Friday, 11 July 2014

A Swimwear Lightbulb Moment

Stripes + floppy hat

After indulging in designer swimwear for many years (mainly Pucci and Missoni) the time came when the two piece swimwear headed off to ebay and in my head I wore a chic black one piece down to the pool. I bought a couple of swimsuits in the classic black, red and grey colour palette and have not felt at all comfortable in them these past few years and now, and it's taken some time, I have finally had my swimwear lightbulb moment.

Miu Miu  front
Miu Miu at Net-A-Porter was £200 now £140

When you think about womens bodies and this has nothing to do with age or size, bear in mind here that I fake tan people for a living so get to see literally all shapes and sizes in a state of undress and one thing I have realised over the years is you don't have to be overweight to have problem areas. Saggy "mum tums" and cellulite on boobs, bums and tums is a problem for many and as for anyone like myself who has had a c-section where you stomach muscles have been cut, you can end up with quite a visible little (or big depending on your size) lip. It might sound like a strange description but I don't know what else to call it and I have heard other women refer to theirs in this manner.

Lepel Chica Spot Swimsuit at Simply Beach £38

Taking all of the above along with my own body issues into account, I have come to realise that a solid colour swimsuit doesn't always disguise cellulite or the "lip".  Sure enough a soft and wobbly mum tum will benefit from a bit of ruching and a control swimsuit, so a solid colour for this is fine, but if you are looking to disguise anything else my best advice would be to ditch the plain and opt for a far more forgiving print, whether you go for bold, bright and colourful or a more discreet monochrome one piece.



Spotted  Tummy Control Swimsuit £35 Marks and Spencer

Monochrome Swimsuit £35 Marks and Spencer

Tummy Control Glamazon Print £35 Marks and Spencer

Miu Miu 
Miu Miu at Net-A-Porter was £20 now £140

Are you swapping your two piece for a one piece this year? Patterned or Plain, what is your preference and which do you find best to disguise your own personal body issues?

Top image via Pinterest

25 comments:

  1. I abandoned my 2-peice a long time ago. Having lived in Spain for the last 13 years and spending most weekends on the beach, I decided I just couldn't compete with the lithe limbs of most Spanish women. Bikini bodies seem to be in their DNA. So I have been a one piece girl for some time. Never floral but lovely bright colors (with some black thrown in for good measure ;-)
    Great post x

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  2. I haven't even thought about this year's swimwear yet Sharron. Have never felt comfortable in a block colour swimsuit - it just makes me look like a 12 year old! Halter style tops and shorts seem to work best for me. Suppose I'd better get myself sorted! xx

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  3. I keep toying with the idea of a swimsuit Sharron as I like the idea of it all being held in but then I also like to get a brown tummy, so I keep putting it off. Perhaps this is the year I'll finally give it a go! Great advice about a patterned swimsuit, I shall definitely remember this when I'm looking.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Jane - same as you but figure who sees my tummy anyway? I'm going to dip into the costume this summer!

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  4. I have never bought a costume for holiday but as I am going with my inlaws (father in law 83) it's time to invest! I need one with gel bra inserts as I am so flat chested, don't suppose you've seen any along the way?

    I love the patterned ones. I ADORE the first stripy one - I want that!

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  5. I dont own a two piece, they went a long time ago. I adore the print on the Miu Miu one, shame its strapless though. I definitely prefer patterned to plain they hide a mulitude of sins xx

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  6. Yes for the first time actually - I've bought two one piece swimsuits. One black and white, the other breton stripe both from Marksie's. Bought with the intention of needing something 'appropriate' to wear when I take Luca to the baths, but in fact I've been wearing these at the beach as well, which is a first for me. I need you to fake tan my stomach though!

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  7. Agree with everything you said! I have had 2 c sections and always cover my middle now. Boden tankinis with spots are also good camouflage, and they have tummy control.

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  8. I am coming around to the idea of a one-piece....whoever sees my brown belly anyway?! They just look so glamorous!! I am off to try the one and only M&S one that I own! xx

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  9. Great post! I am embracing the one piece for the first time this year! Ultra glam!
    Abbi x

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  10. Now I know why I love my printed one pieces so much! The worst thing for me is my tum and it's only when I stumbled upon the first one piece by Sun Seekers at TK Maxx last year that I felt truly comfortable and pool worthy again. Also I think whatever bottoms you wear, as with every else we wear, they just have to fit properly. I bought 3 more by the same brand with prints plus a sleek plain black version for when the tum behaves :-) I don't care anymore that my bikini days are over! xx

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  11. Hi I love you so much for writing this. Jackie 42 who has had 2 c-sections. I thought I was the only person with this problem

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    1. You are not alone Jackie and lets face it, someone had to mention it! x

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  12. Great post Sharron I use to always have a spray tan but after number 2 I haven't felt slightly self conscious - my MT is like a deflated lilo. I am loving the monochrome ones from M&S next swimsuit I am going to get is with a pattern. X

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    1. So many women look fantastic in their clothes Anne Marie but do have issues like yourself. That's the only good thing about working in this industry and being my age and size, women feel comfortable getting their clothes off and tell me that they wouldn't if going to a 20 something dolly bird for a tan! I do count my lucky stars on one thing, I do not have one stretch mark just a belly like a skin coloured space hopper (remember those?).The second M&S reminds me of the Stella, I don't know why as it doesn't have hearts and then I'm thinking spots because we all know someone has a spotty one in Italy at the mo and it looks tres chic laid out in that insta picture #stalker x

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  13. For the first time ever I'm actually considering a onepice! I swim and snorkel a lot on my summer holidays, and bikinis really aren't that practical, plus I've gained some extra pounds this year and I don't seem to be able to get rid of them soon enough. Great selection of swimsuits :)

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  14. Lovely prints! The Miu Miu is fab :) x

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  15. ooh love these! the striped one in the first photos is my favourite though

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  16. I have invested in a one piece this year but I am not ready to ditch my bikini completely quite yet despite my flabby tummy. I have opted for a black one piece as I assumed it would be more flattering, especially as I am quite short but perhaps I should have tried patterned (wish I had read this post before I ordered), they look so much more fun!

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  17. Such great advice, so many women, so many body issues......Someone I know who has a fabulous figure, recently underwent ovarian cancer surgery, leaving her with a huge tummy scar, so sometimes it isn't about shape or weight, and you have shown some fabulously glamorous one pieces here, that whatever your shape or problem areas, will look the business!! xx Helen

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  18. I have a couple of printed one pieces from Boden which I love and they're definitely more flattering on me than a bikini (though I do still wear them sometimes). Perhaps I need to admit defeat and let the bikinis go once and for all! Lynne x

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  19. Thank you for your post, you inspired me to invest in a one-piece after being a bikini addict for many, many years. I have a thing for La Perla and found this one on sale (http://www.laperla.com/uk/cfilpd800879.html). It was delivered within 48 hours and I was thrilled. The cut is divine, the draping in the front are actually separate pieces of fabric so it is very forgiving. x Helen

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  20. I love the first one piece, gorgeous! Unfortunately I've been on holiday for this year & haven't a spare 140 pounds :-( will remember this advice though.....thanks Sharron, xx

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