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Last year, after trying on about 100 swimsuits, I bought a swim dress. It's in a navy and white Hawaiian print, which I thought was cute when I bought it, but now just looks old-ladyish to me. Whenever I wear it, I feel like it is not so much a swimsuit as an admission of defeat.
Note: I found a photo of the exact swim dress on eBay so you can see what I'm talking about.
I can't let that stand. I have plenty of athletic swimsuits for swim practice, but for lounging by the pool, all my options have their own flaws. One is a bra-sized tankini that gives me way too much cleavage -- it might fit better if I could lose 10 pounds. I went swimsuit shopping again on Thursdsay, and the only one that I felt great in was a pin-dot Miraclesuit from Dillard's, which costs way more than I can justify for a swimsuit.
Wednesday's post about Weight Watchers and anchors mentioned this episode of swimsuit shopping as one of my own anchors. I actually now have an ordinary, non-miraculous bathing suit photo as the lock screen on my iPhone. I thought that was the end of the story -- put up with what I have until I can fit into something better than the dreaded swim dress.
Vickie helpfully reminded me of Land's End's great reputation for swimsuits, and they are currently having a 40% off sale on swim. Since I have a Sears near me, I took advantage of the ability to order with free shipping and do the returns at Sears for free to order two suits to try: A gorgeous jade-green suit and one with a sweetheart neckline in a berry color. Both of these suits together cost less than the Miraclesuit. It will be nice to be able to try them on at home instead of under scary dressing-room lights.
I also noticed that Macy's has the same style suit I liked at Dillard's, but in black and fuchsia, and their suits are on sale right now. I am tempted to order one of those to try too, or just go to my Macy's and see if they have it in stock to try there. I love color, but maybe for camouflage black would be better?
I spend a lot of time in a swimsuit in the summer, so it does seem worth investing some money to feel good in what I'm wearing. Does anyone else have any shopping tips to share?