BATHING SUIT SEASON: CHUNDER WORTHY


Oh ladies, it's that time of year. Bathing suit season. Barf.

I guess I have never subscribed to the idea that I should start dieting mid April simply to impress whomever when I'm poolside or better yet: impress the throng of strangers at the beach. Maybe it's because no matter how much I work out for two months I would never achieve the desired cellulite-free bodacious body so highly regarded on water fronts. Maybe, like I said to someone at work last week, it's because I have a bathing suit ready body ALL. YEAR. ROUND. Y'ALL. *smirk*.

So, I started looking for a bikini in my size (16-18) to show off my curves this summer (summer in Tucson starts in May) and you will not believe what I found:

Nothing.

I'm serious. Nothing.

I started in all of the stores in Tucson, to no avail. Target, Old Navy, Kmart, Lane Bryant, Torrid, Gap, even Walmart for chrissakes. Nothing in my size, everything was too small or too tight. Sure they had XL+ bottoms, but only tankinis to go with them so that your midriff was still covered. And, in the "womens" section they had the frumpy one pieces complete with the addition that all big girls are familiar with: bathing suit skirts. What if you want to SHOW OFF your thighs and stomach? Plus size bikinis are blatantly and unapologetically missing in stores and it is the most offensive form of body shaming I have experienced as of late. It's repulsive.

Having completely struck out locally, I turned to plus size specific websites to cure the large lady camouflaging. Guess what I found.

Nothing. I wish I was joking.

Still one pieces, two piece tankinis, and skirts. Sexy? Totally! But I want to show off what others tell me is contemptible: my belly and legs. I love them afterall, and I think that I should have the opportunity to publicly bare them just like everyone else! For the highering of your blood pressure, I have showcased the top hits when "plus size swimwear" was googled. These are the top websites and the top choices offered. Count the bikinis:


Not hard to count to zero, huh? I did find a "big boobed" swimwear site that had adorable bikini tops that I was stoked about, but in attempting to order one I found that it didn't come in a size larger than 34". So, in essence, this site was meant for small ladies that had some large ta-tas. Frustrating. Of course the public is okay with them exposing their bodies. Skadbknlsjdbwefhksd,fhsibfks.,dhwiefhlwkjdhdjk!!!



Okay, okay, you get the point. So now what? Well, us BBW (I hate that acronym. Do you like it?) do have the option of buying bottoms and wearing a streamlined bra, but it doesn't solve the problem of finding actual swimsuits. I did find two online resources that have killer swimsuits but the options are extremely limited and universally expensive:

Nordstroms had one.

Big Gals Lingerie has an incredible THIRTEEN!

 and while they aren't available right now, apparently Black Cat Bikinis will be offering cute ones like this ensemble modeled by Tess Munster.

I'm outraged that the option to reveal my sexy body is so clearly inadmissible to swimsuit manufacturers and society as a whole. I would love to challenge local and handmade designers to create a body friendly summer line that allows everyone to be equal poolside. Maybe I'll have to conquer my inability to sew and make one myself.

Do you know more places to find big bikinis? Lets share with each other and make the world a well rounded (har) place!

13 comments

  1. Its because we are all supposed to conform to being skinny! I am slim but dont really try to be. I think its outrageous that curvy ladies cant find bikinis for their figures.I think you look lush In your bikini you totally rock it!! :) x

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    1. I love your point! I don't think that slim is contemptible in the least... I just wanna have the same options!!! We all deserve to have confidence no matter what we look like!!! xoxoxo

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  2. Modcloth has some really cute bikinis in all sizes. :)

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    1. OHMYGOD i didn't think of them! They have the cutest stuff! Thanks!

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  3. Torrid had a cute one about a month or so ago but it must have sold out. It looked really cute and vintage-ish. Looked like something you would wear! It is ridiculous that you cannot find what you want to wear. Part of it might be that a lot of bigger girls do not want to wear bikini's, so bigger sizes are not getting made, simply because there is not a demand for them. I am not sure. I guess I am not comfortable enough to strut my stuff in a bikini and will never be. I honestly won't even swim without board shorts or jammers on. But I admire you for it. I will be on the lookout now for cute bikinis while I surf the internet at night.

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    1. It totally crossed my mind that there wasn't a demand for it... which also made me sad:(

      I've never felt like wearing one was an option... ever. Until now!

      Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand now that kick ass ones are so hard to find it makes me even more determined to rock 'em!!! Watch out world, here I come!

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  4. Fig Leaves and Modcloth as suggested above. Do you read Gabi at Gabifresh.com? She has a cute one up and over at xoJane.com you can look at the fatkini gallery with Tess(!) and others and there are links there too.

    Good luck!

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    1. Gabi is DIVINE. I did see her in the gallery and I'm already in love. Thanks for the link!

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  5. Did you see this H& M ad? Fab:

    http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/05/dear-hm-thank-you-for-reminding-us-beauty-doesnt-stop-at-size-6/

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  6. Right? I am going crazy trying to find something for this weekend. I am about to head out to the mall to see if I can find something. Not really excited. I will even settle for a halter one piece at this point. And I am cutting off a fucking skirt if I have to.

    I love that we are on the same wave length.

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  7. I know this is "so last year," but Modcloth has some pretty rocking swim suits. I love the retro vibe of pretty much everything they have!

    http://www.modcloth.com/shop/plus-size-swimwear

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  8. Lands End has a couple bikini tops. I'm on the annoying "regular" and "plus" border (10-12-14, depending on manufacturer) and I think their suit are awesome. They have bottom swim skirts but minis which totally show off your legs.

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