Help me find something to cover my stomach scars on the beach?

(20 Posts)
TinyGoldfish Mon 11-Jul-16 12:01:21

I've had a few gyne surgeries which mean I've got scars on my stomach. I'm okish with them but I don't particularly want to get them out all the time on holiday - partly because I'm self conscious and partly because I can't expose them to the sun too much.

I feel more comfortable in a bikini because I'm tall and I find swimming costumes always come up short in the body and also I feel a bit frumpy in them. But is there a nice holiday swimming costume out there for me? Or are there any good cover ups that I could wear over my top half if I stuck to a bikini?

I feel a bit like backing out altogether and spending the summer hiding indoors but I know that that wouldn't be fair on anyone. I just need to find something that will help me feel a bit braver.

NancyPickford Mon 11-Jul-16 13:29:14

Tankini? Or those 50s pin-up style bikini bottoms that come up to the navel?

TeamEponine Mon 11-Jul-16 13:33:40

I got this bikini recently and love it. I'm thinking of getting a second on in another colour... www.next.co.uk/g312176s2#865598

It comes up slightly higher on the waist and easily covered my C-section and appendix scars. The roll top means you can pull it higher or lower depending on how confident you are feeling, and it feels like it has a light "pulling it in" type effect.

The bikini top is also quite nicely cleavage enhancing, if you need that!

It gave me the coverage I needed to cope with being on the beach, without looking frumpy.

TinyGoldfish Mon 11-Jul-16 13:34:50

No to tankini - I'll be constantly pulling it down/making sure it isn't rising up.

But big fat yes to those bikini bottoms! You are a genius! Do they cover the belly button? I wonder if I'll suit them... I'm going off to look.

EverythingWillBeFine Mon 11-Jul-16 13:35:34

Where are the scars?
Quite low down and the high waist bottom (short type of thngs) they are doing this year will work very well.
More towards the middle/top of your abdomen and a Tankini would be a better bet.

TinyGoldfish Mon 11-Jul-16 13:36:52

That bikini's really nice team but my scars go all the way up to my belly button so that won't work.

TinyGoldfish Mon 11-Jul-16 13:56:01

I've found this. Is it a bit too floral? My wardrobe is 90% black, maybe I should stick to black. Or will they just look like giant spandex pants? <wobbles>

Everything they're lower to mid abdo.

ApocalypseNowt Mon 11-Jul-16 13:57:44

Oooh they're nice OP.

Imho a pattern looks nicer and is more flattering. Black would look more 'spandex pantsy' i think.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Mon 11-Jul-16 14:17:02

I like them. A lot.

Go a size larger than you think, that sort of style is normally pretty form fitting and if they fit tightly, you may get an unattractive roll. Not that I tried that at all!

Diddlydokey Mon 11-Jul-16 14:37:12

www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_064020668194_-1

I like them but think they're hard to pull off as they're always quite low in the leg. I end up wearing something like the next ones, basically a high leg brief as they come up high enough to disguise the porridge tum.

TeamEponine Mon 11-Jul-16 14:40:29

They are not necessarily as low down as they look. The band that goes across can be "unfolded" if you see what I mean, so it can go far higher than it looks in the image. I think it was up to my belly button when unfolded.

They might be worth a try if you have a Next near you, or if you can get delivery?

Yes to going for the floral rather than the plain black too!

The ones that you posted a pic of are gorgeous though...

TeamEponine Mon 11-Jul-16 14:41:53

You can see what I mean about the band a little easier on the floral pics... www.next.co.uk/x57234s1#402227

TinyGoldfish Mon 11-Jul-16 14:58:29

Ah I see what you mean Team. I think I'd still be worried that they'd be too low though.

I've put the floral ones in my basket. I need to check sizing first and build myself up to it. Thanks for the sizing advice Felicia.

Diddlydokey Mon 11-Jul-16 14:59:23

www.amazon.co.uk/Panache-Swimwear-Veronica-Bikini-SW0647/dp/B00QMNKB44/ref=sr_1_54?s=clothing&ie=UTF8&qid=1468245427&sr=1-54&keywords=fold+top+brief

www.amazon.co.uk/Fantasie-Boracay-Womens-Classic-Bikini/dp/B00RLHMDDM/ref=sr_1_1?s=clothing&ie=UTF8&qid=1468245484&sr=1-1&keywords=fold+top+brief

www.amazon.co.uk/maillot-Fantasie-Culotte-Haute-Versailles/dp/B00REBV1K6/ref=sr_1_9?s=clothing&ie=UTF8&qid=1468245539&sr=1-9&keywords=fold+top+brief

Diddlydokey Mon 11-Jul-16 15:02:09

www.mandco.com/jungle-floral-print-swim-skirt-blue/2932407.html?cgid=10028670020&dwvar_2932407_color=0100#start=25

www.mandco.com/jungle-floral-print-high-leg-bikini-bottoms-blue/2932431.html?cgid=10028670020&dwvar_2932431_color=0100#start=10

www.mandco.com/blurred-rose-print-high-waist-tummy-control-bottoms-fuchsia/2932474.html?cgid=10028670020&dwvar_2932474_color=0134#start=6

TeamEponine Mon 11-Jul-16 15:19:42

Oh, love that last M&Co one! grin

velourvoyageur Mon 11-Jul-16 17:39:29

OP this isn't very helpful of me but thought maybe could be reassuring? I have loads of scars on my stomach which are quite obvs SH and so have some stigma for some people. Also one big one from an operation. And a tattoo grin I never feel self conscious about them. At most I would pop some factor 50 on and forget about them. I still like my stomach!
I just feel like if I started being conscious of all my physical 'defects' the list would never stop, so best not to start it in the first place, if you possibly can!

lucy101101 Mon 11-Jul-16 21:13:46

Have you seen these:

www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5745273563228&category=WOMENS-SWIMWEAR-EU

www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5745273561150&category=WOMENS-SWIMWEAR-EU

www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5745273560302&category=WOMENS-SWIMWEAR-EU

www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5129557030204&category=WOMENS-SWIMWEAR-EU

I saw a bikini in a magazine on Saturday from Urban Outfitters and I have to say I thought it was just beautiful!

DianaT1969 Mon 11-Jul-16 21:54:59

Asos have lots of high waist bikinis.
Example

And fold down high waist ones can be flattering - less chance of roll.
https://airymary.com/collections/high-waist-bikini-briefs

I'd agree - go a size bigger if they have a control panel.

TinyGoldfish Mon 11-Jul-16 22:08:58

I hear what you're saying velour. In a way I'm proud of my scars and in the past I have been happy to wear just a bikini (on holiday with DP and friends).

But I feel a bit uncomfortable about this holiday because a) it's with the MIL and b) because some of the scars are very new and I haven't quite got used to my body with them yet.

I appreciate what you're saying though and all the fab advice and links from everyone. flowers

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