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laurainsem
11-10-2008, 07:09 PM
So I would love to go swimming at the Pop but have avoided swimming like the plague for many years. I just can't seem to find the right swimsuit for my "curvacious bod". I know there are many of us out there who have a hard time finding just the right suit. I really would hate to miss out on all the neat pools at the resort just because i'm uncomfortable with the way I look. Any ideas on a good suit?

epcotbistro
11-10-2008, 07:12 PM
bikini .. lol :thumbsup2

at least from a guy's point of view..

laurainsem
11-10-2008, 07:14 PM
:lmao: Well... that may help us get the pool to ourselves! :thumbsup2

KandD
11-10-2008, 07:17 PM
Honey, throw on a one piece with shorts and have a ball!! Vacations are for fun, not worrying!!

But seriously, I have some great tankinis from Target that are a top that completely covers the upper portion and a bottom that are shorts. I have found that this really works for me...or sometimes I do the shorts over the bathing suit.

Have a great vacation!

Baltazar
11-10-2008, 07:19 PM
My wife always gets a one piece. has like a skirt on it .
sort of like this
http://media.redcatsusa.com/is/image/womanwithin/mm/0028_43725_mm.jpg?wid=230&qlt=95&op_sharpen=1

She gets like a pull over sun dress or a swimwear cover-up for the walk to and from the pool/water park.

skipperkim
11-10-2008, 07:20 PM
Tankinis are a girls best friend.

laurainsem
11-10-2008, 07:24 PM
My wife always gets a one piece. has like a skirt on it .

http://media.redcatsusa.com/is/image/womanwithin/mm/0028_43725_mm.jpg?wid=230&qlt=95&op_sharpen=1

That is similar to what i've been looking at. Originally, I was thinking the guy shorts thing. But this is more feminine but doesn't show every nook and cranny. I'm not out to impress everyone, but want something i'm comfortable in. This is what i've been looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/Figures-Collection-Princess-Swimdress-Swimsuit/dp/B001AAWNZE/ref=pd_sim_a?ie=UTF8&m=A27E0EQWE37LDB

And hey, it calls itself the princess collection. That's Disneyish, right?! :wizard:

Clotho
11-10-2008, 07:29 PM
Tankinis are the best.
I really love Land's End suits. Really high quality fabrics, holds you all in very flattering, and some have skirts on the bottom, which is what I prefer (then I don't have to shave...um...there...if I don't want to)

Deb & Bill
11-10-2008, 07:32 PM
I'll second Lands End. I have a couple of tankinis that I have been wearing for at least four or five years now. And they still look great. They make great suits in women sizes and coverups, too.

dancin Disney style
11-10-2008, 07:40 PM
I, too am not a small girl....size 14. When I go on vacation I feel totally comfortable in my swimsuit because I don't know anyone there. It is the only time I feel that way.

I agree that going with one of the styles that has shorts on the bottom will make you feel more comfortable. I bought one this year too. It's the first time in my life that I've owned a two piece. Nothing shows and I felt totally comfortable at the pool and the waterparks. In fact I actually felt 'cute'.

laurainsem
11-10-2008, 07:43 PM
Oooh, the tankini with shorts looks really cool. Now I don't know what to do!!!:scared1:

Deb & Bill
11-10-2008, 07:44 PM
I, too am not a small girl....size 14. When I go on vacation I feel totally comfortable in my swimsuit because I don't know anyone there. It is the only time I feel that way.

I agree that going with one of the styles that has shorts on the bottom will make you feel more comfortable. I bought one this year too. It's the first time in my life that I've owned a two piece. Nothing shows and I felt totally comfortable at the pool and the waterparks. In fact I actually felt 'cute'.

You, my dear, are a victim of fashion and supermodels. :cutie: A size 14 is no way big. Probably the average size of most women in the USA. I just wish I was a size 14 again. I bet you look great in your bathing suit.

laurainsem
11-10-2008, 07:49 PM
Ahh, I miss a 14! Those were the days....

Tammysue5
11-10-2008, 07:50 PM
I like the tankinis.... they are nice... but please try not to worry...EVERYONE has something they are worried about. I wear a size 5 and yet I have a light complexion... I was concerned I would blind other swimmers! ;) I wore a bikini and had the best time!!!! I didn't care and none of the kids DS19, DS17, DD9 and DD6 were embarrassed... as a matter of fact... DSs told me to go for it and made me feel good when I stepped out.... they did not swim off in embarrassment. :thumbsup2

Life is short... "Do unto others and sing and dance like no one is watching.... "in this case...swim in a swimsuit you are comfortable in like no one is watching!

LowesChevy
11-10-2008, 07:52 PM
I have a curvacious bod and I love Lands End as well. They sell tankini seperates to mix and match. I order a larger bottom than top so they end up fitting very well.

Baltazar
11-10-2008, 07:53 PM
That is similar to what i've been looking at. Originally, I was thinking the guy shorts thing. But this is more feminine but doesn't show every nook and cranny. I'm not out to impress everyone, but want something i'm comfortable in. This is what i've been looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/Figures-Collection-Princess-Swimdress-Swimsuit/dp/B001AAWNZE/ref=pd_sim_a?ie=UTF8&m=A27E0EQWE37LDB

And hey, it calls itself the princess collection. That's Disneyish, right?! :wizard:

Hot stuff :thumbsup2

TinkrLiz
11-10-2008, 07:55 PM
I like the tankinis that have skirts on the bottom. I find the shorts feel funny in the water when they're floating around my legs. They both look cute though.

IlovemythreeC's
11-10-2008, 08:01 PM
I so understand how you feel:)

This suit solved my problem. I hung out at the pool and felt so comfortable. Which I never do in a swimsuit.

You can pull this suit down to a dress!

http://www.landsend.com/pp/SolidSlenderConvertibleSwimDress-30822_190377_594.html?CM_MERCH=PGD_3_from_00000398 62_to_0000040930

laurainsem
11-10-2008, 08:03 PM
I'm leaning more towards the skirt now. It is kinda "hot stuff", isn't it?! :rotfl2: I agree, swimming with shorts can kinda feel weird.

Wow, it's fun shopping with ya'll!:woohoo:

greenpea89
11-10-2008, 08:16 PM
Another vote for Lands End! The suit sort of sucks me in where I need it and lifts other places (always good!) but I prefer their one piece suit with a swim skirt to a tankini although I have both. Sometimes my tankini top will roll up over the top of the skirt and I worry about scaring people when I get out of the pool!!:scared1:

kaffinito
11-10-2008, 08:16 PM
The bathing suit from Amazon is really cute! But hey, we are all in the same boat down there. We all have some lumps and bulges but who cares? We go on vacation to have fun! Also, WDW is the one place I can go swimming where I don't feel self conscious. Enjoy - and get that cute suit from Amazon! :goodvibes

laurainsem
11-10-2008, 08:40 PM
The bathing suit from Amazon is really cute! But hey, we are all in the same boat down there. We all have some lumps and bulges but who cares? We go on vacation to have fun! Also, WDW is the one place I can go swimming where I don't feel self conscious. Enjoy - and get that cute suit from Amazon! :goodvibes

AMEN! I still have some growing up to do, but i'm learning to care less and less about how I look in a suit. I want one that's flattering, but i'm not out to impress anyone. All i'm looking for is something that makes me feel good about myself. :cheer2:

marielynn724
11-10-2008, 09:03 PM
well, i have the same problem in that my top half is extremely out of proportion with my bottom half. i wear an XL (DD) on top and a small on the bottom. because i need *ahem* extra support i unfortunately have to spend a lot of money on expensive/supportive swimsuit tops. i always have to get mix and match separates so i can get different sizes. i usually go to macys or some specialty swim stores (such as everything but water) but be prepared to spend a lot on a bathingsuit (like $100) i know it kind of stinks but i really can't fit into anything else. think of it this way... its an investment that you know your body is going to look its best (like getting a really good bra!)

Q-man
11-10-2008, 09:31 PM
My wife wears a Land's End tankini with surfer shorts.

Tink415
11-10-2008, 11:00 PM
I like skirted bottoms with tankini tops, I think they look better one me than the swim dresses. I've had a few from Lands End that were very nice, a couple from Target that I liked except the bras weren't the best. My 2 favorite suits right now I bought at Disney at POP and Blizzard Beach. They
are both excellent quality and cost about $100. Made by Christina. I hope there are more when I go back!

SusanDK
11-10-2008, 11:26 PM
I've needed a new suit for years. I don't use one often (maybe a trip to TL or BB once every year or two), but the one I have is so discolored and stretched out. But I hate going shopping for swimwear; it's so depressing. :)

The Lands End options look great - thanks for posting about those. But I've never been able to buy swimwear without first trying on dozens. Even if they are my 'size' only perhaps 1 in 20 actually does fit. How do you all ensure you are selecting the right size and style when you mail order?

Susan

TagsMissy
11-11-2008, 01:07 AM
Well my theory is who cares what anybody else thinks! Wear that you are comfortable in and enjoy yourself. Trust me though, except for maybe some teenagers who aren't matured yet and don't necessarily think before well thinking idiotic thoughts nobody will take issue or notice. Smile, have fun and enjoy the water.

I am by no means thin (boy do i wish I could eat like my hubby and keep slim) lol but I still get out there and enjoy the water.

I am up in Canada so I can't really recommend anywhere to go shopping but when I was at POR they had some adorable bathing suits there for all sizes!

CinderALLIE
11-11-2008, 01:38 AM
Can't really suggest what you should do. I'm a size 10 and when I go swimming I wear my Bathers and then I throw on shorts and a tee over them. I then go swimming in this. I'm more comfortable in this and to protect yourself from the sun you should wear a tee anyway. Plus if you go to a waterpark and go on a slide if your top comes off your covered - lol and no I'm not speaking from experience.

sparkyboy
11-11-2008, 06:48 AM
For daily water aerobics, I wear speedo racing back style but others wear bikinis. When on vacation, I generally bring a tankini but also throw in my one piece as I try to do 3-4 regular swims to counteract the calories.:rotfl2: I always bring a t-shirt to pool because I hate to get sunburned.

DD brings surfer shorts and binkini top as she, like others is not the same size through the top as the bottom. Our theory has always been, to enjoy ourselves at the pool and be comfortable and not worry about what others think. Besides, what is the chance that we are ever going to see other vacationers again and they are going to remember how we looked in our swim suits???:scared1:

MickeyisanNDfan
11-11-2008, 07:03 AM
LL Bean is a good place for modest suits also! Ii might not be the nicest thing to think but I always tell myself that some one is going to look worse than me :lmao: Now going to the gym is the place I have a problem!

ols386
11-11-2008, 08:02 AM
I gave up a long time ago on swim suits. I am a small person, and I'm in my early 50's, but I'll just say that gravity takes a toll over an extended period of time. I don't have a problem wearing a pair of shorts and a tank top and sitting by the pool. If YOU feel comfortable wearing a bikini or any type of swim suit, then I say go for it. As long as you are having a good time and enjoying yourself, that's all that really matters.

If U Had Wings
11-11-2008, 08:32 AM
I'm a huge fan of the Lands End ones too. I love the mix and match pieces so I can find just what I need. I love the tops that have underwires in them so I feel nice and secure. I usually go with the shorts for the bottoms. I feel most comfortable that way out in public, but the skirts work pretty well too.

wlwilliams9
11-11-2008, 08:38 AM
Honey, throw on a one piece with shorts and have a ball!! Vacations are for fun, not worrying!!

But seriously, I have some great tankinis from Target that are a top that completely covers the upper portion and a bottom that are shorts. I have found that this really works for me...or sometimes I do the shorts over the bathing suit.

Have a great vacation!

I have more than a few curves and I like the tankinis from target too! They are full coverage, but cute styles. I also bought a tankini from Old Navy (plus size) that I really like!

Renee1061
11-11-2008, 08:40 AM
I thought I would like the skirts, but they make my thighs look too big!

Just look at it this way....you'll never see any of those people again, anyway.:goodvibes

tinkerbellang
11-11-2008, 09:00 AM
I too have felt uncomfortable in a swim suit. Last year my family and I went to WDW I brought a swim skirt and a big t-shirt to cover up with. I too am a size 14. I got to the pool - and guess what - I didn't feel uncomfortable in my swimsuit! Out of all of the ladies there, most of us were of "curvaceous" body quality. There were very few that were small and in bikinis unless they were teenagers. I decided that I would just enjoy myself. So, find a swimsuit you feel comfortable in - and just enjoy - don't worry about it!!

SuperTink
11-11-2008, 09:30 AM
IOut of all of the ladies there, most of us were of "curvaceous" body quality. There were very few that were small and in bikinis unless they were teenagers.

That's because that is what the *real* world looks like!! Unfortunately, we are brainwashed to think otherwise, and end up feeling badly about ourselves.

Wear what *you* feel comfortable in, and have a great time. :thumbsup2

Alexander
11-11-2008, 09:35 AM
I love tankinis too because of the two pieces. No tugging, pulling, and when you need to use the ladies room, you don't have to strip everything down! Lands End all the way girls! All of the suits come from there.

valentina
11-11-2008, 09:46 AM
I'd suggest Land's End, too. My aunt is bigger and she always goes to LE and their tankinis and one-pieces make her feel and look great!

snookiedoodles
11-11-2008, 09:57 AM
That is similar to what i've been looking at. Originally, I was thinking the guy shorts thing. But this is more feminine but doesn't show every nook and cranny. I'm not out to impress everyone, but want something i'm comfortable in. This is what i've been looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/Figures-Collection-Princess-Swimdress-Swimsuit/dp/B001AAWNZE/ref=pd_sim_a?ie=UTF8&m=A27E0EQWE37LDB

And hey, it calls itself the princess collection. That's Disneyish, right?! :wizard:


Love It!!!!

jamstew
11-11-2008, 09:59 AM
well, i have the same problem in that my top half is extremely out of proportion with my bottom half. i wear an XL (DD) on top and a small on the bottom. because i need *ahem* extra support i unfortunately have to spend a lot of money on expensive/supportive swimsuit tops. i always have to get mix and match separates so i can get different sizes. i usually go to macys or some specialty swim stores (such as everything but water) but be prepared to spend a lot on a bathingsuit (like $100) i know it kind of stinks but i really can't fit into anything else.

This is exactly why I started buying my swimsuits from Land's End. They don't have as many styles for the larger cup sizes, but I think I had a choice of 5-6 styles with lots of colors & pattens within the selection. They also have one-piece suits for both long and short torsos in some styles.

MHSweb79
11-11-2008, 12:09 PM
Just chiming in to add my vote for Land's End. I have two suits from them - a one-piece and a tankini with shorts for the bottom. Both are solid, supportive, flattering and built like Sherman tanks. You simply cannot go wrong for the money- these will last years.
Also wanted to point out that no matter how "curvey" you are, you will see numerous people much, much larger than you enjoying themselves in and around the pool. If you start feeling self-conscious, just wade on over next to one of them and you'll feel like a skinny Minnie! :rotfl:

CoolPool
11-11-2008, 12:58 PM
Lands End and LL Bean get votes from me too!

My problem is a little diffy; Despite being a size 2 type, I'm over 40 and I have the screwed up c-section area from hell. I don't want a 2 piece that exposes midsection at all! I've found that I trust Lands Ends stuff to stay down and stay put even in the water.

But don't go to Disney without going to a pool. Its one of the things that they do so right with their properties.

CoachBagFanatic
11-11-2008, 01:10 PM
OP, I think most women have a difficult time with swim suits and wearing them. Some more so than others such as myself. :scared1: This last trip in April we swam everyday and I had a great time. I realized all the stuff I was missing out on. No one knows me there so who cares. I also vote for Lands End or LL Bean. Not sure where you live, but here in NJ we have California Sunshine where you can buy different size pieces. They have all shapes and sizes. My cousin who is a size 24 found a swim suit there. They also have swim suit cover ups for walking around the resort. Have a wonderful trip.

Clotho
11-11-2008, 01:56 PM
Jusy FYI, one may feel more comfortable in shorts, but the skirts are actually more flattering for larger thighs. Shorts delineate each leg, "outlining" the boundaries between the legs if you will, which makes them look larger. Skirts blur the lines between the legs, making one look more streamlined.

BUT I would understand if the issue were LENGTH. You can get board shorts, which are nice and long, versus the swim skirts that tend to be shorter, and therefore may make someone sensitive about their legs feel more exposed.

Just some food for thought when choosing the most flattering styles!

In any case, I am with everyone here--it's DISNEY! It's hard to be the largest person at Disney in any case. LOL But even if you were, you can really let go and just enjoy yourself there in a way that no other place invites us to, don't you think? If we are all "kids again", remember what it was like to be a kid, who didn't give a rat's patoot what anyone thought of what you looked like in a bathing suit! Harness that aspect of being a kid again, and you will enjoy yourself far more!

superwy
11-11-2008, 03:19 PM
Another vote for Lands End. I live in the tankini's with skirt bottoms in the summer by the pool. I have ordered many styles and find the Faille types to be the most slimming and flattering. I order a black bottom and white bottom with 2-3 tops and mix-and-match. Right now they have some great deals on their "Overstocks" sight.

A tip with Lands End to save on shipping is to go to your local Sears and order from the Lands End desk. Shipping right to your house will be free. You can also return and Sears for free. I found them to be pretty true-to-size. Good luck and enjoy the pool. Truthfully, I never think twice about how anyone else looks so I doubt they are thinking about me!

Kim

Deb & Bill
11-11-2008, 03:21 PM
I've needed a new suit for years. I don't use one often (maybe a trip to TL or BB once every year or two), but the one I have is so discolored and stretched out. But I hate going shopping for swimwear; it's so depressing. :)

The Lands End options look great - thanks for posting about those. But I've never been able to buy swimwear without first trying on dozens. Even if they are my 'size' only perhaps 1 in 20 actually does fit. How do you all ensure you are selecting the right size and style when you mail order?

Susan

Lands End will have the measurements listed on the website or in the catalog. Find the size that fits your measurements the best. And go with that size. If, after you get it, it doesn't fit, you can return it to Lands End. Just don't remove the paper liner in it.

bluechic03
11-11-2008, 08:02 PM
Hello there

I bought my last swimsuit from a company called woman within. I bought it online, they also send me catalogs. They have a lot of different sizes and styles to choose from. I got a saraong style one that I LOVE and a coverup. Its the first one I havent felt fat in in a long time! Hides stuff in all the right places ;) Take a look at them online!

fours
11-11-2008, 08:15 PM
Thank you to all who suggested Lands End. appreciate that...I guess I'll go with the idea it's vacation and have fun.