In the fall it's jeans in the spring it's swimsuits... I really don't know which one is worse as the years keeping adding up. I see more cellulite, gravity has an evil curse on key bathing suit parts, and the fashion industry still hasn't figured out 99% of us aren't zero's! When I think of someone looking good in a bathing suit I think of Marilyn Monroe. Which always makes me scratch my head and wonder, when did we go from wanting to be sexy in a bathing suit to wanting to be skinny? I went to look for bathing suits the other day and prepared the best way I knew how to make sure it would be a positive experience. I had my nails and toes painted in a bright pink color. I made sure I was waxed and ready for a dressing room showdown with any and all suits. Bikini, tankini, one piece, halter etc. In the end I felt like Gretl in The Sound of Music, "Wy don't I feel better?". I thought I was so prepared for a great experience, yet in the end I looked in the mirror thinking YIIIKES! Charla Krupp, the author of How Not to Look Old, shares a few survival strategies when it comes to midlife swimsuit shopping.
There are really so many awful scenarios to the entire experience. The obvious is going up a size or two from your clothing size. Not that it should matter it's about what fits right? Still two sizes knocks at the door of confidence. Then there is the part where you take in 15 suits and you have to go back out and walk another circle to find 15 new ones because not even ONE of the first 15 fit. We all know the salesperson is talking about us! The final straw is when you come back out and just reach for the basic black miracle suit! That my dear friends is called total fail! We really do have to forget about the number and the color and realize it's better to have a suit that fits regardless of size than stuffing yourself into one that does not. Because then you will have more than one salesperson talking about you! Here are FIVE ways to look Slim in a Swimsuit!
Oh how wonderful it is when you do find that one. And if you are lucky there are no straps or ties or weird clasps that challenge your ability to get the darn thing on and off. When you find the right fit you almost want to buy a few in every color that screams flattering. My expectations have hit rock bottom in the swimsuit purchasing escapade. If I can get something that isn't black, comes with support and looks like it's from this century its a SCORE for me! There are so many myths out there to what kind of suit makes you look good. Give yourself a break when shopping for swimsuits. Remember the designers aren't designing in our favor, which is dumb on their part... What midlife woman wouldn't overspend on a suit that fit and made her look like a million bucks? I will admit though I'm still not ready or old enough for the swim dress GULP!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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