so I often wear shorts and a bikini top, as either bikini bottoms or a one piece show the "fold" sad

ubik Tue 09-Jul-13 21:13:01

Reporting from the frontline on Majorca:

European womn do not give a monkey's what they look like in a bikini. In fact most seem to stick to just bottoms and key it all hang out.

Frankly if you are a gorgeous 20/30-something you will be noticed - everyone else just gets on with it with saggy bellies, breasts, backsides, varicose veins, stretch marks, scars, hair and everything else.

I wore a bikini, I am a size 10 (12 after holiday blush and have had 3 CS, my tummy is lumpy stretch marked and scarred. And I the end I just thought fuck it, bought a bikini I liked and wore it with pride.

Shodan Tue 09-Jul-13 22:07:46

Good to know, ubik- am off there in 3.5 weeks. I think I'll keep my top on though.


ubik Tue 09-Jul-13 22:10:25

Yes I did too wink


Rexy Tue 09-Jul-13 22:37:23

My problem is back fat at the bra line iykwim - does it matter ?

I'm a size 12 otherwise .

GreyGardens Tue 09-Jul-13 22:42:45

Rather a bikini than a toddler any day. The point of a bikini is to have a tanned stomach, better fat and brown than fat and pale (speaking for self), it's not about the actual swimming!
Having said that if I was back to my halcyon size 8-10 days I would go to fucking work in a bikini wink

Quodlibet Tue 09-Jul-13 22:47:45

Back fat at the bra line does not matter. <gavel>
Nor does cellulite, c-section scars, wibbly tummies, stretchmarks or any of the other perceived flaws.
My mum said when she was young, cellulite hadn't been invented. Everyone had it but there wasn't a word for it and no-one was worried about it, because it is normal.

Ilanthe Tue 09-Jul-13 22:51:21

Thank you this thread. I am going to stop stressing about my big breastfeeding boobs and postpartum tummy and go and buy myself a bikini tomorrow. Not a swimsuit. Then I will wear it on the beach in Europe next week and not give any fucks.

Just back from Malaga ...everyone wore bikini or topless including women who were about sz 24 .they looked happy and comfort able but brown.I wore a black one piece ( sz 20) and pale but still relaxed.....until I got home and suddenly found myself fretting that even this costume was too I changed it within 1 hr of being back.
those reactions surprised even me.As I was discussing it with a very positive American friend she gave me food for thought....we make the decision to be constrained about what people think of us ...just say you decide not to care and confidently wore what you liked e.g. Something that I considered immodest what would happen?we make the decision to let what people think about us affect us.....mmmmm....interesting

TSSDNCOP Tue 09-Jul-13 22:52:54

I have 4 lovely new Freya bikinis ready for my holidays next week. I may have omitted to relay their actual cost to DH. I chose not to look at my stomach, but lying plank flat on my sunbed I shall admire my gel toe nails.

Quodlibet Wed 10-Jul-13 08:35:31

we make the decision to be constrained about what people think of us ...just say you decide not to care and confidently wore what you liked


Chandon Wed 10-Jul-13 08:58:27

I actually remember when cellulite was invented, it must have been around 1984.

Prior to that it did not exist as a "problem"

Aftre it was "invented" lts of anti cellulite creams flooded the market, all beauty magazines had features on them.

Now we is just there. Hey ho.

CelticPromise Wed 10-Jul-13 09:15:22

Back fat at the bra line does not matter, but may mean you're not wearing the right size.

I'm a pale, wobbly size 16 but I find bikinis the most practical- I have a small back size and big boobs, a swimsuit that fits my boobs will not fit my capacious arse. I like decent underwiring and pants that fit, and tankinis always roll up because I'm curvy. And I do swim, not lie about in the sun.

A flimsy high street string bikini would be no use to me mind.

Each to their own innit.

ithaka Wed 10-Jul-13 09:19:21

OP, you will hate me - I am slim and toned and I have a tattoo - how very dare I?

Looks out for mumsnetters staring daggers at me on the beach

Littlepumpkinpie Wed 10-Jul-13 09:35:06

I am another looking out for mumsnetters dagger eyes thensmile After losing a few stone I am now very toned and super slender again. I cannot wait to show it off at the beach I EARNED it with a hell of a lot determination sweating it out at the gym for the last nine months. I have a few stretch marks but in the recent sunshine they have been tanned in so looking forward to my hols.

choceyes Wed 10-Jul-13 09:41:22

Thing is, I'm not that bothered about wearing a bikini. I'm quite happy in my one piece. I'm dark skinned, so I don't need to tan, and I only like laying on the beach (in the shade!) maybe one or two days out of my holidays. We never go on beach holidays. Mostly we go to my in-laws holiday home in France which has a lake nearby with a beach area. I don't feel comfortable in a bikini in front of my FIL!! If it was on a random beach full of strangers, I wouldn't give a damn and wear a bikini if I want to, saggy belly or not!

All the bikinis I've tried on, and as I have 28F boobs, there's not much choice, are expensive and look like underwear. Bizzarely I look quite good in underwear normally even with my belly, but bikinis just make me look yuk. But the bottom line is that I'm just not that bothered about wearing a bikini and I don't want to spend a lot of money on one when I'd only wear it once or twice a year. I take the DCs swimming once a week, but then ofcourse I wear a swimsuit as it's an indoor municipal pool.

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 12:37:05

Ilanthe. You will be so pleased. smile

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 12:38:16

Who's looking daggers? That's not the point of this. seems to have turned into humble brag

Littlepumpkinpie Wed 10-Jul-13 14:21:26

Choceyes your the same size as me then and I agree about the choice side of things I brought Freya ones this smile

Ilanthe Wed 10-Jul-13 15:09:41

I did as I promised upthread and in fact bought 2 bikinis. One is from Topshop, one from M&S. The Topshop one is far nicer and the M&S one might go back.

I looked better than expected in both. Ditched underwired styles and just went for tie tops.

I am pleased.

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 10-Jul-13 16:00:18

I can't believe that I didn't wear bikinis more when I was younger and hadn't had children. Why oh why did I think that I shouldn't?! I looked fine. Actually, I looked pretty good. I am incredulous that I thought otherwise. OK, I was never going to be the best looking, or the fittest, but I looked absolutely fine.

But now. Oh no. I am a 37 yo size 10-12, but I am very wobbly of thigh, bottom and stomach. The only part of me that doesn't wobble are my boobs, and that's because they sag and don't do anything else. I just can't wear a bikini. My stomach is crepey, very wrinkled and puckered and looks awful.

The irony is that I would be the first to say to anyone, and genuinely mean it, that they shouldn't care what anyone else thinks, that people actually aren't lookng at you as they have better things to do/prettier people to look at/themselves to worry about, that bodies come in all shapes and sizes and we should just accept each other etc etc.

But I can't take the advice myself.

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 16:16:43

With tits over a C you need wires IMHO

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 16:18:03

I went on holiday in 1999 just after s1 was born. Took a one piece. Sensible mate said "take a bikini with the labels on it JUST IN CASE". Of course I got to Minorca and everyone was in bikinis. I wore nothing else.

I give that advise now.

noddyholder Wed 10-Jul-13 16:52:17

I had a non wire one many moons ago which tied at the front and the tie bit acted like underwire but bot so stiff. It was so flattering but never been able to replace it.

dirtyface Wed 10-Jul-13 17:16:00

i am a DD and don't wear a wired one elliot

<paranoid tits look horrible in bikini>

Ilanthe Wed 10-Jul-13 17:20:51

I looked horrendous in underwired styles, mainly because none of the buggers fitted properly. Tie back stuff was more forgiving as I could get a decent cup size by going up from my usual size and just tying the back tighter.

Depends what size C cup you are though.

I am an DD/ E and wires wouldn't be essential.

What is more important is choosing a bikini top based on bra size (eg 32DD/E) as opposed to dress size (eg 14)

dirtyface Wed 10-Jul-13 17:25:56

yeah underwired bikini's look awful on me as they dig in and make my under boob area look flabby

am only a size 8 how is is that even possible? :S

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 17:36:56

You have the wrong size?

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 17:37:25

I hate halter necks. Look bad on me

noddyholder Wed 10-Jul-13 18:01:12

I lovethis but very expensive

dirtyface Wed 10-Jul-13 18:30:20

i know i thought that eliot but even with the right bra size that happens

oooh thats nice noddy. imagine would look great on

GreenSkittles Wed 10-Jul-13 19:47:55

I know this thread is supposed to be empowering, but the judgey bit about tattoos deflated my balloon!

I got a sun tattoo on my right upper arm when I was 16 (borrowed a friends ID) and twenty years later I feel so embarrassed about it that I never wear sleeves shorter than elbow length. And I can''t consider lasering it because I no longer consider pointless pain to be a badge of honour! It's so annoying.

Feel free to use me as a cautionary tale to any teenage dc's who want to run out and get a tat...

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 20:22:55

Gah. It's only me being an old trout.

ithaka Wed 10-Jul-13 20:54:54

OP - can't you see that your tattoo judginess completely undermined the point of this thread? I have a fit body, but according to you because I have a tattoo will look gopping - well, thank you.

Am I allowed to be equally judgy & say I would rather have a slim body with a tattoo than rolls of flab and no tattoo.

GertrudeMorel Wed 10-Jul-13 20:58:04

I agree re tattoos being gopping, and I have one.

It's tiny and on my hip, so is very easily hidden and most people don't know I have it. I can arrange a bikini bottom over it.

I had it done on my gap yah when I was in Australia & thought it was cool.

I am thinking about getting it removed. I cringe when I think about it (the tattoo not the removal process).

Love Noddy's bikini btw, but I don't think I'd pay that much.

I've just bought 2 from Fatface - really nice on.

TheMoonOnAStick Wed 10-Jul-13 21:01:17

I agree re bikinis. Abroad all ages and shapes wear them and no-one bats an eye.However I'm determined not to make last holiday's mistake though. Ie Don't buy an el cheapo bikini that looks hideous with no support. At least buy one that fits and be honest about the size <winces at the awful truth>

TheMoonOnAStick Wed 10-Jul-13 21:04:59

I need wires. Well a hoist actually but wires at least.

MorrisZapp Wed 10-Jul-13 21:07:57

I converted to bikinis in my mid thirties, when I discovered the joy of Freya bra sized bikini tops. I will never wear a cossie again, too much fabric, not enough support.

Freya, how I love you. My fave one is pink with brown flowers, very surfy looking. Makes me feel like a goddess despite being a stone overweight.

TheMoonOnAStick Wed 10-Jul-13 21:22:08

I've just bought a Freya bikini top. Finges crossed it does the job. It's got a lot of work to doblush

EliotNess Wed 10-Jul-13 22:03:44

I agree. Think slim trumps tattoo if we have to choose. I'm a size 12. Hardly rolls of flab. But thanks ;)

ginhag Wed 10-Jul-13 22:09:38

But if I wore a BIKINI you would see my TATTOO and therefore JUDGE THE TOTAL SHIT OUTTA ME.

So I'm not sure where that leaves me really. I'm torn between a mumu/balaclava combo, and dancing about in the nuddy.

ginhag Wed 10-Jul-13 22:11:27

Actually I'm going for the starkers hula.


Murraylover Wed 10-Jul-13 22:13:50

Lol at tramp stamp. Saw a man with 2 large oval shaped tattoos on back of his calves in our local baths last week. Never noticed his bathers

ithaka Wed 10-Jul-13 22:17:30

yay, go starkers, wear your tatts with pride.

The world is full of people who narrow their eyes and judge, best to ignore them or irritate them by prancing about at one with your goppingness.

ginhag Wed 10-Jul-13 22:23:46

<waggles nekkid arse>

ginhag Wed 10-Jul-13 22:26:44

btw I personally find the 'tramp stamp' thing just another one of those 'women putting other women down when we really should know fucking better SISTAH!' type things.

But maybe that's just me. Possibly I should have accepted that intelligent women might spout such derogatory bollocks about a bit of ink.

WildThongsHeartString Wed 10-Jul-13 22:32:53

Can anyone link to nice bikinis? By nice I mean styles that will suit a 5'3 lady with a Buddha belly!

I'm on my hols at the moment, had been persuaded by previous threads on here (possibly by the same OP?)to buy a bikini rather than a swimsuit.

Now I'm 5'8 and a size 12 so not overweight, BUT I have had two very large babies in the past few years, my silvery stretchmarks don't bother me really but the skin on my stomach is stretched and sagged to buggery.

i have a kind of crease that goes from my belly button down to my c section overhang that is tucked in my bikini bottoms grin

But who fucking cares, I wear a dress to cover up when I'm walking around anyway and it looks ok when I lie down.

I'm in Tunisia and have only seen 4 or 5 people wearing a swimsuit, all shapes and sizes here.

WildThongsHeartString Wed 10-Jul-13 22:39:53

What about this?
curvy kate

TheMoonOnAStick Wed 10-Jul-13 22:44:54

Figleaves sale is good for bikinissmile

SaidFlorence Wed 10-Jul-13 22:48:57

I just bought [[ this]] from brastop, and will be flaunting my size 16 body on the Spanish Costa next week.

SaidFlorence Wed 10-Jul-13 22:51:35

this link fail!

WildThongsHeartString Wed 10-Jul-13 22:59:17

florence that is lovely, I'm sure you'll look great!

However - do you watch Spongebob, well imagine Patrick Star squeezed into a teensy pair of pants, that's me overhang and pink layering blush

SaidFlorence Wed 10-Jul-13 23:01:57

Oh, we must be twins lol! I have decided this year that I care not a jot. My kids, however, will be mortified :-D

EliotNess Thu 11-Jul-13 02:55:52

I'm surprised intelligent women have tattoos but there you are.

noddyholder Thu 11-Jul-13 07:59:27

Oh dear

ithaka Thu 11-Jul-13 08:07:56

OP - I have just checked and yes, as I suspected, you used the word 'trampstamp' earlier - lovely wee bit of misogyny then.

It is odd how many 'embrace your curves/real women' types, a la Gok, secretly despise many women. I bet you think tattoos are 'chavvy' too, as well as making you a tramp. Lovely.

TSSDNCOP Thu 11-Jul-13 08:14:35

Wildthongs jump onto the Leia website and have a look at the Freya cossies. Really nice and very supportive.

Fauve for the bigger of busted.

dexter73 Thu 11-Jul-13 10:18:58

Is 'arse antlers' an acceptable alternative? That is what they are called where I live.

noddyholder Thu 11-Jul-13 10:58:13

I sometimes find underwired a bit push up and in your face for the beach Not a relaxed feel at all but I do need them!

Bonsoir Thu 11-Jul-13 11:14:56

It really does depend on your body. One piece swimsuits are just much more flattering on me.

snoworneahva Thu 11-Jul-13 11:29:43

Lots of the Dd+ bikinis on figleaves look like bras rather than bikinis - I guess the support is needed but it just looks like underwear rather than swimwear.

elQuintoConyo Thu 11-Jul-13 11:48:28

I have also heard 'arse antlers', Australian, isn't it?
Tattoos don't bother me but I am glad I never got one total pain hating wuss as I am now 38 with post-dc stretched, sagging skin and I'm sure anything I had would now be dragging on the floor/half-hidden in folds!
I love getting my tits out on the beach. Due to previous paragraph, I know no one is looking at my jugs - except DH wink it's really freeing.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Thu 11-Jul-13 11:52:58

If I can ever afford a beach holiday again I shall go for the topless option - no one will be looking at my dodgy tum with 30HH knockers on view! This option will not work if we go with parents or PIL, though.

Having said all that about state of tummy, I have just remembered that PIL saw my bikini-clad body 3 months post-birth (DD1 was stillborn, PIL kindly took us on holiday to cheer us up, I wore bikinis with sod-it attitude brought on by grief, banned cameras, and there was no full-length mirror in the villa), so it can't get worse than that! Also if we do go on holiday with Dad, stepmum and the kids it will be my duty to show 9 yo and 6 yo sisters that you don't have to look like models to wear bikinis and teach them valuable life lesson about body confidence. <nods sagely>

noddyholder Thu 11-Jul-13 12:37:13

I agree hate that the tops look like bras It doesn't say holiday still feels restrictive

NoComet Fri 12-Jul-13 00:24:59

I guess I'm the only woman on the planet who doesn't care if her swim suit is flattering, what ever that means and wants it to be practical.

I go on holiday to have fun, not look decorative.

dexter73 Fri 12-Jul-13 07:00:05

There is also the option of practical, flattering and nice looking. Also I think most people go on holiday to have fun and part of that can be looking nice. It isn't a crime to be interested in what you wear you know.

NoComet Fri 12-Jul-13 07:49:59

I never said it was a crime to look nice, unfortunately for those of us who burn instantly and have to hide in rash vests, costumes and cover ups of some sort, the conventional nice of a bikini was never a option even when we were slim teens.

I'm a bit, jelous I guess, when people go on about bikinis.

NoComet Fri 12-Jul-13 07:51:11

Nice??? Idea,

dexter73 Fri 12-Jul-13 08:07:15

Ok it just sounded a bit snotty when you said you go on holiday to have fun not to be decorative. You didn't mention anything about burning and having to be covered up because of that.

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