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What is the verdict on tankinis?

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suebfg Tue 18-Jun-13 21:33:15

I've never had one before. My tummy area is a bit wobbly so maybe I should wear one.

Does the tankini top roll up even when it's not supposed to?

EuphemiaLennox Tue 18-Jun-13 22:07:27

Why bother? just wear a swim suit.
Lots of flattering costumes around with bit if tummy support too. And built in bra if you need it!

intheshed Tue 18-Jun-13 22:08:52

Never found one where the tummy doesn't roll up. Shame, as I do like the idea of them!

Bunbaker Tue 18-Jun-13 22:09:44

The main advantage of a tankini is when you want the toilet - no having to strip off completely.

suebfg Tue 18-Jun-13 22:25:06

I was thinking about being able to roll it up when lying down - for tanning purposes.

dexter73 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:29:07

Just wear a bikini. Nobody cares if your tummy is a bit wobbly.

Viviennemary Tue 18-Jun-13 22:33:05

I think they are very unflattering and ugly. Either wear a bikini or swimsuit.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 18-Jun-13 22:34:16

They are neither fish nor fowl. Most I have seen end up showing a little bit of wobbly tummy which would be less obvious in a bikini!

yabyum Tue 18-Jun-13 22:38:34

They're awful. Bikini for tanning, one piece for swimming. Wearing a tankini is like carrying a sign saying: 'I am self-conscious about my tummy'.

I flaunt my flab with pride!

dexter73 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:42:52

I am on holiday at the moment and everyone is wearing a bikini regardless of size, shape, stretchmarks, scars, veins and age. (and that is just me!).

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 22:46:07

Horrid things.

A bikini is better, IMO

HomeEcoGnomist Tue 18-Jun-13 22:47:52

I'm going to go against the grain here and say I like tankinis.

I don't' like bikinis really - not so much tummy issues (although it is hardly what you would call washboard) but because I have an <ahem> ample bosom, so I just feel like I am walking round in my underwear...and since my bras are properly cantilevered affairs, bikinis always feel flimsy in comparison.

And going to the toilet is indeed much easier

Never really suffered the rolling up problem.

Startail Tue 18-Jun-13 22:50:34

Horrid, but useful. I burn and am too fat for a bikini.

Happiest in a proper speedo swimsuit (small boobs and like diving, so fashion costumes drive me nuts).

However, you can go to the loo in a tanki even if you throw a rash vest over it and you can get changed easily.

ShoeWhore Tue 18-Jun-13 22:50:36

Not very keen on tankinis. If you really feel the need to cover up your tummy then a swimming costume is much more streamlined imho.

HomeEco I think you perhaps need a more ahem sturdy bikini like the ones I wear - they are almost as supportive as a bra.

thenightsky Tue 18-Jun-13 22:52:25

Surprised at all the people taking cozzies off to go for a pee. I've always just hoiked a leg hole to one side.

AnyFucker Tue 18-Jun-13 22:53:42

I don't have big knockers and I always wear proper support cup bikinis in the correct bra size

am saggy ole woman

Never found a tankini that didn't ride up here either. One piece and hoick to one side to go to the loo here too.

UniS Tue 18-Jun-13 22:59:57

Perfect under a wet suit.
Much easier to change into out of at the beach/ in a car park/ other random place one might change after wild swim..

Kewcumber Tue 18-Jun-13 23:02:25

I am tall and large and struggle to find longer length suits big enough and supportive enough around the bust. Have bought a tankini with supportive bra top and have the cunning plan of sewing it back to together - is this totally bloody nuts?

BackforGood Tue 18-Jun-13 23:05:12

They aren't popular on MN, but are the best of both worlds IMe.
You have the comfort of a 2 piece - for wearing around all day / being able to go to the toilet
You have the option to tan your tum / back if you want
But you don't feel so exposed when walking about.

I've never had one 'roll up' or 'ride up' and I've been wearing them for years and don't spend a lot on buying expensive clothes.

Kewcumber Tue 18-Jun-13 23:08:55

Ooh I could put plastic poppers on instead

GobblersKnob Wed 19-Jun-13 10:15:11

I have never found a swimsuit long enough in the body for me, so I love tankinis, have Freya and Curvy Kate ones (prefer the later) and have never had any problems with rolling or riding up, look like a one piece but with the convienience of a two.

I wear bikinis too, but sometimes prefer the coverage of a tankini.

SoTiredAgain Wed 19-Jun-13 10:30:38

I like tankinis. I never wear a bikini and as I am short of body, swimsuits are always too long for me and they never sit right. A tankini fits the bill.

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 19-Jun-13 13:20:39

The only tankini I have ever had where the top doesn't ride up, is from monsoon. I bought it about 3 years ago, and as I only wear it for holidays, its still going strong. I bought the top and bottoms as separates (big bottom, flat chest) and it fits really well.

I've tried to buy Monsoon swimwear since then, and it always seems to sell out quickly. Accessorize swimwear is nowhere near the same.

mejon Wed 19-Jun-13 14:43:49

I'm on the lookout for a new one (but then I'm not very stylish). I've only had a problem with them riding up when they've been too big - which the ones I have now are. I've had loads from Lands End over the years but they've gone ridiculously expensive so I'm not keen on spending £££ on something I won't wear very often. Bikini is a no-no - I have a lovely CS pouch despite never having one (but I had it before DC in any case) and I'm not too keen on one-pieces due to loo-difficulties and a two piece makes changing much easier.

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